Beyond the four walls of the classroom
The MLC Senior School is a bustling learning community.
Students in each year group take a journey together, a journey marked by common intellectual experiences that bind and inspire them. Little wonder that Year 12 students are nostalgic at the end of their time at school. School feels like family they say. Their most memorable experiences are the times when learning moved from the classroom into the world.
Our Senior School program of learning experiences is unique. It gives students direct experience of the curriculum. It urges them to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real world settings.
The program reflects our deeply held belief that all students have special gifts, talents and needs. It enacts our commitment as educators to bring out these gifts in each and every one of our students; to help each student find her own voice. This is why these culminating experiences are provided to all students, not just to a select group.
Course and Subject Selection Process
We offer two pathways to matriculation at MLC School, the NSW Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students are guided and counselled in their choice of pathway. The increasing range of options available for the completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate has MLC School offer students Pathways, Acceleration and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as options to complete their high school qualification. Each year some MLC School students in Year 11 and Year 12 select the Pathways option of extending their HSC by more than two years to accommodate their demanding commitments in extra curricular activities or to provide, in special circumstances, flexible program delivery over a longer period of time.
Acceleration is available for those very capable students who sit an HSC course in conjunction with Preliminary courses in Year 11, or even in Year 10.
In order that students are able to make appropriate and varied choices in their career paths, the process of ensuring the prerequisites are met while still offering the breadth and choice in educational experiences, begins early on.
In Year 10, students undertake extensive Careers Assessment Testing, the results of which provide the basis for individual interviews of girls and parents. The tests enhance each student's self-knowledge by providing valuable information about learning and personality styles as well as about verbal, numerical, abstract, mechanical, spatial and reasoning aptitudes. Students also complete a week of work experience. The careers education program helps inform students' subject choices for Year 11 and Year 12.
Students are further assisted in their course and subject selection through specific information sessions for parents and students, online information and interviews with a teacher who acts as their academic support within their particular House.