All Year 10 students at Roxby Downs Area School are given opportunities to complete two SACE units: one unit of Integrated Studies and the other a compulsory unit of Personal Learning Plan.
The core curriculum offerings at Year 10 include:
Society & Environment (PLP SACE unit)
Health & Physical Education
Integrated Studies (SACE unit)
Students have the opportunity to select specific practical subjects according to areas of interest.
In 2013 these include:
Years 11 and 12 (SACE)
All Year 11 & 12 students select from a wide range of specialty subjects which accumulate enough credits for them to achieve their SACE Certificate by the end of Year 12.
SACE subjects offered in 2013 include:
English, Literacy for Work
Mathematics, Numeracy for Work, Math's Pathways
Broadcasting and Multimedia: Radio (VET)
Information Technology (VET)
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Research Project (compulsory SACE unit at Stage 2)
Skills for All (VET program and run by TAFE)
Open Access Subjects
In addition to school offered subjects we are able to access other subjects through Distance Education. This involves a telephone lesson (DUCT) a week with students focusing on areas of particular interest. Technology plays a huge part in the presentation of curriculum materials with Moodles and Centra used for lessons.
Students wishing for University entry at the end of Year 12 will find studying at RDAS to be quite competitive with the metropolitan area. This is because country students attract bonus points for being in a remote location. Subjects studied by Distance Education also attract extra points.
A Senior Room creates a pleasant learning environment for students where they have ample access to state of the art computers.
An active Student Voice is established across the school from all years of schooling. Senior students are expected to provide leadership for House competitions, assemblies and sporting opportunities. School Captains are selected annually from the Year 12 students and play a key role in representing the school. In 2012 the School Captains established a leadership group to equip future leaders with skills and a working knowledge of the role.
School Based Apprenticeships
There are considerable opportunities for Year 11 & 12 students to begin their careers by choosing to do a School Based Apprenticeship. Students join the workforce while at the same time completing their SACE. The program involves one day per week in the workforce as well as study modules to gain TAFE accreditation.
Roxby Downs Area School offers opportunities for students to participate and support a range of sports at school, the district and at regional levels. ie WASSAC.
Students also participate and support the RDAS Sports Day and Swimming Carnival. These days combine competition with fun and are enjoyed by all. House Captains are elected from eligible year 11 and 12 students.