The curriculum at Kelvinside Academy is designed to challenge students and to encourage them to think for themselves. We want students to acquire certain habits of mind and intellectual skills: to be able to solve problems, analyse evidence and construct theses and arguments, to ask questions, make connections and think critically, scientifically and imaginatively. The curriculum in the Senior School combines traditional academic subjects with new, creative courses in Drama and Photography.
The Senior School curriculum begins in P7 (known as Senior Prep), which is a transition year designed to prepare pupils for the Senior School. Senior Prep pupils study Maths, English and Social Subjects with the class teacher and go to subject specialists for Science, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Religious Studies, PSHE and Physical Education. The Senior Prep year is therefore the first of the three year experience from SP to S2 in which students follow a broad range of subjects as a general introduction to the curriculum.
We allow students a guided choice of subjects in S3 and S4. In these years most follow eight subjects. Maths and English are compulsory and there is a strong expectation that students also study at least one Science subject and one Modern Foreign Language. The school prepares students for exams leading to National 4 and 5 qualifications. We expect the vast majority of students to be presented at National 5 level. In S5 students continue to follow a programme of up to 5 subjects at Higher level. In S6, students will study either Advanced Higher or Higher courses or a mix of both with the aim of preparing them for higher education and the world of work.