Pärnu Ühisgümnaasium was founded in 1861 and is the eldest school in town. The student body of Pärnu Ühisgümnaasium consists of 380 students, 16-19 years of age, and 33 teachers. Pärnu Ühisgümnaasium is a place where learning is valued. The teachers appreciate the principle of life-long learning. The students can compile their own curriculum based on their interests and competences. It is the only school in town and in the whole county and one of the few in Estonia where modular study is applied. Studying in the school is interesting and varied as the school is a modern and innovative institution which applies the newest principles in education. Students choose 10 elective courses. The school offers a variety of subjects to choose from: Business and Economy, Architecture, Spanish, Sciences, Sports, Information Technology, Project Management, etc.
The priority of the school development plan is to enable the success of all students, to take into account the qualities of each student, to optimize the choice of orientation and the possibilities of further studies in higher education. foster continuous learning for each member of the high school (teachers and students). Consequently, the objectives to be achieved are, among others, to develop pedagogical innovation, to increase the prospects for each pupil by developing the skills necessary for life in the 21st century (entrepreneurship, computer skills, linguistic skills). etc ...).
Pärnu Ühisgümnaasium is a pilot institution for te use of ICT: in 2015, the school joined the network of institutions promoting innovative approaches and the use of ICT (in Estonian: Digipööre). In 2017, the school wrote a project titled "Young Researchers" for the INNOVE program that granted the school a grant of almost 200,000 euros for the purchase of laboratory equipment. This equipment could be used in this Erasmus project to carry out activities on sciences.
The teachers directly involved have the capacity and the profile to integrate and carry out this project. Liis Raal-Virks, contact person and project director in high school, has a long experience in successful European projects. It will be assisted by five teachers who also have experience in European programs in other ways. The school's project team is reliable and efficient because it has worked together for the European projects for 8 years. Everybody in the team has an active role and concrete responsibility.
The school’s motivation to join the project lies in the fact that the school has never participated in a project that is purely focused on sciences. It would be a perfect opportunity for the school’s sciences department to develop its linguistic and teaching skills while collaborating with European partners in this project.
The school motivation for this project lies also in its modular study and in its aim to establish a more efficient interdisciplinary approach. The project would integrate the different modules as Languages, Media, Creative Industry, Informatics and of course Sciences. Thus, the project would promote cooperation between the teachers and students of different modules which is essential to create a strong and united staff and community of students.
The school has taken part in various international projects since 2001.
The school's expertise lies in successful experiences with Erasmus+ programs and eTwinning projects, in its modular study and in department of sciences, IT, creative industry and media in the school and in good equipment of ICT tools and sciences tools.