TAS aspires to be the highest academic-performing school in the region, whilst simultaneously remaining committed to developing well-rounded, curious and creative individuals who can make a contribution to the world around them.
Mapping the journey
As an IB World School, the academic journey at TAS starts with the Primary Years Programme in Junior School (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 5) which continues to the Middle Years Programme in Middle School (Years 6-8). From the commencement of Senior School in Years 9 and 10, students are able to select semester-long elective courses from dozens of options that prepare them better for subject selection in the HSC years of 11 and 12. TAS is also proud to offer one of the broadest ranges of HSC subjects in regional NSW.
All for One and One for All
The curriculum allows all students to be treated as individuals by offering flexible learning pathways, whether it be for mainstream university entrance or vocational careers. However all students are expected to stretch themselves academically to reach their full potential and their progress is tracked to assist in reaching this goal. The school’s healthy academic culture and technologically-rich learning environment attracts highly capable staff committed to bringing out the best in students.
We are all in this together
Consultation forms a central part of positive academic growth, and staff regularly meet with students to track their academic progress and look ahead to opportunities for growth via targeted approaches to learning. Our Director of Teaching and Learning meets with students in the Senior School to assist with subject selection, study skills, academic goal setting, and in making the right decisions to maximise their final results. Discussion with parents throughout is also crucial to the success of the student and with the variety of communications platforms available, we want the combination and strength of parents, teachers and students working together.
On the Track for Success
TAS is developing their academic tracking capabilities to clearly convey student progress. In turn, this tracking allows for teachers to identify areas of growth as well as the need for intervention when achievement alters. Extension classes in English/HSIE, Science and Mathematics allow for students who excel in these areas to be challenged appropriately whilst other students have academic goals that are achievable and presented at a suitable pace.