Educating in the Classroom and Beyond
IB and HSC – Educational Diversity
Both the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) are available to students from Year 11, and each student is advised on which best suits their learning needs and is most sustainable for them personally. The IB was first offered at the School from Year 11 in 2009.
Academic Success in Examinations
Our performance in public examinations - the School Certificate, HSC and IB - suggests an atmosphere of highly accomplished teaching and learning. While the wide range of post-school pathways chosen by our students demonstrates the diversity of St Andrew’s students, most progress towards an ATAR and tertiary education at the conclusion of Year 12. Most importantly, we strive to help them achieve their best in all areas.
Independence and Equilibrium
When an independent research company conducted their Senior College Study into how our students view their education, the results were overwhelmingly positive. The survey findings are available in our published booklet, The Student Voice (download below).
In the Senior College we encourage students to achieve a positive equilibrium in their lives by making the most of our extensive and rewarding opportunities for leadership, curricular and co-curricular involvement and community service. This emphasis on making the most of educational and co-curricular opportunities reflects our philosophy that a student is worth more than their final mark.
Accountability and Responsibility
With allocated areas of the city opened up to seniors during lunch and recess, our students must accept greater levels of accountability and responsibility. We seek to ensure that St Andrew’s graduates are well equipped with responsible independence, a skill highly valued in both tertiary institutions and workplace environments.
A Word from our Senior Students
“At St Andrew’s, there are amazing bonds between students, teachers and communities. We all mingle. It’s probably got a lot to do with being co-ed, in the city with a mix of students from all over.” - Senior College student
“We’re close to the real world at SACS. We’re not sheltered or stuck behind school gates. Being here gives us life experience, makes us feel more independent and grown-up.” - Senior College student