Who are we?
The bilingual Kopaliński High School is the only high school in our region that offers an English medium education. This means that some subjects (e.g. maths, history, biology and geography) are taught in both Polish and English. In this way, English is present in most lessons taught at our school.
Lessons in the language of Shakespeare number 10 hours per week in year one, and nine hours per week in years 2 and 3. These include lessons on the culture of English-speaking countries, in addition to lessons with native speakers, during which the focus is primarily on pronunciation.
What do we offer?
Our programme of study provides a wide range of opportunities. Three years of study at our school ensures our pupils a thorough preparation for the Matura school leaving exams, both in compulsory and in optional subjects.
Pupils from our school have successfully taken the so-called bilingual Matura exam in English, which is at a level comparable to the CAE exam. This has allowed our graduates to successfully apply both to foreign universities – which is very popular amongst our pupils – as well as the best Polish universities. Preparation for the so-called bilingual Matura exam includes material in each subject taught in both languages. Pupils from Kopaliński High School can also sit English language national exams in biology, history, geography, maths and other subjects. Their high grades in these exams also help in their application to university.
Our school prepares pupils for all Cambridge English language exams. To facilitate this, we cooperate with The British Council, which also helps to reduce the cost of the exams. Our pupils are present in every exam session, successfully sitting the FCE, CAE and CPE exams.
However, English is not the only foreign language available at our high school. In both compulsory and optional classes, our pupils can choose from languages such as German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and French. They also obtain certificates in these languages confirming their language abilities.
Excellent additional contact with the ‘living language’ is obtained on international exchange programmes. Before our pupils travel to their hosts, they exchange correspondence with them and get to know the families with whom they will be spending a week. During their stay they communicate only in English. After they return home, they usually stay in touch with their new friends, for example via social media. Our school also participates in various international projects (Enter Your Future, PenFriends) and we actively encourage our pupils to take part. We also organise lessons with foreigners so that our pupils can get to know a variety of different cultures. Our guests from abroad are always extremely impressed by the language abilities of Kopaliński pupils.
What about extra-curricular activities? Pupils cannot live on studying alone, which is why we try to organise many additional attractions that provide opportunities for integration, fun, art appreciation etc. Annual school trips, regular visits to the theatre, cinema and concerts, sailing camps, class campfires – these are just some of the activities organised by the school. Our teachers are always open to pupils’ suggestions, which means that new initiatives and projects are constantly added to scheduled school events.
An important part of the work of our school is our charitable activity, which is used to help those most in need. One event that has become a tradition is the ‘Kopal’s got Talent’ concert, during which pupils present their abilities on stage. The money raised at the concert is then donated to care homes. Every December, we also participate in the ‘Noble Box’ campaign, preparing Christmas parcels with essential products for selected families in need. In addition to these large-scale events, pupils also do their bit to help to make the world a better place by organising other fund-raising activities and programmes with the support of their teachers e.g. for the local animal shelter.
Our graduates go on to become students at the best universities both at home and abroad. On return visits to our school, they often emphasise the professional preparation that Kopaliński gave them, not only for their further studies, but also for their careers. Many of them take up paid employment upon finishing high school, and put the skills and language abilities they have learnt at our school to good use.
We would like to welcome everyone who is interested in studying at our high school to come and visit us. We guarantee a high level education, many attractions and unforgettable experiences, and a unique atmosphere that makes hard work so much easier. Join the Kopal team!