GIVE YOUR CHILD THE ACADEMIC ADVANTAGE TO COMPETE IN TODAY’S WORLD
Subjects offered at K12 Academy
K12 offers the following subjects based on the NSW BOSTES curriculum:
Enjoy LearningOur early years of learning are a time of curiosity, a time where good role models are crucial to our development, and a time where we repeatedly say "When I grow up...". This bravery to imagine big things and believe that we can make them come true, is something that should never be diminished. At this age, we aim to develop your child's interests in the world around them and instil them with a quiet confidence that they can all achieve great things. Within this supportive environment, we help them to learn reading, writing and numeracy skills, with creative content derived from the NSW syllabus. It is crucial that children of this age do not come to believe that they are just not good enough to succeed. Multitudes of studies have shown that this belief then acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy and leads to a cycle of "Why can't I do anything?". Children need to believe that they are capable of greatness so that when they are faced with challenges, they employ a growth-mindset about the situation, rather than a fixed, I-give-up-mindset.
Group activitiesYour child has the option of learning in a small group with us. These classes offer the added benefit of extended your child's social skills as they learn to co-operate with other children and learn collaboratively. These classes are level-based, so that your child can experience the rewarding feeling of levelling up each term. Each new subject that we cover is tested, so that you can have tangible proof of the difference that is being made in their education.
Personal AssistanceThese initial years of schooling serve as a crucial foundation to later topics. For example, attempting to learn how to write a poem if your child is struggling with the alphabet becomes much more of a mountain in your child's education. If you wish for your child to receive lessons which are more tailored to their individual needs, we also offer one-to-one classes. It is not uncommon for children to require personal attention at various stages of their learning curves, when they get stuck on certain topics or lose confidence. Every child has their own learning pace, every child has different strengths and weaknesses. One-to-one classes make for fantastic equalisers, or even extensions of knowledge so as to exceed expectations and, consequentially, to build confidence. Our teaching staff will make sure we identify any learning gaps and address these before they become barriers to future learning.
SpotlightAt this stage, your child’s ability to learn has grown but due to the 30 different levels of education present in the school classroom, it becomes impossible for their teachers to cater to each child's needs. K12 provides the spotlight needed in order to identify individual interests and problem areas. We develop a trusting relationship with children to enhance their sense of wonder and to provide support for any particular learning needs.
Group ClassesSome kids do not feel comfortable in group activities, and yet teamwork is an essential skill. The abilities to lead, to follow, to organise, to resolve conflict - these are all crucial in general living and are not skills that can be simply be brushed under the carpet. The maximum amount of children in these classrooms at K12 is 5. This means that even though your child is in a group class, they will receive six times more attention than they ever could at school. All subjects are thoroughly taught to students and then tested, allowing kids to benchmark their educational growth and consolidate any problem areas through feedback.
Personal AssistanceIndividual classes give your child the opportunity to ask the questions that they need to, without any pressure to look smart in front of peers. This type of class is also ideal for children that have difficulty focusing on work or that often lose concentration.
Opportunity Class PreparationOpportunity Class (OC) is an opportunity available to exceptional students who pass the test (which is held halfway through year 4). Passing the test allows children to study amongst children of their own levels in year 5 and 6, allowing them to avoid distractions and learn among other children with a passion for learning. It is the perfect place for children to extend themselves, rather than being limited by their cohort. It is also much more likely for children from these classes to achieve success in the Selective School test in year 6 if they are nourished by these classes in earlier years. At K12, our tutors have expertise regarding the types of questions that are in the OC test and are able to offer guidance and preparation tests to children who wish to succeed in it.
Selective School ExaminationAt this age your child has the opportunity to partake in a Selective School Examination. If successful, they will earn a place at an academically selective school, wherein the students have a focus on maximising their learning. The levels of bullying, violence, distractions and other violations of conduct are significantly lower in these schools; so your child can learn in a safe, supportive environment. In order to prepare children for this test, K12 offers tutoring sessions specific to the exam format. This is essential to your child's chances, as some of the tested areas are not a part of the syllabus (e.g. complex codes, intensive problem solving exercises, etc.). One-to-one and Group classes are both available to children wishing to study for this test.
One on one classesAt this stage most kids are able to communicate their needs but because the required level of skill has increased, a child may need personal attention to find out their learning gaps. With one to one tutoring it is easier to identify and tackle the issues. Periodic assessments will be part of the teaching methodology to gauge the students level of understanding of a concept or topic.
Group activitiesThese classes help children to discover their potential and are also cost-effective for parents. Such classes are also very useful because they prepare your child for collaborative learning. We arrange assessments and group activities to extend understanding and help children grow into confident and knowledgeable individuals.
Homework AssistanceIf children are struggling to complete their homework, our teachers are there for you. We can offer occasional assistance or regular classes (whichever is best for you). Our approach is not to spoon-feed and provide answers but to help empower children to finish their own work with minimum assistance, thus becoming able to complete future homework themselves. Come and visit us or call to discuss how we can help your child.
One on one classesEvery child is a different individual, with their own needs, difficulties and talents. We like to talk to the parents and assess their children before creating a personalised lesson plan to ensure the best results.
Collaborative environmentThe group classes for these age levels closely follow the syllabus that your child will be learning at school. During the first terms of year 7 and year 9 we place special priority on preparing your child for NAPLAN. This is especially crucial now, due to the new requirements that children achieve at least a band 8 in reading, writing and numeracy if they wish to be eligible for the HSC. Seeing as the HSC is an essential requirement of most jobs, it is important to your child's security in their upcoming adulthood that put their best foot forward in these tests. The rest of the year is dedicated to covering syllabus points, but if you wish to have a greater NAPLAN focus, K12 offers individual classes for your child.
WorkshopsKeep an eye out for K12's holiday workshops (or contact us to ask about them). In the past, these have included: study skills, writing skills, robotics, engineering, coding skills, Italian beginners and more. These are targeted at skills that will help students in their current schooling and in their future lives.
Maths classesMathematics is challenging for most students and some may want to aim for their best results. We cover all the subjects defined in the NSW HSC syllabus. Students may choose particular topics from whichever subjects they are studying e.g. Algebra or Calculus or they may enrol in classes for the full subject i.e. General Mathematics, Mathematics, Extension 1 and Extension 2. Practice and collaborative study is essential at this stage.
English ClassesEnglish is challenging to many students and for those doing Extension English 1 and 2 it is helpful to have a tutor to guide your child through the assessment requirements. We follow the NSW HSC syllabus.Those who are doing English as a Second Language or Fundamental of English will also receive support in listening and speaking.
Science & Technology ClassesWe offer Physics, Chemistry and Information Processes and Technology as well as Software Design and Development classes. We also offer assistance with project assignments at the centre. Our technology lessons are enhanced by tutors with industry experiences.
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