National programme at Gimnazija Kranj

 

Gimnazija Kranj was established in year 1810 and is one of the oldest and most respected schools in Slovenia. Every year we perform above average results in the national examination (matura) at the end of grade 12 and at knowledge or skills contests on the national and international level. Gimnazija Kranj is a four-year grammar school (gymnasium) enroling 1.000 students from 15 to 18 years old, who had above average results at the primary school.

In natural sciences especially in physics and mathematics our school is one of the strongest schools in the country.

 

Table comparing achievements at the national examination session (matura) in Slovenia (SLO) and at Gimnazija Kranj (GK) from 2001 onwards:

 

SLO

Students Grade 12

GK

Students in the national examination session

Number of successful students

Slovenia

Per cent of successful students

Average number of points

Number of students with hounorable mention (more than 30 points)

Number of students with all (34) points

SLO 2016

 

6509

6145

94,4

20,0

230

17

GK 2016

189

184

180

97,8

21

10

1

SLO 2015

 

6284

5982

95,19

20,21

320

16

GK 2015

208

205

205

100

22

15

0

SLO 2014

 

6396

5955

93,11

19,72

284

20

GK 2014

197

188

184

97,90

20

13

0

SLO 2013

 

6759

6.320

93,10

20

318

19

GK 2013

201

194

193

99,50

22

13

3

SLO 2012

 

6715

6.248

93,05

20,21

378

31

GK 2012

191

187

180

96,30

21,2

21

0

SLO 2011

 

7138

6572

92,07

19,7

335

16

GK 2011

219

210

208

99,05

21,9

22

2

SLO 2010

 

8842

6889

91,1

18,51

280

18

GK 2010

239

231

215

93,9

19,90

18

1

SLO 2009

 

9221

9221

91,8

19,69

379

34

GK 2009

237

233

228

97,9

22,00

23

2

SLO 2008

 

9330

7345

92,9

19,89

378

38

GK 2008

212

210

208

99,1

22,06

20

1

SLO 2007

 

9773

9059

92,7

19,64

427

49

GK 2007

234

232

230

99,1

20,90

18

0

SLO 2006

 

9999

9248

91,5

19,40

432

47

GK 2006

246

241

237

98,34

21,00

19

0

SLO 2005

 

10787

10113

91,5

19,30

271

22

GK 2005

236

222

214

96,3

20,10

7

0

SLO 2004

 

9637

9040

93,8

19,20

249

21

GK 2004

226

223

218

97,7

20,20

15

1

SLO 2003

 

8524

7524

88,3

19,00

190

12

GK 2003

202

197

194

98,5

19,00

5

0

SLO 2002

 

7705

6986

90,7

19,30

251

16

GK 2002

227

226

219

97,8

20,60

10

1

SLO 2001

 

8878

7741

87,2

18,80

201

11

GK 2001

218

205

201

98

20,70

10

0

SLO 2000

 

8744

7585

86,75

18,69

194

16

GK 2000

232

222

220

99,09

20,98

4

0

SLO 1999

 

8614

7410

86,02

18,63

219

25

GK 1999

238

228

223

97,8

19,97

6

1

SLO 1998

 

9235

8307

89,95

18,66

175

19

GK 1998

258

239

228

95,39

19,97

6

1

SLO 1997

 

8666

7661

88,41

_

133

12

GK 1997

248

236

209

88,5

_

4

0

SLO 1996

 

8199

7388

90,11

_

132

18

GK 1996

228

224

214

95,5

19,9

14

3

SLO 1995

 

7892

7196

91,2

18,38

128

8

GK 1995

225

220

215

97,73

21,5

12

0

 

University recognition

Our students are accepted at best university programmes in Slovenia and perform excellent results in all scientific fields especially in natural sciences. More than 80 per cent of our students are admitted to their first-choice university.

 

IB Diploma Programme at Gimnazija Kranj

 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was started in the 1960s by a group of international educators in Geneva, Switzerland. With the goal of transcending political borders; providing a “general education with specialization;” and creating a universally recognized diploma, the first United World College, Atlantic College, was founded. Atlantic College served as a model for the framework of the IBDP, and soon thereafter, other United World Colleges were founded all over the world - with the IBDP as their central curriculum - and the programme began being adopted by high schools as well. Harlan Hanson, one of the IBDP’s founders, stated that the goal of the IB Diploma was to, “provide an internationally acceptable university admissions qualification suitable for the growing mobile population of young people whose parents were part of the world of diplomacy, international and multi-national organizations.”

The unique structure of the curriculum

More important than the IBDP’s unique international recognition and esteem among educators and universities is how the curriculum is actually structured and how the students work within the programme. In an intense two-year period, students take six subjects, of which a minimum of three must be taken at the higher level (HL) and the rest at the standard level (SL). In this regard, students concentrate on and receive specialization in subjects far beyond what they would be able to do in normal high school classes. In addition, unique to the IBDP are the three additional requirements for students to obtain the diploma: Extended Essay (EE), which is a 4000 word independent research essay, which is completed in one of the six subjects; Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which is a class dedicated to the understanding of how one obtains and processes knowledge, and includes a final essay and presentation; and lastly, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), which stresses community and social service and physical activity as means to grow and mature as an individual and productive member of society.

The IB learner profile 

With the IBDP requirements in mind, it’s worth noting what kind of student is most suitable for enrollment in this program. On the surface, of course an exemplary academic record and proven ability to handle a large academic workload are necessary. But the IB learner’s profile stresses above all open-minded thinking and inquiry; reflection and communication; intellectual, emotional, and physical balance; and the ability to take risks, but also defend one’s beliefs and principles. Howard Gardner of Harvard University summed up these ideas by saying that IB students “think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking.”

Gimnazija Kranj on board

Gimnazija Kranj was approved for the IBDP by an international committee in 2009, and began with the first IBDP class in the fall of 2010. Currently, 20 students make up the first class, which will graduate in the spring of 2012. On a weekly basis, the IBDP students engage in social projects in and around the community of Kranj for their CAS requirements, and work independently with faculty mentors on their EEs. The school is excited about how quickly the programme has taken off, and how enthusiastically the students and teachers have embraced these new learning and teaching efforts.

 

Syllabus
The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course. Students can choose six subjects from six groups. At least three or four subjects must be taken at higher HL and the rest at standard SL level. 

 

Group 1: Language A

Mother Tangue - Slovene

Group 2: Language B

English, German, French, Spanish

Group 3: Individuals and Society 

History, Psychology, Philosophy, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts

Subject chosen from groups 2, 3 or 4. 
We don't offer the Arts.


The academic year starts on September 1st and ends in May after the external exams. 

 

Table comparing achievements at the IB Diploma Programme examination May session globally (WORLD) and at Gimnazija Kranj (GK) from 2012 onwards

 

 

IBDP

Students Grade 12

Number of successful students

Per cent of successful students

Average number of points

Highest score

Number of students with all (45) points

WORLD 2016

150000

120000

80

30,07

 

146

GK 2016

22

22

100,00

37,64

7

0

WORLD 2015

143241

115739

80,80

30,20

 

216

GK 2015

22

22

100,00

37,00

10

0

WORLD 2014

137330

108903

79,30

30,10

 

208

GK 2014

24

24

100,00

34,08

3

0

WORLD 2013

127284

99746

79,00

29,90

45

154

GK 2013

19

19

100,00

35,65

42

0

WORLD 2012

121265

93010

78,50

29,83

45

144

GK 2012

15

15

100,00

32,86

40

0

               

 

 

Written by Nataša Kne

Gimnazija Kranj

IB DPC

 

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