The High School phase was launched in 2007. Classes average about 12. Personal attention is a luxury we can afford!
The High School Phase comprises two stages:
- the General Education and Training (GET) stage, which consists of Grades 8 and 9, with a school exit opportunity at the end of Grade 9; and
- the Further Education and Training (FET) stage, consisting of Grades 10 to 12, with the Independent Examination Board (IEB)’s National School Certificate (NSC) or Matric examination as the culmination of the schooling experience.
GRADE 8 — 9:
High School life is vastly different from Primary School in the sense of discipline, work load and tempo. We do our best in assisting the Grade 8s’ transition by running an induction programme with them for the first two weeks. Their academic proficiency and standard is monitored closely and problems are identified. The existing student body bond with the new learners during break times and the group is exposed to high school life systematically.
The group goes on a team building excursion in the beginning of the school year, and graduates as full-fledged members of Waterberg Academy at the first Senior Social within the first month.
- English Home Language
- Afrikaans First Additional Language
- Life Orientation(Citizenship, Personal Well-being, career choices, group dynamics, etc.)
- Natural Sciences (a combination of Biology and Pure Science)
- Arts and Culture (incorporating dance, music, fine arts and drama)
- Human and Social Sciences (combining Geography and History subject content)
- Economic and Management Sciences (a combination of business economics, economics and accounting, with emphasis on entrepreneurship)
- Technology (a combination of manual skills, varying from handyman projects to cooking)
Grade 9 is the year of subject choices. We guide our learners into choosing subjects for Grades 10 to 12 that will keep as many career and further training doors open to them as possible. We write aptitude tests to determine natural skills and knowledge. FET subjects are an extension of certain learning area contents in grades 8 and 9. All subject choices are made after informed discussion with the learner and the parents.
GRADE 10 — 12:
During the Grade 9 year, pupils spend time exploring individual interests and research careers. A psychological aptitude assessment is carried out to help the pupils in the choice of subjects for the National Senior Certificate. This is based on their strengths, aptitude and interests, with a focus on the requirements at tertiary level.
As an IEB registered exam provider, the school offers a wide selection of choice for subjects to matric level.
Currently the school offers the following choice subjects in a variety of combinations up to matric.
Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Applied Technology, Geography, History, Hospitality Studies and Business Studies. From this list, learners need to choose three subjects.
This list is annually revised to cater to the needs of our learners. Every effort is made to provide pupils with a strong environmental background and awareness. This is supplemented with visits to nearby game farms where courses are conducted in both Leadership and Environmental Awareness.
Senior Social Life
We offer a variety of social opportunities for our high school learners. The Valentines Ball and dance functions are always popular. For variety, we participate in Debating, Games, Poetry and Senior Quiz evenings. As one of the largest regional participants in the regional Eisteddfod, pupils have ample opportunity to display their theatrical talents.
The Academy is one of the largest participants in – and usually hosts – the regional annual Eisteddfod competition, in which our pupils have plenty of opportunities to display and hone their theatrical, writing and speaking talents.