Academic Programmes

Academic Programmes

About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

Our four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,557 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,090,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

Mission and strategy

The IB is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

What does the IB offer?

Our four programmes span the years from early years to pre-university. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum.

The Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.

The Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.

The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

The Career-related Certificate (IBCC) for students aged 16 to 19 is the newest offering from the IB. The IBCC incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB Programmes into a unique offering specifically designed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

What makes IB unique?

We offer a continuum of education, consisting of four individual programmes. We span the years from kindergarten to a pre-university diploma. While we are traditionally known for the Diploma Programme, IB World Schools increasingly offer all four programmes.

We are proud of our reputation for high quality education sustained for over 35 yearsOur curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. Our challenging Diploma Programme assessment is recognized by the world’s leading universities. We maintain our high standards by actively training and supporting teachers, and by authorizing and evaluating IB World Schools.

We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.

We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. We encourage community service because we believe that there is more to learning than academic studies alone.

We ensure that our programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools—national, international, public and private—in 146 countries. These IB World Schools form a worldwide community in which there is no such thing as a “typical” school (more than 50% of IB students are in state-funded schools). IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration

About the International Baccalaureate at Crnjanski

Starting from 2006/7, Gimnazija Crnjanski introduced a most prestigious program of education, The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, thus becoming the first national school in Serbia authorized to teach it.

It is a rigorous, two year pre–university academic program, intended to prepare students for entering universities and studying abroad.

Pre IB

Pre IB course is a specifically designed course for our prospective students. The IB acknowledges that it is important for students to receive preparation for taking part in the DP, and that preparation is this course.

This course will help you to:

  • boost your English and boost your self-confidence
  • make you acquire basic terms and terminology in different subjects
  • encourage you to start thinking critically – reveal your hidden potentials through different Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service


Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programmme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigor and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.

Read more on the Diploma Programme assessment process


  • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Subjects offered

Within the Diploma Programme, Gimnazija Crnjanski offers following subjects:

Group 1 – Studies in Literature and Language

English A, Serbian A, German A

Other School-supported self-taught Languages A

Group 2 – Language acquisition

English B, French B

French ab initio

German B

Group 3 – Individual and Societies



Business Management

Group 4 – Sciences 




Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5 – Mathematics

Math Studies

Mathematics SL&HL

Computer Science

Group 6 – Arts (not available)

Instead of the subject from the group 6, students choose the sixth subject from one of the following groups: 1, 2, 3 or 4.

DP Model
Read more on the Diploma Programme curriculum

National curriculum

For those students who are interested in obtaining a national curriculum diploma at Gimnazija Crnjanski, together with the IB diploma, there is a possibility of transferring IB marks into national curriculum grades. For more information, contact the school’s IBDP coordinator.

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