ABOUT ALEXANDRA COLLEGE
We are very proud of Alexandra College and we’re always delighted to talk to parents and girls about what we have to offer across the academic, creative, music and sporting aspects of College life. Our mission and ethos are strongly connected with the Church of Ireland, we have a diverse and inclusive student body, which reflects Irish society and welcomes equally, girls of every faith and those of no religious affiliation.
We are particularly proud of the four areas of excellence – Academic, Creative, Music & Drama and Sport – that set us apart as a school with unmatched opportunities for our girls to grow and succeed and, quite simply, to enjoy their school days.
Our broad range of subject choices and creative, musical and sporting options are delivered by an outstanding team of teachers, working with modern resources and facilities, using a blend of small class sizes and individual tuition to give each girl a level of attention and encouragement to help her achieve her best.
Boarding at Alexandra College
Boarding plays a large part in the life of the College with one in nearly five students choosing to board. We offer five-day and seven-day options to suit your needs. While the majority of our girls are from Ireland, we welcome students from Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Nigeria, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, Germany, France and Russia.
We are more than just a school, we are a community of individuals where everyone is encouraged to help the other and to work for the common good. Our Boarders are central to this sense of community.
Unlike most boarding schools, our Boarding House remains open on the weekend and bank holidays. We close for the following school holidays; October mid-term break, Christmas Holidays, February mid-term break and Easter holidays. During the periods where the College is closed, transport is arranged to and from Heuston Station and Dublin Airport for our Boarders to visit home during these school holidays.
We offer seven-day boarding for girls from 1st year to 6th year in secondary school and for 5th and 6th class students in our Junior School. We require that all students stay for a minimum of one full academic year. Fees are due in full, in advance, for all non-EU students. Optional extras are available for music, singing, and speech and drama. We also require all overseas students for whom English is not their first language, to attend extra English classes. The fee for these classes is €1300 for 28 classes over the academic year. For more information about fees, please visit the admissions section of our website by clicking here.
THE IRISH EDUCATION SYSTEM
Below is a table showing what class your daughter should be in based on her age. We have also shown the equivalent in the UK system.
Children attend Primary (junior) School between the ages of 4 and 12. Primary schools are also known as national schools. Primary education is also referred to as first level education; Foundation to Year 7 in the UK.
Primary School covers eight years – a two-year infant cycle followed by six years from first to sixth class. Children move to the next class at the end of each school year. The school year runs from September to June.
The Junior School day in Alexandra College runs from 8.45am and classes end at 3.00pm. Each day begins with Assembly.
For more information about our Junior School, click here.
Children from about 12 to 18 years old attend Secondary (senior) School. Secondary School covers six years from 1st Year to 6th Year. Alexandra College Senior School starts at 8.45am with Assembly and finishes at 4.00pm.
Students in 1st to 3rd Year (aged 12 to 15) follow the Junior Cycle curriculum which offers a wide range of subjects. All students must follow courses in the following:
- Irish (except where exempt)
- European Language
- Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)
- Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
- Information Technology
- Physical Education
Students then chose five subjects from the following*;
- Home Economics
- Latin, Religion
*There must be a minimum of 6 students in a class for a subject to take place.
Transition Year or 4th Year (16 years old) is a one year programme between the Junior and Senior Cycle. The programme is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependent learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle.
The Transition Year offers students an opportunity:
- To engage in independent, self-directed learning
- To develop general, technical and academic skills
- To mature and develop without the pressure of an examination
The Senior Cycle covers 5th and 6th Year (17 and 18 years old). At the end of the Senior Cycle, the students sit the Leaving Certificate Examinations. Students study 7 subjects in the Senior Cycle and will then go on to sit 7 exams in the Leaving Certificate Examinations.
Applications to Irish third-level colleges are managed by the Central Applications Office (CAO). Eligibility is based on each student’s best six results in the Leaving Certificate – representing a maximum score of 625 points. At a national level, the average Leaving Certificate student scores around 300 points and most national university courses require 300-500 points. There is a lot of competition for places, with many courses in subjects like medicine and law requiring more than 500 points. To see our Leaving Certificate results from the last four years, click here.
Points achieved in the Irish Leaving Certificate system can be used to apply for Northern Ireland and UK universities, and other overseas universities. Students and their parents are advised to check the requirements for universities and the courses they are interested in before selecting their Leaving Certificate subjects and to verify their options directly with the universities in question.
Alexandra College has a strong record of points obtained, with an average score each year comfortably above 400 points and more than 30% of girls achieving more than 500 points (compared to a national average of less than 10%).
For the Leaving Certificate Exams, students must take Irish (except where exempt), English, Maths and a European Language.
Students can choose one the European Language from the list below:
Students then choose three options from the following subjects:
- Science Group: Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics,
- Business Group: Accounting, Business, Economics
- Social Studies Group: Art, Classical Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music, Politics and Society
There are practical examinations and project work in certain subjects, such as Art, Music and Agricultural Science. There are oral examinations in Irish and continental languages. The practical and oral tests take place during the final year of the programme. The written examination is held in June each year.
More information on our Senior School can be found here.
Studying at Alexandra College gives overseas students a great opportunity to meet and make friends with girls from Ireland and other countries and cultures. We have an excellent reputation for welcoming overseas students who benefit from our outstanding educational standards and our broad approach to personal development.
We encourage international students to share their cultures and acknowledge various cultural celebrations. International and local students are encouraged to take part in activities organised by the Culture Club to encourage social interaction between local and International students.
Students from different religious backgrounds are free to attend their own religious services. Language support is provided at school through the English As A Second Language programme.
We recognise the difficulties of long-distance separation from families. Boarding House staff regularly communicate with parents and encourage students to do the same.
We offer seven-day boarding, with a full programme for each day and evening, including weekends. Apart from classes and study-periods students also enjoy sport, music, drama and the creative arts. At weekends the girls visit local sights and attractions, take excursions to the countryside and enjoy the culture on offer in the galleries, museums and theatres of the Capital. We strike the right balance between fun and learning for the students and care for their spiritual development by ensuring they attend their own faith services at weekends.
PREP (HOMEWORK) AND STUDY SCHEDULE
Homework sessions commence at 6.30pm following dinner until 9.30pm.
Fifth and Sixth Year students may study in their rooms after 9.30pm and on the weekends.
Monday to Friday Prep Times
1st year: 6.30 – 8.00pm
2nd year: 6.30 – 8.30pm
3rd year: 6.30 – 9.30pm*
4th year: 6.30 – 8.00pm
5th year: 6.30 – 9.30pm*
6th year: 6.30 – 9.30pm*
*There is a break from 7.45 – 8.15pm for 3rd, 5th and 6th-year students.
Study for all students on Saturday and Sunday is optional.
There are CCTV cameras on the school grounds as well as on-site security.
Boarding school students are transported to and from the boarding house on the Alexandra College minibus. The first bus leaves for the boarding house after school at 4.00pm. Most of the students stay after school for sport or music and get the second bus back at 6.00pm.
Check-in/roll call checks students attendance at school each morning. Boarders sign in when they return to the boarding school and there is a roll call every evening.
iPad’s are purchased from the school. While connected to the school network, iPads are monitored by our in-house IT person who blocks social media and other banned sites to ensure maximum security. Any student who downloads blocked social media apps is automatically disconnected from the school network. They must visit the IT department in the College to get unblocked.
MAKE AN APPLICATION
Please note that the College is fully booked for day pupils entering the Junior School and first-year in the Senior School for 2018 and 2019. There are a number of boarding places available. Please contact admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
In order to submit the completed application for the student, you will need:
1. Scanned birth certificate
2. PPS Number (Not applicable for International students)
3. Application fee €150