St Dominic’s College offers a holistic curriculum which ensures that there is opportunity for students to develop their academic, spiritual, cultural and physical potential.
In order to develop each girl’s potential we teach a school-wide Thinking Skills programme at all year levels.
For a full list of subjects available to students, click here.
Junior College Curriculum
The Junior College curriculum, for Years 7-10 (ages 11-14 years) is broad, giving the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects.
The core subjects of the curriculum are English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Physical Education, Music, Health, and Religious Education – with additional preliminary study in languages other than English, such as French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Te Reo Maori, as well as Dance, Drama and Art.
In addition, students have the option of taking part in a specialist Music programme from Year 8 to 10.
The College also offers learning support for students who require extra help, particularly in literacy and numeracy, whilst Extension classes challenge and extend our high achieving students and students may also be invited to begin NCEA Level 1 in Year 10.
Senior College Curriculum
St Dominic's offers a wide range of subjects within its senior curriculum covering NCEA Levels 1, 2, 3 and Scholarship Level 4. Students choose their subjects in consultation with their form teacher, academic coach and their dean to ensure that they are following appropriate qualification pathways.
The Senior College curriculum option choices for Year 11 to 13 are broad. Students are encouraged to take a balanced course at Year 11 and then to further refine their interests and strengths as they move up through the College.
The Senior Options booklet has detailed course outlines for all the subjects available to senior students, click here to read.
Academic Coaching (AC) – AME High Programme
The AME (Achievement, Merit & Excellence) High initiative provides students with a clear path to achieve their academic successes. Annual goal-setting and regular review of achievement, combined with coaching from academic coaches and teachers, enables students to take ownership of their learning. This habit empowers students in continued improvement and lifelong learning beyond secondary school.
Parents, teachers and selected buddies can view and comment on a student’s AME High academic goals in her e-Portfolio on the Ultranet.
Your daughter’s academic coach will be either her form teacher, her dean, or one of the additional coaches as specified in the Academic Coaches List. If you are unsure of who your daughter’s academic coach is, please contact the College Office.