Gimnazija Gospić School is situated in Gospić, a small town on the way from the continental part of Croatia to the Adriatic Sea. The area is called Lika and is surrounded by the world famous National park Plitvice Lakes, Nature parks middle and south Velebit, rich with floral endemic species and clean rivers. It is a town with long history.
Gimnazija Gospić is a secondary school with 230 students (age15-19) and 27 teachers today. Many famous people, like Nikola Tesla, had been taught in this school through its history. The official language in this school was German in 1860 when it was founded.
Today we teach our students English and German as a second foreign language through all four years. Our school offers students some extra programmes in IT, Geography, English, Biology, and Chemistry which help students to determine their future career. Lessons start at eight in the morning and finish at two in the afternoon with a twenty-five minute break after the second class. Thus students have chance to practice different activities in the afternoon.
Most of our students live in the surrounding neighbourhood, but there are still about 30% of them who travel to school by bus. They come from the middle class families.
Our school is trying to offer students motivation for a quality education, to participate in international projects stimulating their creativity through promotion of students' skills through non-formal education as well as to work on students' self – confidence in practicing and improving their English alongside with discovering their own potentials. We hope that we will be able to embed Etwinning and Erasmus+ project in the normal curriculum. We would like to promote the sense of European citizenship through youth and teachers' exchange.