School Choice - Ten Key Issues:

5 - Curriculum

How is the school addressing a fundamental challenge: the right of all students to curriculum breadth, depth and balance, and to high standards in all learning areas, not just some of them?

Or - given the external pressures on schools and limited resources - is there an overly narrow focus on literacy and numeracy that can create a divided curriculum between the so-called 'basics' and key learning areas such as science, the arts and languages?

Does the curriculum provide sufficient time for student talk (oracy)?

Does the curriculum value all aspects of education - academic, vocational, physical and social?

For a secondary school, what is the curriculum range?  It may be:

* Very broad - 49 or more Year 12 studies
* Broad - 41 to 49 studies
* Average - 24 to 41 studies
* Selective - up to 24 studies.

What co-curricular activities are available?  These may include:

* Excursions, trips and camps
* Voluntary community work and work experience
* Student action teams
* Sister schools overseas/interstate.

Does the school provide clear guidelines about the curriculum and the expectations for students at each year level?

Does the curriculum provide plentiful opportunities for students to seamlessly combine academic concepts, theories and principles with applied learning and real world community problem solving?

Is the school moving beyond the old academic-applied learning divide that can constrain achievement for many students?