The Academic Support Department strives to assist and support pupils who have academic needs within the realm of our academic curriculum. We create a nurturing environment that creates opportunities for our pupils to perform on par with their peers. We are located upstairs in the library of the Learning Resource Centre. The Department comprises four staff members who work interactively to serve the needs of our pupils.
The Academic Support Department assists the College in assessing new pupils by providing relevant, skills-based assessments in English and Mathematics. These baseline assessments are designed to give the principal an indication of the pupils’ ability to interact with language and numbers. The assessment process is supported by a “meet-and-greet” the prospective pupil is interviewed in a non-formal environment. The Placement Tests are conducted after the interview and assessed in conjunction with the pupils’ current academic results. A recommendation for support will be made if deemed necessary.
The Academic Support Department endeavours to meet and serve the needs of pupils who require additional support in English in Grade 8 and 9. The purpose of the programme is to develop and strengthen existing skills so that pupils can manage the curriculum independently. The Development Programme does not offer remediation or one-on-one lessons. It operates on an invitational basis only whereby pupils are referred by staff members: pupils who are struggling or underperforming are invited to participate in the programme if merit is warranted and space is available. The Development Programme is considered specialised education and therefore, carries an additional termly fee. The Finance Department debits the school accounts directly.
English Development classes are taught separately by the Development teachers during the timetabled subject lessons. The Development Programme follows the academic curriculum and pupils complete all tasks and assessments as that of the mainstream pupils. The classes are taught in smaller capacities and comprise a maximum of 10 pupils. All of the Development classes are created through a combination of classes and therefore, three Development classes are offered per grade. Extra lessons are also offered in the afternoons. Pupils are released from the programme if (a) their behaviour is disruptive to the learning process; (b) they have surpassed the baseline requirement for the programme (55%). Regular contact is made with parents via email and individual parent interviews are conducted if necessary.
The Academic Support Department runs an extensive accommodations programme that supports pupils from Grade 8-12 who have academic learning barriers. The Accommodations Programme focuses on academic accommodations, academic exemptions (Maths and First Additional Language) and immigrant status. The policy is custom-designed for the College and caters for a large variety of learning needs. The Accommodations Programme is supported by a corps of external invigilators who assist with separate venues and scribing. The programme also offers an e-reader option for pupils who have been granted a reader by the IEB. The e-reader is an affiliated of the IEB portal and is available in English, Afrikaans and Sepedi. The Accommodations Programme is inclusive of the Standardised Test Programme and the Examinations. Detailed information can be provided upon request with regards to the specific portfolio policy documents.
A Learning Enrichment Programme is offered to all Grade 8 pupils as a means to orienteering them to the demands of high school, tests; examinations, study skills and the anticipated volume of work. The course is presented in class context and one lesson per 8-day cycle is allocated for this purpose. With the introduction of Chromebooks as a learning and resource tool, the course also offers electronic learning methods and cognitive memory tools.