History

Grennaskolan, (spelled Grännaskolan until 1995) is a boarding school in the Swedish town of Gränna which was formerly one of Sweden’s three national boarding schools. The main building, Borgmästargården, dating from 1797, is situated beside Gränna’s main square and surrounded by a large garden with a view of Grännaberget. Most of the school buildings and student dormitories are located on Bergsgatan. Grennaskolan was founded in 1963 by Stockholm University. Today Grenna International Campus AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rådhus AB, which is owned by Jönköping Municipality.

Approximately half the students at Grennaskolan are boarders and half are day students. The school has room for 145 boarders accommodated in six houses.

At upper secondary school level, Grennaskolan offers education within Swedish national upper secondary school programmes (Natural Sciences Programme and Social Sciences Programme with various orientations) and the IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate). There is also an introductory course for students with Swedish parents living abroad. The school also offers education at junior high school level (years 7–9) with an international profile.

 

Historic Timeline

1963 – Grännaskolan opened on 5 September. It was conceived as a new and different type of upper secondary school. Grännaskolan would be an international school with a mix of students from Sweden and abroad, and with as many foreign teachers as possible. An intensive study format would be applied, with teaching in large groups and supervision in small groups. The head teacher for the first academic year was Ragnar Jacobson. He was succeeded by Sten Sarborn in 1964.

1965 – The first student graduated from the school at Christmas after 2.5 years of study.

1968 – Grännaskolan opened its first foreign upper secondary school in Brighton. A year later further schools were opened in Aix-en-Provence and Landshut.

1970 – Grännaskolan participated in the first official IB (International Baccalaureate) exam along with ten other international schools from cities including New York, Paris, Frankfurt and Geneva. However, Grännaskolan did not offer an IB programme again until 1995.

1970 – Grännaskolan became one of Sweden’s three national boarding schools.

1974 – The foreign schools had to be closed down when grants to study at the school were abolished.

1978 – Jönköping Municipality took over responsibility for Grännaskolan.

1988 – A junior high school (years 7–9) was introduced at Grännaskolan.

1995 – Grännaskolan changed the spelling of its name to Grennaskolan and introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), with all instruction in English.

1997 – The school became a municipal company owned by Jönköping Municipality.

2013 – Grennaskolan celebrated its 50th anniversary.

2016 – On 18 January, 50 international students embarked on the Pathway Programme, a preparatory programme run by Jönköping University Enterprise. Most of the students who are enrolled in Pathway Programmes at Jönköping University study and live at the campus in Gränna. Tuition takes place at the Jönköping campus about once a week.

2017 – Jönköping Municipal Council took a decision to close down Grennaskolan.

2018 – In conjunction with Campus Gränna AB taking over the buildings, Jönköping County Museum conducted an investigation to assess the school buildings’ cultural and historic value and characteristics.

2019 – On 1 January, Högskolefastigheter i Jönköping AB purchased the buildings used by Grennaskolan via its subsidiary, Campus Gränna AB.

2019 -The last students will graduate at the end of the spring term, after which Grennaskolan will close. The Pathway Programme will continue to operate in Gränna, and aims to expand its number of international students.