PriorityGO

PRIGO Mission & Vision

PRIGO schools are based on the unique PriorityGO approach, which is protected by a trademark. We try to develop the personalities of our pupils, students and teachers by combining individualization of teaching and modern didactic methods. PRIGO schools focus not only on theoretical education, but especially on the applicability of graduates in future life. Emphasis is placed on cultural traditions and values ​​of education in our area and especially on the high quality of teaching with priority given to the development of factual skills over the formalized achievement of the qualification framework.

The philosophy of PRIGO schools is therefore clearly defined and is constantly adapted to the development of society. We know who we educate and how we educate him. We have a clear idea of ​​where we go and where we want to go. Like our pupils and students, we make mistakes, but we try to learn from them. At the same time, we learn from the best. We cooperate with more than twenty foreign schools from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France and other countries, not only in the form of mobility programmes, but especially by sharing examples of good practice.

Ten principles of PriorityGO
  1. School for life as it will be (guarantor: JUDr. Pavel PETR, Ph.D., LL.M.)
    We have a vision. A vision to be a school for life as it will be. We derive from the values applicable in the Czech cultural environment. We use the good elements of our educational system while inspiring ourselves by examples of good practice from abroad. The Czech educational tradition is applied in a way to meet the needs of the 21st century as well as the role of the Czech Republic in the European and global area. We strive to educate creative personalities with a strong sense of adaptability and fl exibility who will be able to prove themselves successful in life both at home and abroad. Our teaching and balanced offer of extracurricular events include sports activities, cultural activities, and activities necessary for everyday life, such as courses of housework and crafts.
  2. Personality development (guarantor: Mgr. Kateřina Musiol KUCHNOVÁ, Ph.D.)
    We have a mission. It is based on the premise that boundaries of one’s development are in fact just the boundaries of people’s minds. We do our best for our pupils and students to invest their efforts mainly in developing skills in the areas in which they are good at, not wasting their potential in areas where their possibilities are limited. We teach our students to work with mistakes and embrace both their strengths and weaknesses. We support the development of creativity, which we consider to be the basis of personality development. Similarly, we make efforts to contribute to the personal development of our teachers. We then fi nd harmony by identifying suitable groups of teachers and pupils so that their mutual interaction is compatible with their personality characteristics and learning goals. Our schools further focus on the development and education of talented individuals, in other words, those whose capabilities signifi cantly exceed the average. Nonetheless, an emphasis is always placed on openness and equal opportunities.
  3. Critical thinking (guarantor: Ing. Michaela TICHÁ, Ph.D.)
    We are not afraid to use our own reason. Therefore, we consider the development of critical thinking as the basis for preparation for future life. We emphasize modern didactic methods, the development of transferable competencies, an active approach to the notion of feedback, self-evaluation, and self-refl ection in teaching. We advocate for independence in decision-making and assuming responsibility for our actions. We teach pupils and students not to rely on fi rst impressions, to navigate through the fl ood of information and work with them appropriately, and, not to take over mainstream opinions without thinking. We encourage the students to build their own qualifi ed opinion while using a critical distance and reducing the superfi ciality of information. We enhance the natural curiosity and desire for knowledge, as well as comprehensive development with a suitable mix of school and extracurricular activities. Our goal is an education aimed at lifelong learning and preparation for future life, where it is necessary to critically gain and process information and where it is desirable to respond fl exibly to dynamic changes of the needs of society.
  4. Individualization (guarantor: Mgr. Kateřina Musiol KUCHNOVÁ, Ph.D.)
    We are unique. Teaching in our schools is highly individualized and it includes personal and career counselling, which allows us to develop each person’s unique abilities. We limit the traditional frontal teaching methods to a reasonable minimum and apply elements of foreign good practice instead. We do not perceive the process of individualization merely in terms of decreasing the number of pupils or students educated by a single teacher. Contrarily, the opportunity to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student and educator lies at the heart of this process. We engage in active work to develop the individual needs of our students in order to achieve their maximum applicability in further studies and life. We apply a supportive and friendly approach to every student since we understand education as a public service and mission. However, we educate our students to reasonably respect authorities, the rules of common conduct and tolerance towards other members of society. We promote the development of skills in the fi eld of etiquette.
  5. Mentoring (guarantor: Ing. Linda FOLTÝNOVÁ, DiS.)
    We learn intergenerationally. We provide a unique opportunity to transfer intergenerational experiences between our schools, which cover the entire education system and include children from two years of age to senior students at the university of the third age. We create opportunities for developing intergenerational respect and exchanging experiences within and among all schools. Older pupils and students become mentors of the younger ones, which makes it possible to increase the quality of the educational process and boost their own sense of responsibility. Similarly, mentoring takes place between individual groups of teachers. We advocate for the development of natural respect between the generations through informal events for all age groups.
  6. Project approach to teaching (guarantor: Ing. Rudolf MACEK, Ph.D.)
    We support responsibility and teamwork. We apply stimulating teaching methods such as discussion, problem solving, or real-life simulation in teaching. Beyond that, however, we also build on complex methods which combine various didactic elements, especially those aimed at developing critical thinking, cooperative teaching, and project teaching. Taking part in projects helps our students to better understand current challenges and the cultural-historical development of society. The project approach to problem solving is directed for use in later life and work – for this purpose, we intensively rely on practical training. Additionally, we support creative and sometimes even slightly unconventional or risky projects, which allow us to grow.
  7. Smart school (guarantor: JUDr. Pavel PETR, Ph.D., LL.M.)
    We follow the current trends. We are aware that the school itself is no longer the sole or main source of information, and that its role is to some extent assumed by the online environment in the present time. We focus on the use of modern technologies in terms of teaching and in terms of our study fi eld offer, but always in line with the study goals and the personality development of the student. We are a smart school. Our priorities are connectivity, electronic communication, and transparency. We use mobile devices and the Internet environment not only as a part of teaching, but also in all other activities associated with attending the school. Meanwhile, our goal is for technologies to become a natural part of life, a tool for solving problems and simplifying work and life in general, not as a mean of consuming free time and replacing one’s personal social ties. We emphasize education aimed at safety in the use of technologies.
  8. Internationalization (guarantor: doc. Mgr. Ing. Zuzana MACHOVÁ, Ph.D.)
    We learn from the best. We consider it crucial to develop an overlap of education achieved at home towards a foreign experience. In most of our study programmes, we offer an alternative of the entire programme or some of the subjects in a different language and the language competences are further developed during extracurricular activities. We support international student exchanges and internships abroad during and after graduation, while we make efforts to help our students in fi nding a work engagement abroad. International mobility of pupils, students and teachers is therefore at an above-standard level at our schools. We include teaching about other cultures and customs, including their limits in our domestic setting, through the participation of students and teachers from abroad in our schools.
  9. Ethics (guarantor: Mgr. Ing. Petr PTÁČEK, Ph.D., MBA)
    We respect traditional values. Therefore, in accordance with the traditions in our cultural area and especially with regard to the challenges of the surrounding globalised environment, we focus on formal and informal transferring of experience and moral postulates into education, always with regard to the degree of the specifi c study and the student’s age. We support charitable and volunteering events. We guide our pupils and students to respect normative systems, such as law, morality, and religion, and to understand the signifi cance of social values. Despite that, we always choose a balanced, rational, and non-dogmatic approach.
  10. Sustainability (guarantor: Ing. Rudolf MACEK, Ph.D.)
    We are humans. Not only do we educate our pupils and students to respect one another but also to respect the surrounding environment. With an appropriate mix of educational, and in particular volunteering extracurricular activities, we guide them towards sustainable behaviour, environmental consideration, and the understanding of global issues – always with a non-dogmatic and sensible approach based on the awareness of social responsibility. We support the extracurricular activities of pupils and students, especially those which help them to assume responsibility for their surroundings, enable them to understand the role of public life and active participation in it.

PRIGO smart school

PRIGO is a school for life as it will be. We do our best to prepare our pupils and students to succeed in their future life, despite the fact that none of us has a clear idea as to what society and life will look like in a few decades. Our philosophy is based on the ten principles of the PriorityGo approach. We strive to educate creative personalities with a strong sense of adaptability and flexibility who will be able to prove themselves successful in life both at home and abroad. Therefore, we consider the development of critical thinking as the basis for preparation for future life. We emphasize modern didactic methods and the development of transferable competencies in teaching.

We are aware of the fact that the school itself is no longer the sole or main source of information, and that its role is to some extent assumed by the online environment in the present time. We focus on using modern technologies to our advantage. We use mobile devices and the Internet environment not only as a part of teaching, but also in all other activities associated with attending the school. Our goal is for technologies to become a natural part of life, a tool for solving problems and simplifying work and life in general, not as a mean of consuming free time and replacing one’s personal social ties. Meanwhile, we respect the traditional values and our cultural-historical environment.

We go further! We are a smart school. Our priorities are connectivity, electronic communication, and transparency. An emphasis is placed on safe work with technologies. For the last five years, we have significantly changed our approach to information and communication technologies and their meaningful involvement in teaching and other activities. In the first phase, the principle “Bring your own device” was implemented, whereby the personal technical devices of pupils and students, especially their mobile phones, were appropriately involved in teaching. This school year marks the second phase of the process with iPads and Apple TVs being used on suitable occasions in class within the whole PRIGO Elementary School.

From September 2021, a new system of teaching individual subjects and the use of information and communication technologies in selected groups and classes will be implemented at all PRIGO schools. All current and new pupils enrolled in PRIGO Penguin’s Kindergarten or PRIGO Elementary School, as well as their teachers, will receive an iPad. Both of these schools will be therefore fully equipped. As a consequence, we will be finally able to accelerate the changes in teaching towards the needs of the 21st century. At PRIGO grammar schools, all new students enrolled in our six-year and eight-year grammar school programmes as well as those students who will start the IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate) will receive iPads, and so will their teachers. Furthermore, iPads or MacBooks will be provided to all new full-time students of the Registered General Nurse and Registered Paediatric Nurse programmes at PRIGO College and all new full-time students of all bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes at PRIGO University. All their teachers will be equipped accordingly, too. In the upcoming years, all our other pupils, students, and teachers at PRIGO schools will be gradually equipped in like manner. The devices will always be new, it will be possible to use them for school, extracurricular and personal purposes, and after successful completion of studies, they will become the personal property of the pupil or student free of charge.