Academics



 

Small Classes

Classes are limited to 20 per class.
Grade 10 – 12 classes are even smaller due to the various subject choices.
Small classes allow for individualized attention.
Curriculum followed: WCED CAPS 



 

Technology & Learning

All Academy Private School high school learners are required to have a tablet onto which their etextbooks must be loaded. Parents must ensure that their child’s tablet conforms the specifications and they are responsible for purchasing and loading the etextbooks from suppliers e.g. www.takealot.com

Our Primary and High School learners attend weekly computer skills classes in the school’s computer lab. Computer Applications Technology is a subject that is also offered to our high school learners.



 

STEAM Education Philosophy

STEAM’s foundations lie in inquiry, critical thinking, and process-based learning. That is extremely important. The entire idea surrounding STEAM lessons and the STEAM approach is that it’s based around questioning, and really deep questioning. We want to start asking non-Googleable questions.

Inquiry, curiosity, being able to find solutions to a problem, and being creative in the finding of the solutions is at the heart of this approach. This means that the humanities are woven into STEAM just like everything else.

The benefits of STEAM approach to learning to students and the entire school community are tremendous. Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.

We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting. School doesn’t have to be a place, but rather a frame of mind that uses the Arts as a lever to explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow…today!

Academy Private School


 

High School Subject Choice

Grade 10 – 12 (2018)

Compulsory Subjects:

English First Language

Afrikaans Second Language

Life Orientation

Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy

Choose 3 subjects from the 2 lists below. Either choose all the subjects in list 1 or list 2 or you may choose a mix of subjects from list 1 and 2 but it may not be subjects that are listed opposite one another:

Optional Subjects 1:
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
CAT
Optional Subjects 2:
Design
Business Studies
Tourism

Choice Example:
Design
Business Studies
CAT

Academic Focus of the School:

Academic Focus 1:Academic Focus 2:
Field of the SciencesField of Design &
Technology
English (HL)B/Degree Pass
Subject
English (HL)B/Degree Pass
Subject
Afrikaans (FAL)B/Degree Pass
Subject
English (HL)B/Degree Pass
Subject
MathematicsB/Degree Pass
Subject
Mathematics orB/Degree Pass
Subject
Life SciencesB/Degree Pass
Subject
Mathematics LiteracyB/Degree Pass
Subject
Physical SciencesB/Degree Pass
Subject
Design
CATBusiness StudiesB/Degree Pass
Subject
CAT

While Non-BA Degree Pass Subjects e.g. CAT do not count towards a BA Degree Pass, the points acquired in this subject may be used for tertiary entrance.

Notes

  1. A pupil must offer seven subjects.
  2. A pupil must offer two official languages.
  3. A pupil must offer all the compulsory subjects.
  4. Physical Sciences require Mathematics and so will not be an option for those who achieve less than 50% in Mathematics in Grade 9.
  5. A learner must have PASSED Mathematics the previous year to continue with Mathematics in Grades 11 & 12.
  6. The following are the promotion requirements for the National Senior Certificate (NSC):
  • One language at 40% at the Home Language level;
  • Two other subjects at the 40% level;
  • Three other subjects at the 30% level.

Bachelor’s Degree Study

Pass 6 of the 7 subjects offered.

To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility:

Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate need to pass a minimum of four subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better from a designated list of subjects.

The requirements for a Diploma Pass:

Pass 6 of the 7 subjects offered.

  • 40% or more for English
  • 40% for 4 subjects
  • 30% pass in Language of Learning and Teaching

A learner can register for a Diploma at any university or university of technology in South Africa.

The School’s Academic Focus 1: Field of the Sciences

Tertiary Education:

• Bachelor of Science degree (BSc)
• BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology
• Human Life Sciences
• Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
• Sport Science
• Geinformatics
• Chemistry
• Earth Sciences
• Physics
• Mathematical Sciences
• Archaeology
• Computer Science
• Statistical Sciences
• Food Science
• BSc Biological Sciences.
o Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB.ChB)
o Veterinary Science degree (BVSc)
• Mathematical Sciences
• Archaeology
• Computer Science
• Statistical Sciences
• Food Science
• BSc Biological Sciences.

The School’s Academic Focus 2: Field of Design & Technology

Design Tertiary Education:

  • Architecture
  • Fine Art – Drawing, Illustration
  • Design – Graphic, Industrial, Interior Design, Fashion, Set Design, Jewellery, Textile, etc
  • Film-making and Animation

Our school facilities:

  • Computer lab, Science lab and Design classroom.
  • Design software.
  • Digital projectors, visual and audio/sound equipment.

ACADEMY PRIVATE SCHOOL POLICY ON SUBJECT CHOICES AND SUBJECT CHANGES

SUBJECT CHOICE

All Gr. 9 learners will make their subject selection for Gr. 10 during August of the Gr. 9 year. The Life Orientation department will inform and liaise with learners regarding career options and the requirements.

Learners in Gr. 10 wanting to study Physical Sciences must take Mathematics as a subject through to Gr. 12.

SUBJECT CHANGES AS FROM 2018

The subject change policy has changed as promulgated in the Regulations Pertaining to the National Curriculum Statement Grades R-12 as amended in the Government Gazette, No. 39435 of 20 November 2015.

Subject changes in Grade 10

  • A learner may change a maximum of two subjects
  • The closing date for requests from parents to the school for subject changes is 30 June.

Subject changes in Grade 11

  • A learner may change a maximum of two subjects
  • The closing date for requests from parents to the school for subject changes is 31 March.
  • In exceptional cases, a learner may change one additional subject in Grade 11, after the release of the final end of year results in Grade 11.
  • The request for a subject change must be done before or on the last day of the school term, i.e. 9 December 2016.

Subject changes in Grade 12

  • NO subject changes will be allowed in the Grade 12 year as from 2017 onwards.
  • The administration of subject change for Grade 10-12
  • Early identification of learners in Grade 10 and 11 for subject changes is very important. Subject teachers must identify such learners and inform parents in writing.
  • The academic head/principal will consult with the parents, learner and subject teacher and consensus must be reached that it will be in the learner’s best interest to change.
  • After an agreement has been reached, the principal/academic head, parents and subject teacher must complete and sign a memorandum of agreement (Addendum A – to be collected from the academic head) indicating the subject change.
  • This subject change must be captured on Cemis and a copy of the documents must be kept for scrutiny.
  • A subject change for Grade 10 and 11 will be approved by the principal.
  • The District and Head Office officials will monitor these requests for subject changes.
  • The WCED will not accept late requests for subject changes in Gr. 12.
  • The National Senior Certificate is a three-year qualification and each subject must be offered in Grade 10, 11 and 12. Candidates may not apply at the beginning of Grade 12 to register for an extra subject.


 

School Subjects

Grade 8 and 9 (GET Phase)

Subjects:

English Home LanguageTechnology
Afrikaans First Additional LanguageEMS
MathematicsCreative Arts
Natural SciencesLife Orientation
Social Sciences (History & Geography)

Grades 10 to 12 (FET Phase)

Compulsory subjects:Choice subjects:
English Home LanguagePhysical Sciences
Afrikaans First Additional languageLife Sciences
Mathematics ORBusiness Studies
Mathematical LiteracyComputer Applications Technology (CAT)
Life OrientationDesign
Tourism

Students select their three electives from the subjects on offer. These subjects are grouped into bands based on teacher availability and student demands.

Once a student has made a selection from each band, he or she will have his or her subject choices.

PLEASE NOTE:

While Academy Private School endeavours to allow students to take every subject they would like to take, sometimes this is not possible owing to class size limits and staffing constraints.

Number Policy:

In order to make subjects feasible, certain capacity limits have to put into place. A minimum class size of 3 and a maximum size of 20 students is enforced.



 

SCHOOL HOURS

Primary School Hours

Pre-Primary8.00 – 13.00 classes; Enrichment Activities Programme (ball skills/sports, eco and outdoors (e.g. vegetable garden), drama, music, art, etc.
Grades 1 to 38.00 – 13.30 classes; 13.30 – 14.15 Enrichment Activities Programme (ball skills/sports, eco and outdoors (e.g. vegetable garden), drama, music, art, etc. Our Enrichment Activities are offered free and are included in the school fees.
Grades 4 to 7
8.00 – 14.30 classes; Enrichment Activities Programme (ball skills/sports, eco and outdoors (e.g. vegetable garden), drama, music, art, etc. Our Enrichment Activities are offered free and are included in the school fees.
Aftercare14.15 – 17.30

High School Hours

8.00 – 2.30

Certain cultural and sport activities are offered for FREE in the afternoons after school to our high school learners.

High School compulsory sport and cultural activities are on a Wednesday and Friday 13:30 to 14:30 during school hours.



 

UNIFORM

Academy Private School has a uniform and we teach our learners to take pride in their appearance as ambassadors of our school.

Please request the girl’s and boy’s school uniform information sheet from: academyadmin@mweb.co.za

Or, download the Uniform Information Sheet and Uniform Order Sheet below

Uniform Documents

  1. Uniform Information Sheet – High School & Primary School Gr 4-12 Girls
  2. Uniform Information Sheet – High School & Primary School Gr 4-12 Boys
  3. Uniform Information Sheet – Foundation Phase Gr 1-3 Girls
  4. Uniform Information Sheet – Foundation Phase Gr 1-3 Boys
  5. Uniform Order Sheet