Istituto Superiore Polispecialistico S.Paolo

The institute was established in Sorrento in 1972 as a subsidiary of the I.T.C. „L. Sturzo” from Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) and acquires autonomy on 1/10/1979, with the name Istituto Commerciale. In 1985, the historic building, purchased by the Provincial Administration, became the headquarters of the Institute which took the name „Istituto Commerciale San Paolo. In the school year 2006/07, the school is enriched with a new section in Massa Lubrense, and from this year the sector is active. The institute has 56 classes and, according to the requirements of the Sorrento Peninsula, is divided into two institutes: Istituto Tecnico Economico (Economic Management, Tourism and ICT) and Istituto Professionale (Commercial Services, Hotel Reception and Gastronomy). The school is the ECDL Testing Center and is very sensitive to the issue of job orientation, promoting internships both locally and in EU-sponsored opportunities, favored by both EU projects and CLIL experiences in recent years, and special attention is paid to other training languages studied: French, German, Spanish. Various extracurricular activities (sports, music, literature, visits to museums and cultural places, etc.) are added to the contribution of training the disciplines specific to each specialization.
We are interested in developing the social and emotional skills of our students because, working in tourism, hotels, restaurants, we inevitably have to deal with people, whose well-being we deal with. Each of the qualifications we achieve also includes social and emotional competencies, but the implementation of SEL education in SAFE conditions would add value to our services. The implementation team consists of 7 people, the coordinator is Filippo de Maio, seconded by Stefanno Matrazzo, collaborator of teachers, teachers, psychologists and counselors who work with students with special needs. The expertise I bring to the project refers to collaboration procedures with the family and the community in reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors (strong family ties, monitoring the students’ activity by parents, consistently applied rules of conduct).