Middle School Curriculum
Our aim is that learning will be significant, challenging, networked and future focussed, with students engaged and growing every day.
The curriculum at St Andrew’s is organised according to the guidelines laid down by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The MYP framework sits over these guidelines and is also shaped by our SACS Learning Model.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
In 2016, St Andrew’s introduced the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), an internationally accredited framework for learning specifically designed for students aged 11 to 16 that caters for their particular learning needs and styles during this stage of life. Students across Years 7 to 10 continue to follow the content of NSW syllabus within the MYP educational framework. The MYP is inclusive in nature, providing for all students, including gifted and talented and those needing support.
The MYP curriculum structure replicates very closely the eight Key Learning Areas of NSW curriculum courses:
- Language and Literature (English)
- Language Acquisition (French, Mandarin or Spanish)
- Individuals and Societies (History, Geography)
- Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
In Years 7 and 8, students study all the Key Learning Areas and Christian Development and then in Years 9 and 10, they will continue to study English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Christian Development, PDHPE and their second language. They will also have a choice of two elective subjects.
Elective subjects are studied from Year 9.
Extra learning resources
There are a number of additional services for students with particular needs. They include:
- The Enrichment and Learning Department for support and extension activities
- Gifted and Talented education programs
- Special interest programs
- After school support for targeted students
- SACS achieve homework support