Scotch College is one of the most respected and dynamic schools in Australia, providing an integrated range of educational programs for boys from the Preparatory year to Year 12.
Founded in 1851, Scotch College is one of the oldest schools in Victoria. Located on one campus in the heart of suburban Melbourne, the school’s magnificent grounds span 27 hectares, which are flanked by the Yarra River. The school has one core goal — to develop each boy to his full potential. The success of our former students, many of whom have made significant contributions to life in Australia and throughout the world, reflects our commitment to this goal.
We pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of our curriculum and the excellence of our teaching staff. Through their guidance and a flexible and modern curriculum, students learn the core values of integrity, leadership, compassion and social responsibility. As part of our rich heritage, we are proud to offer some of the most impressive facilities of any school in the country. Whether a boy has an interest in the creative arts, sports, science, technology, academic excellence or foreign languages, he will have unparalleled opportunities in working towards achieving his maximum potential.
The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. Christian teachings underpin Scotch’s philosophy and practices; from each boy’s first day we work to encourage a sense of community and respect for others.
It is our belief that extraordinary individuals are shaped through a learning environment that gives equal consideration to the development of the mind, body and soul. Every student is encouraged to take part in a wide and challenging variety of activities in the classroom, sports and creative arts.
Academic results at Scotch are exceptional, but our overall emphasis is on helping each student to achieve his personal best in every endeavour.
Maximising intellectual and personal development
To give each boy the maximum opportunity to reach his full potential, Scotch offers a range of educational and co-curricular programs tailored to challenge him at every stage
of his intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development.
Students begin to make a limited number of subject choices in Year 7 and Year 8, with specific choices postponed for as long as practicable. The introduction of advanced work in specialist areas is left until the final years of schooling.
Students learn to broaden their horizons and appreciate other cultures. German is studied in the Junior School, and French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese and Latin are offered for study in the Senior School.
Highly skilled staff assist in ensuring that all students, including those with learning difficulties and very able students, have every opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential across all areas of the curriculum.
Encouraging and caring for each student
Fundamental to all of our programs is a commitment to pastoral care. We believe in fostering an environment that is supportive, caring and fulfilling — an environment in which each student can develop self-esteem and a belief in his ability to achieve his ambitions. A highly effective framework ensures that each student receives individual support and attention. Class teachers monitor the overall development and welfare of individual students in the Junior School. In the Senior School, a combination of senior staff and tutors work together to ensure that all students receive personal attention and develop a strong sense of belonging.
College Chaplains also play a key role in the area of student welfare and are available for guidance or simply a friendly conversation.
In addition to adult role models and counsellors, each boy benefits from having mentors closer to their own age. A buddy system in the Junior School and a peer support program in the Senior School teaches older students the importance of responsibility and leadership, and helps younger boys to become confident members of the school community.