Bryggeriet skatepark has been heart of the Malmö skate scene since 1998. In 2005 the board of the skatepark was granted a permit to start a high school on their premises. The idea waas to incorporate skateboarding as a subject on the school curiculum.
Long time skater John Dahlquist was hired to build a subject around skateboarding in incorporate as many aspects of the culture as possible into the courses.
The school started fall of 2006 with 50 students and today the students can choose from the profiles of art, photo, film and skateboarding as special courses. The school is run as a non-profit NGO.
Ten years later the school has 150 students of which about half are skaters. The skate students come from all of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Students need to at least understand basic Swedish to apply.
The great aim is to study for a high school diploma. All "regular" classes are included such as English, Social science, Math and Swedish. In that perspective it is a traditional school. What makes Bryggeriets gymnasium special is the inclusion of students' interest in other activities such as art and skateboarding. (And the fact that there is a huge skatepark in the middle of the school.)
Main belief is that the drive, passion and attitude that skateboarding brings can work as good generators of other outcome. The teachers want to create a school outside the box.
The school has had a fair share of great skaters such as Oskar Rosenberg-Hallberg, Didrik Galasso, Karl Berglind, Sarah Meurle, Fernando Bramsmark and Herman Stene who have made careers as skateboarders. That is all great but not the big goal at Bryggeriet Gymnasium.
There are no demands on prior knowledge. Students need to have passing grades from middle school and understand Swedish to apply. A passion for skateboarding helps but the level of skating is secondary. But the evolution when 70 skaters are out in the same spot is obvious.
These are just words. Teaching, learning and the effects of bringing your passion to school is hard to explain. Phil Evans films about Bryggeriets gymnasium hopefully gives a glimpse of what
skateboarding on the curriculum means. Have a look at Bryggereriet #1 and stay tuned for more…