Ascham School is an independent, non-denominational, day and boarding school for girls. It is located in the suburb of Edgecliff and only 3.5 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, New South Wales.
Established in 1886, Ascham has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently has approximately 1000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 100 boarders from Years 6 to 12.
Ascham girls are supported to develop into confident, independent and compassionate young women who have a sense of purpose. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum, the Dalton Plan and extensive co-curricular offerings.
Ascham is the only school in Australia to use the Dalton Plan and it sits at the heart of the schools teaching and learning. This unique plan provides girls with an extraordinary skill set, not only for school but also in preparing them for life beyond the school gates. It is introduced in stages across the Junior School and from Year 7 (Senior School) the Dalton Plan structure is manifested in the timetable.
Ascham has an outstanding academic reputation, along with excellent music, art and drama departments. Sport also plays an important role in the life of an Ascham student and there are 20 sports on offer.
Student wellbeing at Ascham is an important part of developing each student’s physical, moral, spiritual and academic competence.
Boarding at Ascham offers a relaxed, friendly and home-like atmosphere in which staff make every effort to create an environment in which the girls are treated as individuals, feel valued and secure. Girls and staff live and work together with warmth and respect. Girls grow in confidence and self-esteem, and are helped to reach their full potential in all areas of school life.
All Ascham scholarships and boarding bursaries are means-tested and are provided for girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Ascham. The school offers these awards to girls who it believes will thrive academically and personally through the Dalton Plan, and who will make a significant contribution to the life of the school.
The co-curricular program offers opportunities for girls to try out new activities and further develop current interests throughout their school life. From chess to debating, the school's co-curricular offering allows girls to make new friends, bond and broaden their interests.