The senior years are a time of great opportunity and achievement at Korowa. The Senior School aims to prepare students for success in the VCE and beyond. Cultural exchanges, leadership positions and teamwork opportunities are abundant and senior students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities. We believe that when the internationally recognised VCE is combined with our unique personal development program, students are well-equipped for life beyond the classroom.
Our Senior School curriculum has everything you would expect in a quality secondary school — languages, sciences, mathematics, performing and visual arts, business studies, history, geography, physical education, food technology — including, of course, a full range of VCE subjects. But Korowa takes it a step further.
Our Year 11 and 12 program of study is the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Most VCE subjects are available to students. We also offer first year university studies as well as access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) to meet student needs.
Korowa's Year 9 and 10 curriculum provides a strong foundation and thorough preparation for the VCE through a challenging, enjoyable and stimulating program. Year 9 students also get to step outside the classroom for the last 5 weeks of the School year and participate in one of two Korowa only programs: Korowa Trek or Urban Connect.
All senior students participate in a personal development subject. Here elements of our Student Welfare program are addressed in an age appropriate manner.
Our sequential careers education program commences in Year 9 with a focus on establishing and, where necessary, broadening interests and options. Year 10 students undertake work experience and Year 11 and 12 students have detailed, personal careers counseling sessions throughout the year.
Korowa achieves remarkable and consistent excellence in our students' academic performance, always in the top 3% of Victorian schools for VCE results. We do not emphasise any area of study over another, believing that flexibility in individual programming and access are the keys in helping girls to realise their potential and achieve success.
The destinations of Korowa graduates are as varied and interesting as the girls themselves. They choose their own path and write their own success story.
We believe Korowa’s outstanding VCE results can be attributed to a range of factors including:
- encouraging each girl to be an individual, valuing what she brings to the School and supporting her development on an individual basis
- a sequential curriculum which builds from the Junior School into the Middle School and then the Senior School which, in additional to promoting high levels of knowledge acquisition, aims to develop girls into active and interested thinkers delivered by outstanding teachers who truly care about each student
- clear and consistent expectations about learning and work requirements across the School
- encouraging all students to pursue activities outside the classroom so they have downtime from their academic studies and broaden their life experience
Our results are all the more impressive when you consider that Korowa is a non-selective school. That is, we do not have required academic standards for entry, nor do we ask girls to leave who are not performing at a high level.
There is an expectation that students will undertake a regular homework program during the year. However, Korowa also strongly encourages all girls to pursue a range of interests and co-curricular activities.
Our modern and light-filled VCE Centre is the home for VCE students. Housing their lockers, private study areas and a fully equipped kitchen and lounge area, girls become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Careful observation and support by teachers promote independent study habits and strong time management skills, thereby preparing Korowa students for university life.