There are over 100 electives available to all students at MAC. All classes are vertical classrooms: they have students from different year levels. Whilst no subject is compulsory at the school, all students at the school have chosen an English and Maths subject. This is the result of extensive course counselling and individual learning plans that take place at the school for every student.
Our conversations with students is about their learning, what they would like to learn, the importance of literacy and numeracy and the importance of breadth e.g. have I chosen a science subject, does my plan include the arts, humanities? The individual learning plans are flexible, change from year to year and require a partnership with the student’s parent/guardian. We also work backwards from the senior curriculum to map out their learning to ensure that nothing is left out.
The English and Maths classes are at the appropriate level for each individual student rather than their chronological age. Entry into pre-VCE subjects is based on students’ results and recommendation. However, if a student insists on doing a subject, we do not prevent them from attempting it, as long as it does not interfere with the learning of others or a teacher’s capacity to teach the class.