Keilor Downs Secondary College, Keilor Downs
Name: Keilor Downs Secondary College
Type: Secondary School
Address: 100-110 Odessa Avenue
Town: Keilor Downs
Region Western Metropolitan
Phone: (03) 9367 4200.
Fax: (03) 9367 6490.
Keilor Downs College is a large stand alone 7 –12 college on the outskirts of the metropolitan region. The area has seen massive housing development since the inception of the college twenty years ago. The student population (and the teaching body also) reflect the many different national backgrounds of the surrounding community.
The college is divided into the Middle School (Years 7-9) and Senior School (Years 10-12) for Welfare and Management and curriculum purposes.
Year 10 is treated as an introductory year for VCE, with the timetable aligned with Years 11 and 12 and with many of the processes and terminology of VCE introduced at this year. Year 10 students are encouraged to take VCE units in this year, and there is also a special program run for students who are at risk because of lack of confidence and self-esteem.
In the Middle School there is a strong emphasis on the principles of the Middle Years teaching practices and curriculum organisation.
Keilor Downs College is in its third year of a SEAL program, with the initial cohort moving into Year 10 in 2005, with wide access to VCE units. VCAL was introduced in 2004 in Year 11 and will extend to Year 12 in 2005.
The college has had fee paying overseas students for many years and it operates its own intensive language program for them on-site. These students have enjoyed considerable success at VCE.
Keilor Downs College also has strong sister school arrangements with the Shiroi district in Japan, with reciprocal visits every year. There are also links with Shanghai.