Kyrios offers the Department of Education’s National Curriculum, CAPS. The acronym stands for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements.
The difference between private and state schools (aside from the fees) is the approach to teaching, learner-teaching ratio (20:1 at Kyrios), supplementary material created and provided to students, the way that the CAPS curriculum content is tested and examined and the standard of progression and promotion.
Kyrios’ grade 12 learners write departmental exams. The school is divided into a primary and secondary school with four different phases as per the CAPS curriculum’s requirements:
- Foundation phase: Grade R, 1-3
- Intermediate phase: Grade 4-6
- Senior phase: Grade 7-9
- FET phase: Grade 10-12
FET Phase COMPULSORY SUBJECTS:
English Home Language, Afrikaans OR Sesotho (First Additional Language), Life Orientation, Mathematics OR Mathematical Literacy.
FET phase SUBJECT CHOICES:
|Science||Commercial||Arts & other|
|Mathematics||Mathematics||Mathematics/ Mathematical Literacy|
|Physical Science||Business Studies||Design|
FACILITIES & INTERVENTION
Because the aim of Kyrios Independent School is special attention, we pride ourselves on keeping our fingers on every learner’s academic pulse. One way that we ensure more special attention is by limiting class sizes. This allows teachers to ensure that no learner gets lost in the cracks of high capacity class education.
At the beginning of each term learner, parent, teacher, and management set academic goals to pursue. At the end of each term, the primary and secondary school operational heads analyse all the learners’ results to see which learners underperformed in what subjects. Underperformance does not mean failure, it could simply mean a learner is not reaching her/his potential. Phase conferences are then held with teachers, where academic intervention is discussed and planned for the new term. An intervention schedule is set up and parents are notified of dates and times.
At the beginning of every term the school hosts triangular meetings to forge partnerships between learner-teacher-parent.
Other interventions include:
- Extended school hours
- Extra lessons (afternoons or weekends)
- Afternoon care classes/homework center
- Winter / holiday school
- Triangular interviews: learner, parent, and teacher
- Workshops, educational outings, Expos
- Referrals to psychologists or occupational therapists (scholastic evaluation, etc)
The peaceful environment and smaller class sizes make it ideal for learners who find mainstream public schools and large classroom capacity private schools challenging on their academic performance.