The great aim of education is not knowledge but action ~Herbert Spencer
ABOUT ALEXANDRA HIGH SCHOOL
Academics at Alexandra High School are of a high standard and one of the top performing schools in the province with our Matric pass rate of 100% in 2013.
We have a dedicated teaching staff that is highly qualified. They are trained in the latest aspects of the national syllabus for each subject. Furthermore, many of our teachers are regularly used as markers for Matric papers. Our staff invest significant time and effort into moulding our students and bringing out their true potential.
Students are graded in Grade 8 into one of 6 classes: A, B, C, L, M, J. The ‘A’ class is a streamlined class of top learners who are able to move at a fast pace. This ensures that fast learners are not held back by slower counterparts and that even top students have challenging classmates. In latter grades, separation of students into class division is based on their marks from the previous year.
Class sizes are average for that of a semi-private school and range between 32 and 36 per class for Grade 8 and 9. In Grade 10, 11 and 12 – when students are doing subjects on a more specialized level – class sizes are generally smaller.
Class sizes in complex subjects such as Physical Sciences and Mathematics are kept as low as possible to ensure that teachers are able to devote as much time to individuals in these challenging subjects. Top set Physical Sciences classes can sometimes consist of less than 30 students.
Our students have a variety of subjects to choose from in Grade 10, 11 and 12. We do our best to give students the flexibility to choose subjects across a wide spread.
The wonderful Andrew Graaf has spent 17 years at Alex. He was educated there, returned to teach English and Drama, became Vice Principal and subsequently principal. He leads from the heart, is a born educator, always has an ‘open door’ policy and cares deeply about both the students and teachers.
PRINCIPAL ANDREW GRAAF
UKULAPHA COMMUNITY OUTREACH & EDUCATION & ALEX HIGH SCHOOL
Thanks to the superlative cooperation of Principal Graaf, Ukulapha and Slangspruit Primary School have a superb and collaborative working relationship with Alexandra High School.
From the very first scholarships, Principal Graaf came out to Slangspruit Primary School to congratulate the top students who received their scholarships. Principal Graaf welcomed them to their new high school and present them each with a medal!
Each year Principal Graaf saves space for our grade 8 scholarship students.
As chief administrator of Ukulapha Community Outreach, Carolyn Burns serves on the Alexandra High School governing body as a parent representative and also attends parent/teacher meetings to follow the students’ progress.
Ukulapha also organizes extra lessons and support for the scholarship students whenever required.