International/ EALD Students
Canberra is a wonderful place for children to live and go to school. It is a clean, safe and quiet city with a good public transport system. As Australia's capital city, it is home to many important cultural institutions such as Parliament House, The National Library of Australia, The National Archives, The Museum of Australian Democracy, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum and The National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon). Such easy access to these institutions provides opportunities to enrich students' education.
Alfred Deakin High School (ADHS) is in Deakin, a central suburb of Canberra and the heart of the Diplomatic precinct. We are a proudly multicultural school with over 10% of our students coming from English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) backgrounds. At ADHS, EALD students are placed in single-grade, dedicated EALD English classes in a dedicated EALD classroom, rather than a single composite class. These smaller class sizes allow our fully qualified EALD teachers to give each student the time and support they need in order to progress effectively with their English language development. For all other subjects, EALD students are placed in mainstream classes and are supported via the Gryphon Support Program, which provides small group tuition in any subject required. A large number of our Language Background Other than English (LBOTE) students receive assistance through individual support from TESOL qualified classroom teachers if required and as part of our Gryphon program.