St Clare’s has designed a program of study that allows students to meet mandatory NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements, while also providing them with the flexibility to follow their own passion for learning and to meet their future life and employment requirements.
The school prepares students for the award of the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) according to the regulations set out by NESA. The teaching program, as it currently stands, is divided into three stages of two years each.
In Years 7 and 8 (Stage 4) students will engage in studies in Religious Education and in each of the eight key learning areas (KLAs) – English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society & Its Environment, Technological and Applied Studies, Creative Arts, Language other than English and Personal Development, and Health & Physical Education.
In Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) students must study Religious Education and programs from each of the five KLAs – English, Mathematics, Science, Human Society & Its Environment and Personal Development, and Health & Physical Education. The school offers a wide range of additional subjects drawn from five KLAs, which students will elect to do in Stage 5, and which will be credentialled on the RoSA.
In Years 11 and 12 (Stage 6) students prepare for the HSC examination. Details of the courses available in Years 11 and 12 are contained in the Senior School Handbook issued to students during Year 10. Students at St Clare’s study Religion for the HSC as set out in courses designated and/or approved by NESA. VET courses are also offered to senior students and provide dual accreditation.