For the past 4 years, our school has been cooperating with schools from Turkey, within the framework of the e-twinning program. For two consecutive years, our school collaborated with the school of Karşıyaka in Izmir. Last year we teamed up and worked in concert with a school in Kuşadası and this year with the Seferi Hisar school. 

Within the context of these programs, students from the cooperating schools who contributed to the team projects along with teachers, visited their peers to present their work in an exchange program. 

Through this collaboration between the schools of the two countries, students were provided the opportunity and exposure to the similarities and differences between their cultures, customs and lifestyles of their contemporaries as well as taking advantage of sightseeing activities. 

Photos of these activities below:

The Karlovassi Lyceum is a relatively small senior high school of 150 students aged between 15 and 18 years old. The number of teachers holding a permanent position at the school is only 9, while the total number of teachers per school year can rise up to 18 when taking into account the substitute teachers and co-op teachers from nearby schools.

The school facilities include 10 classrooms, a Library with a Reading Room, a Science (Physics & Chemistry) Lab, a fully equipped Computer Lab, a small Auditorium, an outdoor Recreation Center, as well as staff room for the school Director and the teachers. Curriculum content is taught in mother tongue, Greek. English is taught as a foreign language, as well as French and German. Many of our students have won awards in mathematic competitions, following the footsteps of Pythagoras of Samos, who is often referred to as the first true mathematician.

The majority of the school’s students are of Greek nationality with a small but considerable number of students from Albania along with some of Asian background. The students come from the small town of Karlovassi and nearby villages and are of culturally, racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds who get to interact in the school environment and appreciate each other’s' uniqueness hence fostering tolerance and peaceful coexistence.    

Cultural diversity in school as well as on the island due to tourism and immigration flows offer plenty of opportunities to our students to explore different traditions, languages, religions. However, financial constraints and the remoteness of the island from the mainland limits our students’ ability to expand their horizons and experience diverse ways of life and culture.

The island of Samos, the birthplace of the two great mathematicians, is an academic attraction that draws students from Greece and Cyprus who are interested in studying at the birthplace of many current mathematical concepts.

Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher, mathematician, music theorist and founder of the Pythagorean School was born on Samos in 570 BC. Pythagoras is known for forming the Pythagorean Theorem. The irrational numbers concept, the discovery of the foundations of musical tuning, as well as the theory that the Earth turned around its own axis and also around the sun are few of his contributions to science. Samos also gave birth to Aristarchus (310-230 BC) the great Greek astronomer and mathematician who presented the first known model of the heliocentric system, putting the Sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it.

The University of the Aegean, Samos Branch, was founded to commemorate Pythagoras. The University of the Aegean has its only Science Department in Karlovassi, with three Schools: Mathematics, Information and Communication Systems Engineering and Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Nowadays, Samos welcomes refugees and immigrants who either take advantage of the convenient location as a passage onward to Europe or as a home for permanent residence, employment and a new life. For the students of our school, the refugees’ circumstances provide a prime example of how delicate life can be. This human condition, reveals to our students a real life, thought provoking illustration of how delicate life is and how so easily and violently lives can be impacted or changed by forces external to and beyond one’s control as rapidly as almost within a blink of the eye.

Karlovassi is a small town of 6,000 inhabitants, located 35 kilometers from Vathy, the capital of Samos island. The town is divided in three parts: the old town (at the port), the middle town, and the new town. Elegant mansions and beautiful 19th century buildings of neoclassical architecture can be seen along the streets of the old and middle town. Deserted tanneries, some of them renovated, still stand today as remnants of the time when commerce and trade flourished in Karlovassi. Some of them were still operating as recently as 30 years ago.

The town’s residents are engaged in various forms of commerce, agriculture, fishing and tourism. Samos is famous for its varieties of wine, especially its sweet wine that is exported to many European countries. Karlovassi also produces olive oil and orchids. 

The natural beauty characterizes our town. The beaches, the blue, clear waters of the Aegean Sea, the greenery and nearby mountains combined with the small and picturesque villages attract many tourists. Samos popularity as a family vacation destination is validated by the summer airline connections to European countries resulting in Samos achieving a significant market share of Greek tourism trade.