High School
Learning Model

The High School learning model comprises of four components, which are Skills, Inquiry, Online and study. During the school day, scholars spend 30% in Online and Study and 70% face to face in Skills or Inquiry.  Scholar schedules include allocated time specifically for assigned online content and activities aligned to what they are learning in class with their teachers.

Skills

Skills are the direct instruction component of the model. During skills time, scholars receive instruction from a qualified educator.

Enquiry

The Inquiry component of the model is used for the delivery of cross-curricular projects (XC Projects).  The XC Projects drive curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are transferable and ensure that scholars are future relevant.

Online

Scholars engage with roughly 30% of the learning material through online learning and independent study. Scholar timetables include allocated time for online content and activities aligned to what they are learning in class with their teachers.

Study

The Study component of the model builds responsibility, self-determination and discipline through independent study.  During study, scholars learn how to drive their own learning.  Study becomes particularly important as scholars begin to prepare for their matriculation examinations.

Curriculum

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Curriculum

Our high school curriculum is CAPS aligned. However, our scholars explore topics beyond the CAPS requirements through XC Projects and SPARK’s bespoke Character Quotient Course.

Grade 8 -9

Our scholars are required to take the following subjects in their High School senior phase
  • English Home Language
  • Mathematics
  • First Additional Language (isiZulu)
  • Economic Management Sciences (Business Studies & Accounting)
  • Creative Arts 
  • Natural Science 
  • Social Science (Geography & History)
  • Technology
  • Character Quotient (Life Orientation and Physical Education)

Grade 10-12

Our scholars are required to take the following subjects in their Further Education and Training Phase
  • English Home Language
  • Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy
  • First Additional Language (isiZulu)
  • Economics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • History
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Character Quotient (Life Orientation and Physical Education)

Social & Emotional Development

SPARK High Schools delivers more than the required CAPS hours for life orientation through a course based on the Character Quotient Framework.  The Character Quotient Framework drives scholar social-emotional development and prepares scholars for tertiary and career through the following:

  1. open-ended learning
  2. exploration, discovery and self-expression
  3. daily reflection/journaling
  4. dialogue, role play and scenarios
  5. digital resources
  6. successive levels of skills acquisition

Extracurricular activities

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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular programs such as sports, extra lessons, art, academic enrichment, take place after school and in the evenings. Our school coordinates activities with local service providers.

Place-Based Education

Each year, our scholars participate in a place-based education that offers them real-world experience outside of school. This is done in the following ways:

Field Experiences

FET Phase scholars spend 2 days a year in a place of work, e.g. law firm, property sales, product development. Scholars select their experience based on  interests, current XC project, and availability.

Field Excursions

Scholars participate in at least 1off site visit to places relevant to their studies. Schools/teachers may choose to increase this number. Excursions are organised per whole grade.

Volunteer Hours

Every year, scholars are required to complete volunteer hours at a location of their choice.

Additional Information

Uniforms

SPARK Randburg High’s uniform is a blue SPARK Schools golf shirt and khaki pants/skirts with black sneakers. 
Parents can purchase the uniform at School and Leisure – Cresta Branch

Stationery

Parents are required to pay a once-off fee for the year. This fee includes all classroom resources, workbooks and files.

Scholars must have access to consumable stationery such as pens, pencils and highlighters for use at both school and home. FET Phase scholars will require access to a calculator for maths courses.

Books/Digital Content

With the exception of setworks (novels or plays) required for English Home Language, SPARK allocates a class copy of textbooks for each scholar to use when they are in the classroom.

SPARK provides parents with the book lists for each subject and, although it is not required, parents have the option to purchase individual books for each course.