Academics

Excellent Pre-Primary, Primary and High School education is provided for profoundly deaf and hearing impaired children. Since its inception in 1959, the School has earned a reputation for achieving high academic standards.

Instruction aims at signed bilingualism, giving equal importance to South African Sign Language and written English.

Mainstream curriculum is followed from Grade R to Grade 12 (Matric), with a strong Pre-School programme aimed at communication and conceptual development.

 

Subjects offered are:

FOUNDATION PHASE: Pre-School and Grade R – Grade 3
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Life Skills
INTERMEDIATE PHASE: Grade 4 – 6
  • English First Additional Language (FAL)
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science & Technology
  • Social Science
  • Life Skills
  • South African Sign Language (SASL)
HIGH SCHOOL:

Grade 7 – 9

  • English First Additional Language (FAL)
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Technology
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Economic Management Science
  • Art & Culture
  • South African Sign Language (SASL)
  • Computer Literacy

Grade 10 – 12

  • English First Additional Language (FAL)
  • Mathematics / Mathematics Literacy
  • Life Orientation
  • Consumer Studies
  • Engineering Graphics & Design
  • Design/CAT
  • Visual Art

Dedicated staff in the Primary School work hard to establish a strong language knowledge base. The High School staff build on this to maximise the potential of each scholar.

Class sizes are kept small (maximum 10 scholars to 1 teacher ratio) as it is necessary for the teacher to engage each child visually.

Hands-on work experience in the outside commercial world is arranged in higher grades.

A Skills Programme is offered to groups of students who are better suited to these vocations. Accredited courses are offered in several fields.

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