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Middle School Curriculum
Class 7 and 8
THE AWAKENING OF THE INTELLECT
In the middle school years, we foster independent thinking, creative problem solving, and a sense of confidence which equips students for future challenges. Our middle school curriculum stresses practical knowledge and creativity. Our graduates integrate thinking; assimilate information as opposed to memorising isolated facts; are flexible, creative, and willing to take intellectual risks.
The middle school Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities & Social Science, The Arts, Technologies, Languages, Outdoor Education, Health & Physical Education. The curriculum unfolds a rich panorama of the world and life through the sciences, arts, humanities, and practical subjects.
Our school aims to develop well rounded human beings with a rich and nuanced understanding of human cultural experiences and forms of knowledge, as well as a strong capacity for critical thought. This includes offering significant depth and breadth to the curriculum programme that will challenge students in their areas of strength and encourage them to extend themselves into areas that may also present difficulties for them. This is done through a rich program that nurtures their interests and draws them into the world around them, as well as encouraging the capacity for self-reflection.
Extending to Class 9 in 2025
We are delighted to announce the development of the new Middle School buildings. The Middle School will have its own purpose built classrooms and facilities, developed by The Alice Springs Steiner Association on our existing campus. The precinct will include classrooms, an outdoor handwork classroom and ablution block. The Middle School will continue the vision of our school's masterplan that our founding families created. By extending to Class 9, our school will be able to offer single stream year levels with specialist teachers across Science, Languages, Physical Education, Mathematics and Indigenous Studies.
Children in Central Australia will now have access to high quality middle school Steiner education in excellent facilities. This development will enhance our holistic learning environment that fosters the human spirit, social consciousness and citizenship in children and young adults.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
Students in Years 7 are required to complete the NAPLAN tests. The Class Teacher oversees the administration of NAPLAN. It is the responsibility of the school Principal to ensure the National Protocols are adhered to.
Reporting to Parents
The Alice Springs Steiner School has several ways to report back to parents. In Years 7-8, students are given grades based on current levels of achievement twice a year. The grade is based on the student’s achievement against the Australian Steiner School Curriculum Standards rather than other students in the class. Parent/teacher/student meetings are also held across the school twice a year.
Technology and media
At our school technology is gradually introduced during the middle school years in a meaningful curriculum so students are fully prepared for life at university and work after school.