At William Carey, we recognise each child as an individual who can progress in a productive learning environment. To that end, we seek to serve our students and their families by making adjustments with the aim to appropriately support and challenge our students in order to maximise personal success. This is achieved through differentiation by classroom teachers.
In some situations, students may require further assistance in their educational and personal pursuits. WCCS is home to extensive Educational Support programs in Primary and High School for students who will benefit from educational adjustments in developing their academic, social and everyday life skills. Advanced Learning Programs are provided for students who thrive on being challenged to excel in their studies and extracurricular endeavours.
Our Learning Support program helps students to gain access to the curriculum, enjoy involvement in a wide range of learning experiences and develop independence. Individual learning plans are developed in partnership with parents, to identify student strengths as well as areas requiring support and adjustment. In Primary School and High School, students may be supported by a Learning Support Assistant in classes and targeted intervention programs are available.
The school also delivers a range of Life Skills subjects for High School students who benefit from these specifically designed courses. Years 11 and 12 Life Skills courses can be used to meet the requirements for a Record of School Achievement and Higher School Certificate. Students who have completed Life Skills courses have achieved well in post-school settings, such as completing TAFE courses and gaining employment in a range of workplaces.
The Advanced Learning Centre (ALC) caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have shown evidence as high academic achievers. These students work at an advanced pace and level in a variety of subject areas. In High School, our advanced learners are placed in the “A” class for each grade and are also given the opportunity to undertake Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs) in addition to other enrichment activities. These projects provide a very flexible approach to learning, allowing students to choose or design their own field of study and work one-on-one with a mentor to develop their skills in this area. Past ALPs projects have included: CREST science investigations, writing a fiction novel, producing a graphic novel, learning a language, computer coding and completing a Moore Theological Distance Education course. Students from all High School classes are welcome to apply to participate in the ALPs program.