School Tarquinia

The Cardarelli Institute acquired its form and structure in 1997. Today it is composed of two main courses, the Liceo and the vocational school which offers four different curricula: Amministrazione, Finanza e Marketing (Businness School); Costruzione, Ambiente e Territorio (Surveyor School); Turismo (Tourism School) and Agrario, Agroalimentare ed Agrindustria (Agricultural School). We also have an evening school for adult education. The total number of our students is 760. As the number and variety of our curricula demonstrate, the Cardarelli Institute provides a wide range of cultural and professional options, which are enhanced by the several extra-curricular programs the school organizes every year: work-related learning stages; twinning programs with Italian and international partners; training courses for the acquisition of language certifications (Cambridge, DELF and DELE) and I.T. diplomas (ECDL, AUTOCAD, EI-PASS); on-site seminars on future career guidance and meetings focusing on intercultural dialogue, environment preservation, law safeguard, health, sex education and preservation from any type of addition. We have a good experience in Erasmus + management: we coordinated one KA2 approved in 2016 and we participated in one as partner, plus we had one KA1 approved. Most of the students attending the Cardarelli Institute are from Tarquinia, a beautiful town whose main financial incomes are from the primary sector (agriculture) and the tourism industry, since the area is rich in Etruscan remains and is famous for its beaches on the Tyrrhenian sea. Some learners are from the neighbouring towns and villages and commute to school every day by bus or by train. Although a few students belong to prosper and affluent families, the majority are member of the middle class, with some important exceptions of students living in a state of poverty. In our experience, these are the ones more at risk of dropping out school before graduating. The quality assessment of our school is pursued through an annual selfanalysis survey called RAV – Rapporto di Auto-Valutazione. All the school personnel, teachers, pupils and families fill in pre-arranged online questionnaires and give their opinion on a variety of subjects concerning the management of the school. The RAV is a valuable instrument since it helps define and analyse what is perceived as a strength and what as a weakness of the school. Consequently, the RAV outcomes are the base to start planning the actions and strategies to perform in order to better answer the students’ educational needs.