The Second Chance School of Matosinhos is an independent school run by an NGO, in partnership with the relevant local and national authorities. It is the only second chance school in the country and a member of the European Association of Cities, Institutions and Second Chance Schools (E2C).
The school has a unique education and training programme - students design and develop their training plan for 1 to 2 years, with the support of the school counselling and guidance.
The education and training programme includes vocational training, artistic training, academic education to obtain a 6th or 9th grade certificate, personal and social development and educational support and psychosocial intervention.
Vocational training is work-based and usually developed in enterprises.
Personal and social development includes workshops in different areas and cooperation with other institutions. It aims at dealing with any issue afflicting the students (e.g. health and addictions).
Educational support and psychosocial intervention - Support is provided by social educators, psychologists and other staff.
Artistic training, mainly drama, music, dance and visual arts, is provided throughout the year, as part of the regular activities of the school.
 The 6th grade (end of the 2nd cycle of basic education) corresponds to the last year of primary education, and the 9th grade is the last year of basic education (end of the 3rd cycle of basic education) corresponding to the last year of lower secondary.