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Student development


We create the Academy's program with regard to the development of specific skills in high school students.


Program participants therefore complete internationally recognized tests and a self-assessment form at the beginning and end of the school year.


Comparison  The results before and after graduating from the Academy demonstrate in which areas and to what extent the program has contributed to the development of students' key competences.

Jakub, Bratislava

I think one of the most important things the Academy can learn is to be open to people who listen and even more open to those who love us and what they know us.

Karolina, Levoca

This was the biggest gem I've ever experienced, it really gave me a lot and I didn't expect to feel any change, but it happened! I didn't really like reading books, but after this year it's completely different. Well thank you.

Nina, Nitra

I just want to ask you never to stop this program. What you are doing here is something huge. There is a need for as many young people as possible to join the Academy in order for the Academy to promote itself.


Measuring tools

  1. DIT (Defining Issue Test) test of critical thinking in collaboration with the University of Alabama

  2. SCIO reading comprehension test

  3. Self-assessment form

DIT results

The test is focused on measuring critical thinking and solving moral dilemmas.  

Indicator 1: P-score


  • the higher the P-score, the more one thinks like a moral philosopher (they reach a score of 70+)

  • The score also shows the degree of willingness  to take a consensus / decision also with regard to the good of others

  • improvement required: at least 0.4 points (assessed as successful intervention)


Improvement by whole  3 points  is 7.5 times higher  as required  successful educational activity.



Indicator 2:  N2 score

  • The score shows how a particular person rejects ideas that are simplified and biased

  • required improvement: at least 0,4 points  (evaluated as a successful intervention)


The students of the Academy improved by 4.4 points during the school year, ie up to 11 times  more than a successful educational activity requires.

autumn 2019


year 2020


autumn 2019


year 2020


SCIO results

autumn 2019


year 2020


Part of the SCIO test focused  to measure reading comprehension.  ​

During the school year with the Academy, students improved in reading literacy by an average of 7.5 points.


According to SCIO, this difference is significant.  The same test was written by students of the Academy by an average of 14.1 points  better than students who apply  using SCIO at Slovak universities.

Results of self - evaluation

Students answered a series of questions from various areas of personal and academic development. Take a look  summary of the most interesting  results by category.

The study

  • 92% want to go more into the substance of the matter (in depth)

  • 91% want to study more and discover new things

Work on yourself and self-confidence

  • Thanks to the program, 88% want to work more on their good qualities

  • 71% rate that they know the program can change their lives

  • 70% know their values better and stand behind them more.

Commitment and relationship to the environment

  • 76% want to be more responsible

  • 61% want to be more involved in society (at school, etc.)

  • 79% evaluate that, thanks to the program, they are aware that their current actions can have a lifelong impact

Relationships and empathy

  • 70% want to improve their relationships with friends and family

  • 95% consider their teachers to be the most key aspect of the program

  • 72% say they have fewer prejudices because of the program

  • 76% have more understanding of different life situations, even if they have never survived them

How do teachers evaluate the impact of the program?

Like students, teachers have the opportunity at the end of the school year to evaluate the impact of the program in specific areas in the form of a self-assessment questionnaire. See a selection of ratings.


  • 95% want to study more and discover new things

      he wants to work more on his good qualities

  • 75% want to be more responsible

  • 75% want to work more on their relationships

Program evaluation

  • Up to 95% consider  literature, films, a combination of genres and discussion with students for the most influential parts of the program.  

  • 90% perceive mentoring from the Academy as very beneficial

  • 80% perceive  introductory training as important and helpful

Martin Benikovský, Žilina

For the first time, I experienced the guidance of a teacher by another lecturer. At first, I was worried about the result because it was harder for me to accept criticism. However, verbal assessment has been shown to be the best guidance a teacher / lecturer can receive.

Juraj Tuleja, Trnava

I enjoyed watching the students enrich each other and are surprised by each other's views / conclusions.

Lucia Čandíková, Stará Ľubovňa

The Academy of Great Works enriched my life. She helped me get out of my comfort zone, more open to art and students. I was very surprised at how mature and internally rich they are.

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