Liceo Galileo Galilei became an independent institute in 1974 after detaching itself from Liceo Lussana in Bergamo eventually ending up in its present site in Caravaggio. Since that time it has greatly increased in size to house 48 classes as it does today in 2016. It has three main sectors the Language (since 1992), Science and Applied Sciences departments. Liceo Galilei offers a wide and flexible cultural education.
The language course includes the study of four main languages (out of which the students can choose three) and lasts five years. Students finish up with their language studies when they take the state exam at the end of the fifth year. They also have an hour a week with a mother tongue teacher in every language, which is welcomed as motivating for the students.
Students have the opportunity of using a multimedia station installed in every classroom to help in improving their communicative skills. They attend study courses abroad in foreign countries such as France, Spain, the UK, Germany and Austria. They have the opportunity of participating in the free afternoon courses in the different languages in order to obtain a certificate in the varying languages which they do with flying colours. They have other language-based activities during the school year such as the study of other subjects in English known as CLIL, the study of how to be a guide, the participation in European projects such as Erasmus Plus (formerly known as Comenius) and eTwinning and language competitions such as Kangourou and Juvenes Translatores, among the many others they can choose from. They can also choose from a wide variety of extracurricular activities in the afternoon.
The five-year course allows the students to reach an integration between the humanistic and scientific studies with particular attention to the practical and operative sides. Many activities are carried out to widen and enhance these studies. Students take part in conferences on astronomy, scientific epistemology and high energy physics. They have the opportunity of studying in the various laboratories such as for Physics, Informatics, Biology and Chemistry. They can take part in numerous competitions such as the Mathematics or Physics Olympics and so on. A great number of school trips are organised in factories, international research centres and museums. The course enables students to deepen and develop their or her knowledge and to gain the necessary skills to follow the development of scientific and technological research. It also enables the students to individuate the different forms of knowledge so as to master the technical language needed, the techniques and the relative methods.
Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages or we remain mute".
J. G. Ballard
This course has only fairly recently been introduced. It was opened in the school year 2010-2011. It offers students an opportunity of deepening their knowledge and specialising in Natural Science and Informatics. The course does not include the study of Latin to give way to a wider study of Natural Sciences and Informatics in the five-year course.