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Academic Success

A top class education

Rostrevor offers some of the State's finest specialist teachers who consistently guide their pupils to outstanding heights of academic success across all curriculum areas. The 31 Merits (perfect scores) awarded in 2019 across a wide range of subjects are testament to this.

Recent academic highlights by Rostrevor students include:

  • More than 16% of 2019 graduates with an ATAR above 95.
  • Tennyson Medallist for the highest achieving English Literary Studies student in South Australia in 2018.
  • Winning the Senior State Secondary School Debating Championships in 2019.
  • Students selected in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Adelaide University's prestigious Headstart program whereby Year 12s undertake university subjects while completing their SACE.
  • Governor's Commendation to 2019 Dux Archer Newton.
  • Rostrevor consistently achieves a 100% SACE completion rate with more than 45% of graduates scoring an ATAR above 80 in 2019.
  • Joint Duxes for 2019 Archer Newton and Jake Tatarelli both achieved outstanding ATARS of 99.90 ATARs and Proxime Accessit Luca Mazzeo scored 99.50.

See our 2019 SACE Results flyer here

- Schools are, first and foremost, places of learning

We encourage and support every student to apply himself diligently in every lesson and every activity every day! Indeed, we hope that they go home a little tired after a day of learning at Rostrevor because it means that they have been challenged, stretched in their thinking and developed new strengths.

Understanding that senior boys are still developing their social and emotional intelligence, we know that they are capable of accepting responsibility for their actions and committing to a rigorous academic program. We also know that most thrive in this environment of high expectations and high support; where they know that as they work hard, their teachers are right beside them helping them to achieve their goals. This is a feature of our graduates' valedictory statements how much they have enjoyed the challenge and the partnership with outstanding teachers who were equally committed to their success.


Specialist learning support

Research tells us that, in any group of young people, there will be a proportion of students who need additional, specialist support to help manage specific barriers to their learning. Thankfully, we educate at a time when there is a vast array of research, programmes and strategies that help us to support every boy achieve academic success.

Our Inclusive Education Team, led by Mrs Nadia Fantasia includes teachers and support staff who work in partnership with students, parents and teachers to develop and implement personalised learning plans. Additional support is provided to students within classes, sometimes in specialist activities and homework/study support.

While the Inclusive Education Team play a decisive role in helping boys achieve success, the College invests in the ongoing professional development of all teaches to continually build our capacity to meet the needs of all boys regardless of the subjects or classes they attend.


A wide range of learning experiences

It is important to provide boys with a wide range of learning experiences, particularly in the Junior and Middle Years, and exposure them to different types of teachers and approaches to learning. 

The key to keeping boys highly engaged in learning is designing lessons that target what some call the zone of 'proximal challenge' where the tasks are not so easy that boys become bored and not so difficult that they rarely experience success. When the level of challenge is appropriate, boys look forward to their next class where they will be expected to negotiate the next series of learning challenges and master new skills and knowledge.

In the Senior Years, many develop a sense of the careers that appeal to them which allows them to shape their subject choice to best reflect their interests, talents and aspirations. Rostrevor's comprehensive and diverse subject offering is complemented by strong links to the university and VET sector ensuring that every boy is guided and supported as they embark on their chosen career path.
Senior student academic support includes:

  • Career counselling from University, VET and Senior College staff
  • Time Management, Study Sense and Ace Your Exams support modules
  • Leap and Headstart Programs for advanced learners

For information regarding the vast array of opportunities offered at Rostrevor College, please view our Curriculum Handbook


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