Educational Philosophy

At Carey, we pride ourselves on providing a curriculum tailored to the interests and abilities of each student.

Educational Philosophy
Educational Philosophy

Carey Baptist Grammar School is known for being a leader in independent co-education, with a strong focus on innovation and best practice teaching and learning.

The benefits of co-education

We passionately believe co-education is fundamental to educating students for the future. Co-education is key to inclusivity, it enhances social and emotional development, and it allows us to broaden our educational approach beyond gender lines.

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Life at Carey

Carey is a positive and engaged community made up of our students, families, staff, alumni and friends whose connections extend far beyond the classroom. Together we are one – inspired by and dedicated to our shared responsibility for shaping the citizens of tomorrow.

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A complete education

We are committed to a complete education – an approach that values individuality and develops the whole person through a range of experiences and learning opportunities. We promote and embrace innovative thinking, creativity and collaboration.

Wellbeing underpins everything we do

At Carey, we believe that student wellbeing encompasses holistic social, emotional, spiritual, physical and academic components. We know that optimal wellbeing for students is when they possess a strong sense of self-efficacy, agency, purpose and belonging which enables them to flourish in school and in life. The interconnectedness of student wellbeing and learning are embedded in our policies, programs and practices, and fostered through positive everyday relational experiences.

Academic excellence is a priority

We know that not all students are inspired by traditional academic pathways, but we motivate and encourage them to be the best they can be. We provide the pathways that allow students to thrive, including an inquiry-based approach in Junior School, over 50 elective subjects in Middle School, and IB and VCE in Senior School. As a result, Carey students achieve academic results that place them in the top students of the state.

Class of 2021 VCE and IB Results

Carey's Attributes of a Positive Learner

We believe that a future-focussed education must incorporate the development of the personal attributes young people will need to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Alongside measuring student growth based on their performance in the classroom and in assessments, we formally recognise their development of nine specific attributes that we believe make a successful Carey learner: curiosity, imagination, reflection, resilience, courage, knowledge, communication, collaboration and connectedness.

Giving back to the community

Throughout the learning journey at Carey, community service and social justice make up an important part of student growth. Through connections with refugee communities, Indigenous communities and a huge array of charitable organisations, our students learn to view the world through a diverse range of perspectives and understand their responsibility to give back to their local and global communities.

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