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Curriculum, teaching and learning

One of the hallmarks of Yeronga State High School is the safe, disciplined and inclusive educational environment where young people can focus on achieving excellence in a range of academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. Through our Pathways to the Future curriculum model students have a real choice in determining the course that best meets their individual needs and helps them to achieve their goals and dreams.  ​

The key to improving learning outcomes is to recognise the diverse education and training needs of young people, and provide a range of opportunities to meet those needs. Our school community believes that student engagement is a precursor to achievement and as such we strive to constantly explore new approaches to schooling that ensures we are in step with the interests and imperatives of our young people. We strive to provide high quality education that makes a positive difference to the lives of all young people who enrol in our school community. We equip young people for the future to enable them to contribute to a socially, economically and culturally vibrant society.  

Yeronga State High School offers students a broad range of curriculum pathways across the Junior secondary and Senior secondary phases of learning with a balance of academic, sporting, cultural and vocational experiences. The curriculum in our school is flexible, broad and coherently organised around the 8 Key Learning Areas (English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages Other Than English, Technology).  The school is structured around 4 x 70 minute learning blocks a day to allow us to focus on developing and extending literacy, numeracy and thinking skills. The school operates a flexible day structure with a 2:40pm finish for all students to allow them extra time for balancing their travel, study and work commitments. 

Junior secondary school (years 7 – 9)

Through our Pathways to the Future curriculum model students have a real choice in determining the course that best meets their individual needs and helps them to achieve their goals and dreams.  Students in the Junior secondary years of schooling (years 7 – 9) are given the best opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge, skills and understanding for future success through comprehensive, flexible and balanced curriculum pathways encompassing the 8 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) and the rich interrelationships between them.


Students at Yeronga State High school come from a variety of social groups and family backgrounds.  While this makes for a diverse and dynamic learning community, it also means that students have a broad range of learning abilities and interests. 

Research shows that students learn most effectively when they are taught at a level that suits their abilities and interests, when they are motivated and challenged to extend themselves, and when there is positive behaviour in the classroom. 

The pathways approach is designed to improve student learning by matching teaching with students’ abilities and interests, and by providing students with more individual attention.  This approach compares to traditional methods of teaching where all students in the same year are required to learn the same subject content at the same rate. 

What are pathways?

Pathways organise students into learning groups according to their abilities and interests.  Pathway 1 is for students needing more time to learn content in a particular subject.  Pathway 2 is for students working at an average level of achievement, while Pathway 3 is for students working at an above average level of achievement. 

Each pathway is further related to achieving outcome levels specified by the Education Department.  Using year 8 as an example:  Pathway 1 is for students who achieve at a 3/4 level in a particular subject; Pathway 2 for students achieving at a level 4 and Pathway 3 for students achieving at a level 4/5.  The results of student achievements will be reported to parents using an A – E scale, with A being the highest achievement level and E being the lowest achievement level. 

Subjects using pathways

Core subjects such as English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science.  Electives and subjects with smaller class numbers may use no or fewer Pathways because students have similar abilities and interests or smaller numbers mean teachers can give students more attention. 

How does pathways work?

Students’ abilities and interests will be assessed when they enroll at Yeronga State High School and as they progress through their schooling.  Students may be assessed at different levels in different subjects.  For example, a student may be assessed to work in Pathway 1 for English and Study of Society and Environment, and Pathway 2 in Mathematics and Science.  Another student may be assessed to work in Pathway 2 for Mathematics and in Pathway 3 for English, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Assessment of students’ abilities and interests can be negotiated between students, parents and teachers, and students will have the opportunity to move from one pathway to another at the end of each semester, as their learning needs change.