Junior School Years 7 – 9
At Dandenong High School students learn in Houses. The House system is fundamental to the school as it encourages a sense of community, develops connectedness to the school and creates a feeling of belonging for all students.
In Years 7 – 9 our collaborative model is designed with 50 students and three teachers for the core subject areas, including English/EAL/Humanities, Maths/Science, Health/PE and LOTE.
Each Teaching Team plan collaboratively and divide each group of 50 students based upon the type of learning experience, the needs of each individual student, the learning space they have been allocated and the use of technology.
Students rotate through each teacher within one lesson or over several, thereby experiencing a range of activities, learning styles and experiences which ensure the learning is engaging, meaningful and targeted to meet individual student needs and maximise positive student learning outcomes.
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Our Vision – Excellence in Education
The vision for Dandenong High School is one in which all students are empowered to achieve success. As an outstanding educational setting, we exemplify excellence and high expectations in all aspects of our learning community.
Our highly innovative approach to teaching and learning includes our STEM program, incorporating a core subject in Year 7 and 8, a year-long elective in Year 9, Year 10 Robotics and IT, and a variety of pathway options in the senior years including Computing Science, IT, Systems Engineering and Software Development, providing extensive pathways opportunities into university and highly-sought after careers.
Dandenong High School has long prided itself on innovative teaching and learning which is evidenced by our utilisation of open and flexible learning spaces and collaborative teaching. This approach is especially suited to leading edge curriculum initiatives such as STEM.
STEM Learning is the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and often adopts an interdisciplinary Project/Challenge Based Learning Approach. At Dandenong High School we offer a range of STEM curriculum initiatives from integrated units embedded in the Junior years to highly specialised units in the Senior years.
Accelerated and Enhanced Learning Program
Dandenong High School offers an accredited Accelerated and Enhanced Learning Program (AELP). There is currently an AELP group at each Year Level from Years 7 to 9 with approximately 50 students in each.
A range of opportunities are given to students to gain entrance into the program. This includes being able to apply for the program in Grade 6 and at the end of Years 7 and 8. All candidates are asked to complete an application form and must go through an interview process; academic achievement is also considered, as well as the student’s commitment and attitude towards learning.
The AELP offers students the opportunity to work with like-minded students as well as the ability to enrich, extend and/or enhance their learning through Years 7 – 9. In Year 10, students begin a three year Senior Studies Program allowing them every opportunity to study a range of senior subjects, including Extended Investigation which offers a bridge between secondary school and tertiary education.