Darling Range Sports College is a highly successful comprehensive Independent Public School with a student population of around 995 and over 100 teaching and support staff. Darling Range Sports College first opened in 1975 as Forrestfield Senior High School and later transitioned to a sports college in 2008.
As an Independent Public School we provide specialist sporting programs in AFL, athletics, baseball, basketball, netball, soccer and swimming. Our teams train and play in our state of the art facilities where athletes also have access to the strength and conditioning centre. These specialist sporting programs allow our students to work with elite coaches and some programs provide students with the opportunity to travel interstate and internationally to compete in sporting competitions. The college also hosts national and international sporting teams.
Complementing our sports programs are many opportunities to participate in programs that promote and develop students 21st century skills.
The Academic Challenge and Enrichment program (ACES) caters for our academically talented students in Year 7-10. The program is staffed by outstanding teachers who undertake continual professional development and training in working with academically talented student. Student progress is monitored and where appropriate, students are supported by staff with direct responsibility for the ACES program. Participation in competitions is highly encouraged which sees students competing in interstate University competitions, Big Science competitions, First Lego League and the solar car challenge to name a few. Academically talented Year 4, 5 and 6 students from our feeder Primary Schools have access to a weekly PACES program delivered at our College.
Our Arts program offers students numerous opportunities across the visual and performing arts contexts. Subjects include visual art, photography, dance, drama and music. These subjects provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of activities such as exhibitions, college based performances and our annual production.
A comprehensive senior school education provides students with opportunities for success in both tertiary based and vocational education pathways. The college offers an extensive course counselling program in Year 10 to ensure our students are placed in the pathway that aligns with their core values and natural skill set. Taking the time at this point ensures greater success for our students on the completion of their senior schooling. The college also offers exceptional Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses across a range of fields including hospitality, automotive and retail. Traineeships, TAFE and work placement are features of this program.
Our enthusiastic and passionate teachers utilise best possible classroom practice to create both safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments thus promoting a culture of high performance. We have a strong Student Services team that competently and effectively manage the needs of our students. Our behaviour management plan aims at ensuring an appropriate learning environment for our students at all times. As we are a Positive Behaviour School, our focus is on rewarding and encouraging positive behaviours and attitudes as well as providing fair and consistent consequences for undesirable behaviour.
Our primary focus has and always will be the enthusiasm, engagement and learning needs of our students. At Darling Range Sports College, we pride ourselves on treating each child as an individual and continually strive to meet their academic, cultural, sporting, citizenship and pastoral needs as we prepare them to step up to the challenges of the future.
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