Independent Schools


The Australian Curriculum was developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to cater for students in Transition to Year 12.

Find out more on the Australian Curriculum on the ACARA WEBSITE.

Independent Schools in the Northern Territory use the Australian Curriculum, or an alternative curriculum that has been recognised by ACARA, to develop and plan teaching and learning programs.

Find out more on Recognised Alternative Curriculum on the ACARA WEBSITE.

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) are used at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Darwin.

Find out more about the International Baccalaureate Programs on the IBO WEBSITE.

Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework

The Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework is used at Milkwood Steiner School in Darwin and The Alice Springs Steiner School in Alice Springs.

Find out more about the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework on the STEINER EDUCATION AUSTRALIA WEBSITE.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Haileybury Rendall School delivers the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in its Senior School.

Haileybury offers four levels of VCE studies: Year 10 (Pre-VCE), VCE Units 1 and 2, VCE Units 3 and 4 and Enhancement Studies, which are approved first-year university subjects. Students select a program according to their individual needs, talents and interests. The  staff provide guidance to ensure that their studies match their academic readiness.

Find out more about the Victorian Certificate of Education on the VICTORIA STATE GOVERNMENT - EDUCATION AND TRAINING WEBSITE.

Other Curriculum Frameworks

Some Independent Schools in the Northern Territory use other curriculum frameworks to supplement the Australian Curriculum.

Positive Education & Flourishing Learning

Positive Education was introduced to St Philip's College by the Geelong Grammar School's Institute for Positive Education.  Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle. 

Find out more about Positive Education on the INSTITUTE FOR POSITIVE EDUCATION WEBSITE.

Good Shepherd Lutheran College uses the term Flourishing Learning to describe learning that is not only designed to develop knowledge and skills but simultaneously nurture mentally healthy and motivated learners. Such an approach recognises the interaction of the emotional, cognitive, physical and social elements of the individual in the process of learning, intentionally plans for these, and measures the progress. This is an integral part of a College culture and environment that nurtures mentally healthy and happy individuals, teams and community. Good Shepherd’s leadership state that the foundation for the best learning experiences for students is a creatively energetic, connected and mentally healthy staff.