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How We Learn

Scots College provides a range of learning programmes that prioritise holistic development, future readiness, individualised support, and academic excellence. By offering diverse pathways and fostering a nurturing learning environment, the College aims to empower students to become confident, adaptable, and well-prepared individuals in their pursuit of lifelong learning and success.

Future-Focussed Learning is a key aspect of the curriculum, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-evolving world. Through innovative learning approaches and digital fluency, students develop transferable skills and engage in hands-on activities that enhance their problem-solving abilities.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is offered across all three schools, providing students with a globally recognised qualification. The IB curriculum promotes international-mindedness, academic rigor, and holistic development. Students are challenged to think critically, inquire, and develop a deep understanding of various subjects. The programme fosters independent learning, research skills, and a broader perspective on cultural diversity and global issues.

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is another pathway available to students at the Senior School level. NCEA is the national qualification system in New Zealand and offers a range of subjects across different levels of achievement. It provides flexibility and caters to diverse learning needs, allowing students to choose courses aligned with their interests and strengths. Scots College has consistently achieved high NCEA pass rates, reflecting our commitment to academic excellence.

Able & Ambitious (also known as Gifted and Talented, or GATE) is available at the Junior and Middle School level. Recognising the unique abilities and potential of gifted students, GATE provides enrichment opportunities, specialised support, and tailored learning experiences. It nurtures and challenges students to reach their full potential academically, creatively, and intellectually.

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is an important component of the learning experience at the College. EOTC activities offer students opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world contexts, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and foster a deeper connection with the natural environment. These activities include field trips, outdoor education, cultural experiences, and community engagement, enhancing students' personal and social development.

Āwhina Learning Support is available to students who require additional assistance to achieve their learning goals. The College provides a supportive environment and personalised learning strategies to meet the specific needs of students with diverse learning abilities. Qualified educators and support staff work closely with students and their families to ensure that every student can access the curriculum and thrive academically.

The Future Pathways programme focusses on guiding students toward their career aspirations and future goals. It offers career forums, mentoring, work experience opportunities, and access to online career tools. Through this programme, students receive guidance and support to make informed decisions about their educational pathways, explore different career options, and develop the necessary skills and qualifications for their chosen fields.