Our academic programme is challenging and varied, living up to our motto, Skilled for Life. The girls write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate, which afford excellent opportunities for them to study at tertiary level, whether locally or abroad. In the Senior School, we offer each girl access and exposure to the very latest multimedia technology, embracing the technological advancements which will be an indisputable part of adulthood for them. We have implemented the use of iPads in the grade 8 and 9 years and have taken on a blended approach to teaching without losing the exceptional high level of academic success that St Andrew’s enjoys. The use of technology and multimedia, as well as the small class sizes, provides the optimal environment for full engagement in the classroom. Extra lessons and academic support is available for those girls who require the one-on-one additional help in their academic journey.

The following subjects are offered in the various grades:

Grade 8

English; Afrikaans/isiZulu; French; Mathematics; Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences/Life Science); Social Sciences (Geography/History); Economic Management Sciences (EMS); Arts and Culture (Art/Drama/Music); Life Orientation (Guidance/Physical Education); Computer and Media Skills.

Grade 9

English; Afrikaans/isiZulu; French; Mathematics; Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences/Life Science); Social Sciences (Geography/History); Economic Management Sciences (EMS); Arts and Culture (Art/Drama/Music); Life Orientation (Guidance/Physical Education); Computer and Media Skills.

Grade 10 – 12

All girls do 7 subjects:

4 compulsory subjects:

  • 2 languages – English; Afrikaans or isiZulu
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation

3 choice subjects:

This changes each year depending on the demand for the subject.

Girls choose one subject from each line as follows:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • French
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Geography
  • History
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Accounting
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT)

The certified International Computer Driver’s Licence (ICDL) is on offer to all girls outside of the academic timetable. Communication of when this occurs is through the CAT teacher. Olympiads are written in many of our subjects on an annual basis.