Academics


Academics – the number one priority

The academic ethos at the College is as competitive as the one enjoyed in sport and cultural arenas.

The College has an outstanding record of academic achievement in the IEB Matriculation Examinations. There has been a 100% pass rate for over a decade, with over 80% of boys receiving an A, B or C aggregate and a quarter receiving A aggregates. Our small class sizes, highly qualified staff and the emphasis on the use of state-of-the-art technology in the classrooms and laboratories is reflected in our boys’ excellent results.

The school embraces the benefits of technology in enhancing learning, with the campus being covered by a wireless LAN, allowing boys access to the highly developed Kearsney intranet and the internet and extensive use being made of SMART Boards and other ICT resources.

In the wake of the rise of China as an economic powerhouse, Mandarin was introduced to the curriculum in 2006, further demonstrating our commitment to preparing our boys for success in life.

Kearsney has an excellent Inclusion Programme, designed to afford those with barriers to learning the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the excellent academic programme of the school.

Kearsney boys write the Independent Examination Board school-leaving certificate. The IEB’s credentials and integrity are acknowledged worldwide, granting boys opportunities to study at overseas universities. Furthermore, the critical thinking skills cultivated in preparing boys for the IEB examinations are those that are required to succeed at University and professionally in the 21st Century.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 Subject Choices:

  • English;
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu or Geography (for boys who have immigrant status);
    Geography is offered in place of a second language to boys who have immigrant status.
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy;
  • Life Orientation;

and a choice of three other subjects from:

Accounting, Business Studies, Dramatic Art; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; History; Information Technology; Life Sciences (Biology); Music; Science; Mandarin and Visual Arts.

There is a vast choice of subject packages available.

The stronger mathematicians will take Advanced Programme Mathematics in Grade 10, 11 and Grade 12.

Subject Packages for Grade 10 – 2017

All packages already include:

  1. English 2. Afrikaans or isiZulu 3. Maths or Maths Literacy 4. Life Orientation
    (Geography is offered in place of a second language to boys who have immigrant status).
Key:
ACC Accounting ART Visual Arts DRA Dramatic Arts
BIO Life Sciences B S Business Studies GEO Geography
IT Information Technology MUS Music PSC Physical Sciences
EGD Engineering Graphics and Design HIS History

The 121 subject combinations are listed below:

ACC ART BIO ACC PSC EGD BS BIO IT BIO BS HIS DRA IT PSC
ACC ART IT ART BIO IT BS BIO DRA BIO IT HIS DRA EGD HIS
ACC ART GEO ART BIO DRA BS BIO GEO BIO IT PSC DRA EGD PSC
ACC ART MUS ART BIO GEO BS BIO MUS BIO DRA GEO DRA GEO EGD
ACC ART PSC ART BIO HIS BS BIO PSC BIO DRA HIS DRA GEO HIS
ACC BIO IT ART BIO MUS BS BIO EGD BIO DRA PSC DRA GEO MUS
ACC BIO DRA ART BIO PSC BS IT DRA BIO GEO IT DRA GEO PSC
ACC BIO GEO ART BIO EGD BS IT HIS BIO GEO HIS DRA HIS MUS
ACC BIO HIS ART IT DRA BS IT PSC BIO GEO MUS DRA HIS PSC
ACC BIO MUS ART IT HIS BS IT EGD BIO GEO PSC DRA PSC MUS
ACC BIO PSC ART IT PSC BS DRA EGD BIO GEO EGD GEO HIS MUS
ACC BIO EGD ART IT EGD BS DRA GEO BIO HIS MUS GEO HIS PSC
ACC IT GEO ART DRA EGD BS DRA MUS BIO HIS PSC GEO HIS EGD
ACC IT HIS ART DRA GEO BS DRA PSC BIO HIS EGD GEO MUS PSC
ACC IT PSC ART DRA MUS BS GEO HIS BIO MUS PSC GEO MUS EGD
ACC IT EGD ART DRA PSC BS GEO PSC BIO PSC EGD GEO PSC EGD
ACC IT DRA ART EGD HIS BS GEO EGD IT DRA GEO HIS MUS PSC
ACC DRA EGD ART GEO HIS BS HIS MUS IT DRA HIS HIS MUS EGD
ACC DRA GEO ART GEO PSC BS HIS PSC IT GEO HIS HIS PSC MUS
ACC DRA MUS ART GEO EGD BS MUS PSC IT GEO PSC HIS PSC EGD
ACC DRA PSC ART HIS MUS BS MUS EGD IT GEO EGD MUS PSC EGD
ACC GEO HIS ART HIS PSC BS PSC EGD IT HIS PSC      
ACC GEO MUS ART MUS PSC       IT HIS EGD      
ACC GEO PSC ART MUS EGD       IT PSC EGD      
ACC GEO EGD ART PSC EGD            
ACC HIS MUS            
ACC HIS PSC            
ACC MUS PSC            
ACC MUS EGD            

Article in The Mercury, 20 February 2015

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