The ASMS is a Year 10 to 12 senior high school. All Year 10 and 11 students work together on a common program called Central Studies. This gives Year 10 students an opportunity to gain some SACE Stage 1 credits. Year 12 subjects follow the defined SACE curriculum statements and students can meet all of the criteria for their South Australian Certificate of Education and ATAR at the school. Refer to the Year 10 & 11 Curriculum and Year 12 Curriculum pages for further information.
The ASMS building is open, flexible and ICT enabled. Its modern design and IT infrastructure ensures that students can work with each other to learn and access the educational resources. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) included the ASMS building in the third International Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities.
Although there is no ASMS uniform, dress must always be neat and appropriate and must not be offensive to others. Guidelines have been agreed through consultation with students. Students will be issued with a photo ID card which they will be expected to have with them at all times.
Students have access to the cafeteria (the Decaf) on the adjacent Sturt Campus of the Flinders University and the ASMS has kitchen facilities (microwave, fridge, hot water and sink) for student use in the student café area.
Lessons commence at 8.40am and normally conclude at 3.20pm. On Tuesdays the formal day ends at 1.00pm. The school is open from 7.45am on weekdays and remains open until 4.30pm for students to continue their research and learning. The adjacent Sturt Library annexe of the Flinders University is open from 8.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 6.00pm on Fridays. Australian Science and Mathematics School students have full access to this facility.
Computing devices are now part of everyday life. The ASMS curriculum is online and available 24/7. We encourage students to bring their own device/s to school each day. The school does not have any minimum specifications for devices and your decision should be based on your personal circumstances and preferences. We would encourage you to consider a Windows or Apple laptop as Chromebooks or iPads/Tablets often wont meet all your learning needs if they are the only device you have access to. Students are responsible for the maintenance of these devices and are encouraged to bring them fully charged and must have up to date antimalware software installed. The school can assist in connecting any Windows or Apple devices to our wireless network.
The ASMS curriculum is online and this includes the assessment results. Teachers enter grades and comments into the portal as they are completed. At the end of each semester a final report is posted on the portal and mailed home. In terms 1 and 3, students hold a learning conversation with their parents and Learning Studies Teacher where they present and discuss the progress of their learning.
The Learning Studies Teacher is central to supporting the student. They monitor each student’s performance and behaviour and provide timely intervention. Parents should contact their child’s Learning Studies Teacher as soon as they perceive there is an issue and the teacher will contact the parent if concerns are raised at the school level. The ASMS Student Support Team meets weekly and considers feedback provided by teachers about individual student progress. This information is used to identify students who may require additional support.
It depends what the issue is. For personal or academic issues about your child, contact the Learning Studies Teacher via email. You can make a phone call, however teachers are usually teaching and may not be available. If the issue is a general issue, please discuss the matter with the receptionist who will direct your call to the relevant person. If the matter is about a teacher please contact the Principal by phone or email. If you have any other questions please contact the Principal on +61 8 8201 5686.
If there are specific complaints regarding bullying in the school, the student’s Learning Studies Teacher should be contacted.
Students have the opportunity to take part in wide range of extra-curricular activities. One of these is the ASMS Service Club where students coordinate a range of fundraising activities to support charities and community organisations. A variety of sports are on offer for all students at the ASMS including the lunch time sport program and several interschool competitions (after school hours).