Ardscoil La Salle follows the Curriculum Programmes set down by the Department of Education and Science. The following programmes are currently on offer

  • Junior Certificate
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Transition Year

Junior Certificate - 3 Years

Core Subjects

All Junior Students study the core subjects.

Irish
English
Maths
History
Geography
Religion
SPHE
PE
CSPE

Optional Subjects

All optional subjects are sampled in the first term, of first year before two are selected.
Available subjects may vary from year to year. Please phone the school if you are thinking of transferring from another school.

French
Science
Home Economics
Business Studies
Art Craft & Design
Technical Graphics
Material Technology Wood
Materials & Technology Metalwork

Leaving Certificate - 2 Years

Core Subjects

The core subjects are compulsory.

Irish
Maths
English
Religion

Optional Subjects

Senior Students select four additional subjects for the Leaving Certificate Exam.
*Available subjects may vary from year to year. Please phone the school if you are thinking of transferring from another school.

French
Chemistry*
Physics*
Biology
History
Geography
Business
Home Economics
Art Craft Design
Engineering
Technical Graphics
Construction Studies

Transition Year - 1 Year

The school offers the Transition Year on an optional basis. This is a one-year programme, which comes immediately after the completion of the Junior Certificate. It provides the student with the opportunity to broaden horizons. New subjects and activities are introduced including work experience and educational excursions. A proportion of the material is based on the Leaving Certificate syllabus.

Subjects include some of the following each year.
Available subjects may vary from year to year. Please phone the school if you are thinking of transferring from another school.

  • Irish
  • Maths
  • English
  • French
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Art
  • I.T
  • History
  • Drama Video
  • Geography
  • P.E.
  • Environmental Studies

TY FAQ's

What is Transition Year?

A one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before the Leaving Certificate Programme.

What’s the purpose of the TY programme?

Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development, including social awareness and increased social competence. Promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning. Education through experience of adult working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Is TY suited to all students?

With its emphasis on development and maturity, all young people can benefit from the programme. Transition Year, in particular, can allow for the development of an individual’s multiple intelligences-linguistic, logico-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. The Transition Year programme can also develop key skills for the 21st century such as the three Ts thinking, teamwork and technology.

How are parents involved?

Parents’ understanding of and support for student learning in TY is a key factor in a successful Transition Year experience. Parents should attend and contribute. Some parents make their particular expertise available to the school during the TYP. Parents should be involved also in the school’s evaluation of its programme. Parents should encourage their sons and daughters to avail of the numerous opportunities offered by this unique programme.

Parents' understanding of and support for student learning in TY is a key factor in a successful Transition Year experience. Parents should attend and contribute. Some parents make their particular expertise available to the school during the TYP. Parents should be involved also in the school's evaluation of its programme. Parents should encourage their sons and daughters to avail of the numerous opportunities offered by this unique programme.

Assessment

Teachers regularly give homework and tests. Biannual whole school exams are held in May and December. Mock exams are held in March for examination classes.

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