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Cleveland District State High School promotes the all-round development of students by providing a wide range of academic, cultural and sporting opportunities.

Middle School

The school is a recognised leader in Middle Schooling and has strong ties with Primary Schools in the District.  The emphasis in the Middle School is on student engagement, the building of strong relationships and laying the foundations for life-long learning. Our aim is for students to feel safe, welcome and successful in their new high school environment. The smooth transition from primary to secondary school is seen as a priority.

Middle School Curriculum

The Year 8 curriculum has been designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects in a caring and supportive environment.   The school offers a number of extension classes (and scholarships) - Academic, Music and Sport. Year 8 students study the following: English, History, Geography, Science which includes Agriculture, Health and Physical Education, LOTE (French, Japanese or Chinese), Home Economics, Manual Arts, Music, Art. Students involved in the extension programs may be required to attend classes before or after school.  All extension classes have extra LOTE classes.

All Year 9 students study eight subjects.  In order to keep their future options open, all students study five core subjects and then select three elective subjects. Core Subjects include: English, Maths, Science or Agricultural Science, History, Geography, Health and Physical Education. Elective Subjects include: Agricultural Mechanics, Ancient History, Animal Husbandry, Art, Business Computing, Business Principles, Chinese, Craft, Dance, French, Graphics, Home Economics, Japanese, Music, Popular Music Studies, Practical Cookery, Technology Studies, Science Research and Technology, Speech and Drama, Technology Wood, Technology Metal.

Senior Phase of Learning

A wide range of academic and vocational subjects are offered in the senior years so as to cater for all of the needs of our students. Year 10 students undertake a curriculum structure that aligns with educational initiatives which incorporate Year 10 in the Senior School. All year 10 students study English, Maths and HPE as well as four elective subjects. All subjects studied in Year 10 lead directly into subjects offered in Years 11 and 12, thus giving the students the opportunity to experience the demands of the subject before they commit to it in Year 11 and 12.

Year 11 and 12 students work a flexible timetable (four day week).  Students may undertake University study, TAFE programs, School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships or private study on their options day. 

Subjects which contribute to an Overall Position (OP) include:  Accounting, Agricultural Science, Ancient History,  Biology, Business Communication and  Technologies, Chemistry, Chinese Mandarin, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, English Extension (Year 12 only), Film, Television & New Media, Geography, Graphics, Health Education, Home Economics, French, Japanese,   Information Processing Technology,  Legal Studies, Marine Studies,  Maths A,  Maths B,  Maths C, Modern History, Marine Science, Music,  Music Extension (Year 12 only), Physics, Physical  Education, Visual Art.

Subjects that contribute to a rank (Non-OP) which are part of our Vocational Education program include:  Cert II in Sport (Officiating), Cert I in Furnishing, Cert II in Hospitality, Cert II & III in Info Technology, Cert II in Live Production, Theatre & Events, Cert II Music Industry (Foundation), Cert I & II in Rural Operations, Cert II in Tourism, Cert I & II in Animal Studies, Cert II in Business, Cert II in Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft, Cert III in Children’s Services (RTO – My Other Mom), Cert I in General Construction (RTO – SkillsTech), English Communication, Instrumental Music, Physical Recreation, Practical Art (Computer Imaging), Prevocational Maths.