We implement the official Canton Sarajevo curriculum from pre-school until the end of primary school. However, we are authorised to teach in English and to use the Montessori philosophy and method. Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian is taught as a dual first language for native speakers.
Specialist subject teaching is introduced in primary school from the grade 6 upward. The school also runs the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme alongside the official cantonal curriculum in grades 7, 8 and 9. At the end of this cycle, the children may choose to sit for the following exams: Eksterna Matura, Cambridge Checkpoint or both, depending on the parent’s and student’s decision.
Bloom high school offers a range of Cambridge IGCSEs and International A and AS level to students. The high school curriculum is unique to Bloom in design. The children have a few core subjects that are mandatory for all and can then expand on this foundation to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives according to their interests. The curriculum offers a broad view of the world, emphasising ecological interdependence, the historical development and interconnectedness of ideas and events, and an international/transcultural perspective.
This highly accredited curriculum is developmentally based and appropriate to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of adolescents. It teaches students to think for themselves and develop logical reasoning, research skills and higher-order “formal” thinking skills rather than having students memorise pre-digested concepts, theories, and information presented in lectures and textbooks.
The course of study goes beyond the traditional curriculum, teaching students how to think clearly, do their own research, express themselves in writing and speech, and apply their knowledge.
The course of study is an “integrated thematic approach” that ties separate disciplines of the curriculum into studies of the physical universe, the world of nature, and the human experience. This integrated approach is one of Montessori’s great strengths.
Bloom evaluates students on a rational, objective basis. Students are not graded on a curve, but are evaluated individually against clearly stated academic objectives through a variety of assessment strategies, including portfolio assessments, execution of long-term projects, exams, and self-evaluation. We encourage students to value the process of learning, and we particularly emphasize the value of learning from their mistakes. Ultimately, our goal is for students to develop the skills and competencies they need to put knowledge into action, and be of service to their community.