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Special Interest Academy

The Thebarton Senior College Special Interest Academy enables students to complete SACE and/or VET qualifications at the same time as pursuing their own passions, interests and commitments, be they entrepreneurial, dancing, sporting, music or performing arts.

Students are supported to complete the SACE compulsory subjects and, depending on their other training and/or courses, select from a broad range of curriculum offerings. Extra SACE credits will be accredited through recognition of Community Learning demonstrated through their special interest involvement and VET qualifications.

Curriculum delivery is flexible and includes online components.

  • SACE Stage 1 students will study Mathematics, English, Science, Society and Culture and Personal Learning Plan (if required) and other subjects of interest.
  • SACE Stage 2 students will study Research Project and subjects related to their area of special interest.
The number of subjects students will undertake will depend upon their special interest commitments, VET credits, recognition of Community Learning and future aspirations.

For students under 16 years of age: students must be a minimum of 15 years of age as at 1 January in the year of enrolment, however it is Principal discretion on whether a senior secondary environment would best suit the student.

To download the Special Interest Academy brochure please Click Here.

Parent Testimonials
"My daughter is undertaking this programme at present and I can't recommend it highly enough. It has brought precious work life family balance to her busy schedule - an underrated life skill - without substituting quality or caring or pathways. So grateful for TSC, its dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate staff and flexible high quality programmes that empower students to pursue their passions to the full."

"It's so nice when the hours of hard work and commitment and learning of dance can actually count towards a young person's schooling instead of having to compete with it. In our experience the partnership with Thebarton Senior College has never compromised the academic side either - I would say my daughter has thrived even more academically than she would have been able to if 'juggling' school vs 'balancing' it with dance. Considering how much life skills, growth, purpose and wellbeing dance has brought to her formative years, I am so very grateful this option was available vs having to give dance up or scale it back. I think my daughter is a happier, more balanced and grounded person for the mix of education she's been fortunate enough to access. The adult learning environment is liberating and refreshing. The staff and teachers are amazing -dedicated, knowledgeable, up-to-date, enthusiastic, encouraging and experienced. As a parent of a committed dance student I would highly recommend this."

"So proud to have made this choice for my son."

Current partners of our Special Interest Academy Program include:

The Australian Company of Performing Arts (ACPA) - www.acpa.com.au

Turning Point Dance - www.tpdance.com.au

Course Enquiry
If you would like more information about our Special Interest Academy program, please complete the form below. One of our leadership team will get back to you.

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