ISMA Secondary School "Premjers" (ISMA vidusskola "Premjers") in Riga, Latvia

ISMA Secondary School "Premjers" (ISMA vidusskola "Premjers") in Riga, Latvia is a private school. The students aged 7-19 are taught in three levels - primary, lower secondary and upper secondary.

Our school has participated in Comenius multilateral project with 8 partners involved and Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project with 5 partners involved. This has given our staff a valuable experience in international collaboration, teamwork in multi-cultural environment, project management, coordination and sharing responsibilities.

We conducted an eTwinning project “Letters across Europe” two years ago and applied for two more EU projects but they were not approved.

Our school has an experience in organizing and holding methodological workshops and mathematical contests.

One of the benefits of studying at our school is career education, starting from primary school the students do researches about different professions, jobs, explore labor market and possibilities for further education.

Our school works under the guardianship of ISMA (Information Systems Management Institute), so the students have regular meetings with lecturers and teachers from ISMA, participate in various trainings, workshops and international conferences - all these events help them prepare for the future and prevent them from early school leaving.

Since 2009 ISMA has been holding annual festival “ISMA Invites Talents” supported by the Riga City Council. This event consists of diverse activities. They include International Scientific Conference “Information Technologies and Management”, School Olympiad “ISMA Intellect”, International Mathematical Competition “Kangaroo” and performers’ contest. Besides ISMA also organizes Annual International Conferences “Open Learning and Distance Education” and “Internship and Employment”, where the teachers and high school students of our school participate.

Our students learnt a lot about other cultures, practised English and partners’ native languages, thus these projects helped to eliminate prejudice and get rid of many stereotypes.

Our present and future priorities are to prevent early school leaving, to teach and develop skills, competences, and qualifications students need for the constantly evolving labour market. To be competitive at the labour market students need to be equipped with a variety of basic skills, including literacy, numeracy, foreign languages, science and digital skills. Without getting proper education, skills and qualifications needed for a good and prestigious job, they cannot become active EU citizens, are less involved in democratic processes, are less aware of the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination, which are crucial in the modern multi-cultural world.

So our main priority is to give good quality education to everybody.