Grammar school today

The School of the New Age

Gimnazija danas

At the beginning of the 1990s the civil war started and the socialist Yugoslavia fell apart. Many nonSerb teachers and students left the Grammar School and Banja Luka to be replaced by their Serb colleagues exiled from Croatia and other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Besides, the war and its atmosphere caused many other troubles as well: the terms were shifted to summer months due to the lack of electricity and heating, lack of textbooks and resources, often traumatic situations, complete poverty and the struggle for the very existence. The teaching process in the Grammar School was continued with lots of effort, and it was com - pletely normalised after the Dayton Agreement. The year of 1995 was the 100th anniversary of our school’s ex - istence. However, the celebration of this important anniversary was held in 1996 due to war. On that occasion there were many manifestations held both in the Grammar School and in the town, and the monograph “100 years of Banja Luka Grammar School” was published. In the meantime, in 1993 a new curriculum for The Republic of Srpska grammar schools was introduced, proposing three branches: general, language-oriented and science-oriented. The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was ended by the Dayton Agreement, but many issues were still left to be solved. The teaching process was completely normalized in the peaceful years to come and the Grammar School today is attended by 1200 students and there are more than hundred teachers, librarians, clerks and other workers working there.

Photo gallery of our school may be found here.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation Diploma Programme
Since the autumn of 2006 the Grammar School enrolled the first class of students following the curricula of The International Baccalaureate Organization Diploma Programme. This programme includes the final two years of the Grammar School and the students are enrolled after the second year of the national programme. The basic elements of this programme are as follows: the teaching is in English; students choose six subjects from grouped modules (The Mother Tongue, Foreign language, Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics, The Arts). All the students have to take three obligatory subjects (The Mother Tongue, English, and Mathematics) and three elective subjects. Accordingly, the teaching involves six subjects that are to be taught at either a standard or high level (4 or 6 classes a week). Students are supposed to be taught at least three or at most four subjects at the high level, while the rest of subjects at standard level. Besides the above six subjects, all the students attend Theory of Knowledge classes (TOK) whose aim is to motivate their critical thinking on knowledge and experience gained both within and outside the school, as well as so called (CAS) activities (creativity, action, and socially useful work).

IB DP at Gimnazija Banja Luka offers 17 subjects in 6 different groups:

  • Group 1: Serbian A – Literature SL/HL, Mother tongue A – Literature – self-tought
  • Group 2: English B HL, German B SL/HL, Italian B SL, Italian B Ab Initio
  • Group 3: History SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL, Philosophy SL/HL, Geography SL/HL
  • Group 4: Biology SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, Physics SL/HL, Computer Science SL/HL
  • Group 5: Mathematics SL/HL, Mathematical Studies SL
  • Group 6: Visual Arts SL
Author: Zoran Pejašinović