ISISS "R. D'Altavilla, V. Accardi". Mazara del Vallo (Italy)

I.S. "R. D'altavilla V. Accardi" is a Technical Industrial Secondary School. It represents different fields of industry: "Mechanics, Mechatronics and Energy", "Electronics, Electrotechnics and Automation", "Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnology", "Transports and logistics".

Evening classes for working adult students are active in the field of "Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnology", "Electronics, Electrotechnics and Automation", and "Transports and logistics". In the two branches located in Campobello di Mazara and Petrosino the school offers one course on "Constructions, Environment and Territory". All classes study English as a foreign language.

Mazara del Vallo, located on the western Mediterranean coast of Sicily, is a “frontier town”, with an economy essentially based on the presence of a numerous fleet of fishing-boat and a considerable fishing production. This makes the town one of the most representative Italian centre for deep-sea fishing as well as a multiethnic pole where different people and cultures - mainly coming from North Africa - were able to find the way, unfortunately not always taken for granted, of the peaceful cohabitation.The significant presence of students from different nationalities makes our school to deal with often unexpected issues: immigrant students’ unique socio-emotional needs, community conflict, a wider range of skills in English, lack of a common language for communication with parents, and more.

These are the challenges that teachers face in our school and that we want to solve by rethinking classroom strategies, family engagement practices, and how to best navigate cultural divides. The school is investing in innovative education methods, focusing on quality teaching and lifelong learning.

The school is very well resourced with facilities that provide students with a high quality learning environment. It is located in a spacious, well-maintained 3 floors building divided in three blocks. It provides a gym used for various sport activities, a playground, a futsal field, and a green area. It is fully networked with wireless broadband and equipped with a large variety of technologically advanced laboratories in all courses, among which the most important are an Electrotechnical and Automation Laboratory equipped with simulator training panels; a mechanical laboratory that is fully equipped with major tools such as Lathes, Mills, etc. and hardness testing machines like CHARPY impact testing machines; the lab of automated systems is equipped. The schools also provides a microbiological laboratory, an analytical chemistry laboratory, and an organic chemistry laboratory. Several classrooms are furnished with an interactive whiteboard and Internet connection.

I.S. "R. D'altavilla V. Accardi" has a student population of roughly 1448 students (10% of which are immigrant students), 200 teachers and 38 members of the technical staff. The diverse community of students consists of a wide range of lifestyles and economic backgrounds. Parents are committed to participating in their child’s education through our open door policy.

The staff and community are proud of their school and the opportunities it provides for their students. We also actively seek feedback from our families as to how we can be even better.

All planning activities are by the AJA-EUROPE Quality System and STCW (Standards Training & Certification for Watchkeepers) which are specific to the field of “Transports and Logistics” and ISO 9001-2008 RINA for the remaining fields of study.

The school is also certified with quality system certification by the IQNET International Certification Network Certificate for the following field of activities: Design and Provision of Educational and Training Services in Technical Industrial and Professional High School for Maritime Activities.