The Cathedral School Middle School curriculum is a mix of strong academic foundations, an appropriate level of challenge for each individual and some student choice. It develops a range of traditional and modern skills that prepare students for the academic rigours of the future and for participation in our increasingly complex, information driven, society.
Year 7 is a transition year, which keeps some of the security of a primary school structure but with a wider range of study options. The curriculum covers all the key learning areas, with a choice of language (French or Japanese) being the only elective element in the program. Each class has a couple of key teachers who teach across two or three subject areas, thus providing consistency and stability, and the benefit of integration across curriculum areas.
Year 8 provides students with the opportunity to try a variety of subjects so they can learn new skills and discover their personal strengths. The core subjects are studied throughout the year, and each class rotates through the various ‘elective’ subjects term by term – this allows them to see which subjects suit them when it comes time to choose electives in future years.
In Year 9, students begin to move towards a more senior school oriented model with choices of electives in areas of personal interest. The tutor group model of a home class group that stays together for core subjects is maintained, and one of the class’s key teachers will be their tutor. However, the class group splits for elective subjects, so students are eased into the senior school model of curriculum delivery with specialist teachers in all areas.
The Curriculum grid illustrates the subject range and progression through the Middle and Senior School years at Cathedral. Students are prepared for the demands of senior schooling through the seamless transitions across year levels.