The founding of the school
The school was founded by Konstantinos G. Kavalieratos (1856-1924). Mr. Kavalieratos, who originated from the island of Kefallonia, was appointed in 1881 by the Greek state to found the Greek Demotic School in Thessalia, which had recently become part of Greece. Having completed his service, Mr. Kavalieratos was inspired to start a «School for Greek Students» in Athens. Thus, in 1908, Ionios School was founded. Initially it was housed in a small building on the corner of Solomou and Kanigos Street. In 1912, it was transferred to two buildings in Akadimias Square, on Zoodochou Pigis and Harilaou Trikoupi streets, where it remained for 50 years.
The administration and ownership of the school remains with the descendants of Mr. Kavalieratos to this day.
Ionios School today
In 1961, the school moved to the suburb of Filothei and began operating on the current site with Demotic, Gymnasium and Lycium schools. In 1981, the school acquired a second site in Marousi and the kindergarten was opened there. In 1996, the second Demotic school was established in Marousi and in 2001, the athletic centre “Konstantinos Kavalieratos” was inaugurated. In 2005, the Marousi site expanded further to include a new building, which houses Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science laboratories.
In December 2008, Ionios Scholi celebrated its 100-year anniversary by organising a two-day conference. The conference, with the participation of University professors in the field of Education, was hosted in the large amphitheatres of Benaki Museum and Charokopio University.
The aim of Ionios School’s kindergarten is to help very young children to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
The staff encourage the children’s interest in learning, using different approaches to encourage knowledge and understanding. There is also a school psychologist, whose role is to help provide guidance when needed, and to advise parents and teachers on any issues at the beginning of the child’s education.
The curriculum includes the following activities:
Music (Orff system)
Visits to museums
Arts and Crafts
Festivals and shows
There are also extra activities for students who remain at school until 16:00.
II. Demotic Schools (Grades 1-6)
Ionios School has two demotic schools. The first is on the Filothei campus and the second is situated in Marousi.
As part of the Greek national curriculum children are taught:
In addition, English is an integrated part of the programme with daily lessons from 1st to 6th grade. A second foreign language is introduced in 4th grade (4 times per week), when students can choose between French and German.
The afternoon programme has a wide variety of activities for students to choose from. They include: music, ballet, martial arts, dance, chess, art and theatre. There is also a sports programme including gymnastics, volleyball, football, track and field, and basketball.
Thus, a student at Ionios School is given ample opportunity to discover and cultivate his or her talents, to develop a multi-dimensional personality and to be creative.
III. Gymnasium (Grades 7-9)
In Gymnasium, Ionios School follows the curriculum as developed by the Ministry of Education for all schools in Greece. Its application is ensured by:
the academic qualification and credentials of the staff
the experience and tradition of the school
the flexibility of the daily programme.
Tutoring is enriched with the use of computers and students at the school take part in projects, in environmental committees and in other activities which help to broaden their minds and expand their knowledge.
IV. Lycium (Grades 10-12)
In Lycium, Ionios School continues with the same policy and philosophy as in Gymnasium but now the aims are wider. In addition to the knowledge and development of his or her talents, each student is fully prepared for the national university entrance examinations. Students are given the chance to develop the skills and abilities that will help them to succeed in their chosen field of study and profession. For this reason, students are given the option of attending extra teaching classes in the afternoon.
Every academic year over 90% of our students succeed in entry to Greek Universities in their chosen field.
V. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)
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For further information and for information concerning enrollment in Demotic, Gymnasium or Lycium, please contact the school on 210 6857130 or visit our school premises at Louki Akrita 10, Filothei or Sismanogliou 29, Maroussi.