The National Curriculum is an important focus in the high school and there is an emphasis on personal development and living skills. The curriculum provides educational, recreational, vocational and social experiences to support students to achieve a satisfying quality of life with vocational pathways a priority. Pastoral Care classes operate in all year groups and a range of elective options are available. Senior students enrol in courses of study approved by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Post-school options and supported pathways to the future are a priority and are planned with students, families, other agencies and Disability ACT.
The Woden School provides individual education programs for students who meet the ACT Disability Criteria. This includes students who have a mild to moderate intellectual disability which may be accompanied by a range of medical conditions, or additional sensory, physical or behavioural disabilities. The stimulating, safe and supportive environment enables students to develop skills to participate as active members of their community. The school enrols students from year 7 to year 12 acknowledging the importance of education based on relevant and negotiated curriculum. Small class sizes ensure that students receive a high level of individual instruction.
The school has a proactive behaviour support framework of school wide, classroom and individual approaches. This supports academic achievement and healthy social development in a safe supportive learning environment and directly connects with collaboratively developed individual learning plans. Restorative Practices are used to promote responsibility and harmonious relationships and students are supported and taught to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. The school expects and encourages parents and carers to work with students and teachers to support and reinforce considerate and acceptable behaviour as well as collaboratively negotiated learning goals. Verbal and physical harassment on gender, racial and other grounds is not tolerated. The school actively pursues an inclusive policy for all students and acknowledges the social demands of our changing society. The school seeks to create an environment where students feel safe and belong and are academically extended.