Colegiul Naţional "Cantemir-Vodă"

Bucharest, România

"Cantemir Voda" National College was founded as a middle school in 1868, named Secondary School "Matei Basarab". In the year 1879, the institution became an independent school, named "Cantemir Voda". The current building was built in 1915 and was extended in 1922 and, later, in 1932. The building was strengthened and restored in the period 2004-2008 and, nowadays it is declared a historical monument.
In the college, 782 students attend classes under the guidance of 42 teachers. Among the students, there are several children from immigrant families from countries like Turkey, Syria, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, China, Israel, Ethiopia and a few Roma students and some Hungarians. Our high school has registered and two students with physical disabilities.
Within the school, there are 12 classrooms, a Physics laboratory, a Chemistry one and a Biology one and five computer labs equipped with high-tech tools. Also, there are 10 class equipped with projectors, five digital boards (including 3 smart), 130 computers and laptops, internet connection and, in most classrooms, there are wi-fi networks. Most students and teachers have smartphones and use the Internet frequently.

The academic program of our high school classes is Mathematics-Informatics, intensive and normal, Natural Sciences and, for another two years, Social Studies. Since 2013, there has been 4 classes of middle school, one on each level, students being selected through with a rigorous testing in Math. The direction of the school in the last 25 years was towards Exact Sciences and IT, many learning opportunities being offered to the students passionate of IT: a CISCO academy (founded in 1999, the first Regional Romanian Academy), an Oracle academy (by 2003) and since 2012, inside the college, an ECDL Test Centres is opened. In the past four years, students interested in Robotics have participated in various national and international competitions with good results: first place prize at the Regional phase, second, at the National phase (2014), ranked fourth at the National phase in 2015 and one of the students was awarded the second prize at the International Robotics Competition in Chicago in 2013.

The training level of college’s students is high and very high, certified by the admission average in the ninth grade and the percentage of almost 100% graduation at the baccalaureate exams. Also, our students won prizes at national competitions in Mathematics, Economics, Spanish Language. With very few exceptions, all graduates attend, at least, one university in Romania or in foreign countries, in IT, Computer Science, Economics, Medicine, Architecture, Political Science.

In our school the students study English, French, German and Spanish as forein language and many of them have obtain FCE (First Certificat in English) or CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), IELTS Certificat.

School promotes a healthy lifestyle, students are advised to take exercise and have a balanced diet, our high school providing our pupils a hot and tasty meal at the school’s canteen. The high school students are involved in extracurricular activities of the most diverse, such as: Debate Club, photography, choir, sports competitions, visits to the museums and watching shows. In addition, numerous excursions and camps in the country and abroad are organized frequently. Volunteering activities, ecological projects and arts are being encouraged, and photography contests, graphics, poetry and exhibitions are organised regularly. A reminiscence of the Comenius partnership entitled "Citizen of CARELAND", the Christmas festivity organized annually for children with visual disabilities who live in the center opposite our high school, remained a beautiful tradition in our college.

The organizational culture is based on continuous teacher training from obtaining academic degrees to participation at courses and internship training or being part of the national and international projects. Some teachers have PhD in Science, some are authors of textbooks and school auxiliaries (including an electronic one), methodists of the School Inspectorate.
In the last 12 years, more teachers have attended seven training courses abroad and have obtained three grants Comenius Partnership, which could be translated into a desire to evolve professionally, to diversify the educational activities and update the teaching methods to the needs of the contemporary student.

About 5-10 future teachers perform annually their teaching practice in CNCV.