Scio is a private firm (limited-liability company) that is not dependent on either the state or subsidies. It currently has approximately 60 employees and several hundred external collaborators.
Scio has been plying the waters of education since 1995 and is behind the establishment of the innovative ScioSchool, as well as a number of projects for schools, parents and children. It is the implementer and guarantor of National Comparative Exams. The company is staffed by a diverse range of people who combine interest in education with constant monitoring of trends in this field.
- We want to make the world a better place. Therefore, we strive to improve education and the development of children.
- We focus on the future, as education should prepare children for a high-quality life in the second half of the 21st century.
- Within the company, we strive to change the understanding of the goals, content, forms and tools of education. There, we help to effect changes.
- We want to not only point out problems and cultivate the opinions of others, but also to concurrently offer solutions.
Scio – how it was, is and will be
Scio was established by Ondřej Šteffl in 1995. The company began as a start-up with two people and the objective of formulating professional tests for acceptance exams, which were common in the United States but virtually unheard of in the Czech Republic. Despite the conservative and reserved approach of many schools, they slowly began to realise that educational measurement is a distinct field with its own professional standards. One of the initial innovations was the test of general adademic prerequisites.
A number of years have since passed. At present, Scio collaborates with Czech schools via numerous projects, products and services. The offer that Scio currently has available covers a broad spectrum of the needs of schools, teachers, parents and children, from gauging the scholastic climate and tests focused on strengths to development of soft skills and emotional intelligence.
As Scio has long striven to monitor innovations in education and to put into practice domestic innovations in a practical form, the decision was made in 2015 to open the first ScioSchool, an innovative elementary school that responds to current findings in the areas of pedagogy and psychology. Currently, there are nine elementary ScioSchools located in Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Jihlava and Frýdek-Místek, and one Scio high school located in Prague. The highest priority of ScioSchools is to respect the individual needs of students and to support their natural desire to learn.
However, education is not confined only to schools. We learn everywhere, all the time. Therefore, we are continuing to work on projects focused on parallel education, which takes place outside of school and enables parents to actively contribute to their children’s development.
Scio is a winner of the family-friendly company award.
The company is headquartered in Prague, where the majority of its employees work.