Our mission statement

Gimnazija Poljane is not just a school but it is a community of students, teachers, parents and alumni alike. It is a community of all those whose view of the world was in some way shaped by attending Poljane Grammar School. We foster creativity and open-mindedness and firmly believe that knowledge is a core value.




Extracurricular activities

The school has an array of extracurricular activities, which offer teachers and students a chance to work together on projects such as school plays, concerts, hiking trips, movie nights and the annual Christmas concert.

Many students cultivate interests that later develop into either lifelong hobbies or professions.


Academic standards

Our students consistently score higher on the school leaving exam and competitions than the national average. We focus on academic excellence and encourage our students to develop competencies such as critical and innovative thinking.


Programs of study

Gimnazija Poljane offers two separate programs of study namely the general studies and the classical studies.


General studies

This program consists of one part that follows the national curricular guidelines and a second part in which the students choose to either focus on foreign languages or natural sciences.


  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Slovene
English (the first foreign language)
History
Mathematics
Second foreign language (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian)
Geography
P.E.
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
3 lessons per week
English (the first foreign language)
Second foreign language(German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian)
P.E.
2 lessons per week
History
Geography
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science

Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Slovene
First foreign language
History
Mathematics
Second foreign language
Geography
P.E.
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Sociology
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
3 lessons per week
First foreign language
Second foreign language
P.E.
2 lessons per week
History
Geography
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Sociology

Elective subjects


3 lessons per week
NATURAL SCIENCES an additional lesson in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
A FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPTION Third foreign language
3 lessons per week
NATURAL SCIENCES an additional lesson in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
A FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPTION Third foreign language



Classical studies


  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Slovene
The first foreign language
History
Mathematics
Second foreign language
Geography
Latin
P.E.
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
Latin
3 lessons per week
The first foreign language
Second foreign language
P.E.
2 lessons per week
History
Geography
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science

Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
1 lesson per week
Slovene
Latin
Geography
Music
Mathematics
First foreign language
Biology
Art
Second foreign language
Chemistry
P.E.
Physics
History
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
3 lessons per week
Latin
First foreign language
Second foreign language
P.E.
History
2 lessons per week
Geography
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
1 lesson per week
Music
Art

Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Slovene
Latin
Geography
Mathematics
First foreign language
Psychology
Second foreign languagek
Sociology
History
P.E.
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
3 lessons per week
Latin
First foreign language
Second foreign language
History
P.E.
2 lessons per week
Geography
Psychology
Sociology

Elective subjects


4 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Third foreign language
Biology
Physics
other available subjects
4 lessons per week
Third foreign language
2 lessons per week
Biology
Physics
other available subjects

Students have to choose subjects in the range of 4 lessons.


Compulsory subjects


4 lessons per week
3 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Slovene
Latin
History
Mathematics
First foreign language
Second foreign language
P.E.
Philosophy
4 lessons per week
Slovene
Mathematics
3 lessons per week
Latin
First foreign language
Second foreign language
P.E.
Philosophy
2 lessons per week
History

Elective subjects


6 lessons per week
4 lessons per week
2 lessons per week
Psychology
Geography
Latin
Sociology
Biology
Second foreign language
Philosophy
Chemistry
History
Art history
Physics
Computer Science
6 lessons per week
Psychology
Sociology
Philosophy
Art history
Computer Science
4 lessons per week
Geography
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
2 lessons per week
Latin
Second foreign language
History

Students have to choose subjects in the range of 4 to 8 lessons.



School leaving exam “matura”

At the end of their fourth year of study students are required to take a school leaving exam in three mandatory subjects (Slovene, Mathematics and a foreign language) and two subjects of their choosing.

International exchanges

International exchanges have been a part of our school’s tradition for years. In 2014 we made it a part of our curriculum for third year students. So far we have collaborated with schools from a number of different countries including Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia and Spain.

The students spend one week hosting in Slovenia and one week abroad. They experience full immersion into the culture during their homestay with the host family. Participating in international exchanges enables our students to develop a cultural understanding of others and the self. It forces them so take a more active role in presenting Slovenia to foreigners and therefore also learn about it themselves.

We usually organize two day trips which showcase the geographical, historical and natural wonders of the host country. The students are also introduced to the local school system through class auditing and project work. Project work in mixed teams of students explores a specific topic and allows students to develop creativity, critical thinking and work on collaboration. In the past, our topics have included: tourism, cultural and natural heritage, architecture, wars of the 20th century, migrations, solidarity, water, light and so on. Starting this school year (2022/2023) the topic is Active citizenship for European youth which will allow students to discuss human rights, the role of the state, the media and climate change in Slovenia and abroad.

At the end of the week the students are invited to prepare a presentation of their weeklong findings for their parents.

After the exchange the students reflect on the week and usually highlight that the experience has allowed them to forge meaningful connections and experience personal growth.

Foreign teachers at Gimnazija Poljane

Foreign teachers have been a part of our school since the 1990s. They were mainly involved with extracurricular activities such as theatre, workshops and conversation practice.

Today foreign teachers work predominantly in multicultural teaching teams. They aim to apply innovative approaches to language acquisition through project work, research, international exchanges and cross-curricular projects.

The added value of foreign teachers lies in real life learning situations - using authentic literary and conversational language in written and oral communication and thus developing comprehension and communication skills. They also prepare classroom materials, encourage critical thinking skills, offer a multicultural insight as well as act as cross-cultural mediators.

We are proud to be able to collaborate with foreign teachers of all the foreign languages taught at Gimnazija Poljane, namely English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.

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