Distance Education

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Welcome to Distance Education with ACC Southlands

Thanks to digital technology, school is no longer constrained by four walls. The school of tomorrow is here today. It's called Distance Education. ACC’s Distance Education School is a legitimate option with qualified teacher support, registered curriculum and university pathways.

Our team of university-qualified and experienced teachers stretch, challenge, and grow our students’ academic abilities using technology solutions from the likes of Google for Education, Apple and Khan Academy.

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What Our Families Say

ACC Distance Education (DE) suits a diversity of students. Watch a small selection of our students and parents tell their stories in these 4 videos.

It’s school, but not as you know it

Distance Education is a new phenomena in Australia. Students ‘attend’ classes online, away from the school campus in Albany.

Distance Education (DE) offers primary and high school students a truly unique alternative to the regular school campus experience.

This option has proven popular. The Australian Christian College Group is the largest independent distance education in Australia.

DE students work with their peers in Southlands and throughout Western Australia, sharing their opinions and reflecting on what they have learned in class discussions. They complete assessment tasks appropriate to the subjects, including exams, essays and multimedia projects.

Students also have the opportunity to build friendships with students their age and discuss common interests outside of school. The online student community is vibrant, active and positive with lots of talk on things like computer games, sports, TV shows, movies, books and much more.

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Learn from anywhere at anytime

With distance education, primary and high school students can learn at anytime from anywhere. It’s portable, flexible and affordable.

Distance Education allows a student to progress at their own pace within a term. No more being forced to move forward in a topic before understanding it nor being held back when other students don’t understand something. Students can learn online at their own pace and at a time of day that suits.

Having said that, students cannot fall behind. They’re required to submit work following the due dates in their assessment schedule - just the same as regular school.

Our modular distance education courses allow you to learn when the time is right for you. Believe it or not, over one third of our students start learning before 7:00am and one third of our students start learning after 7:00pm weekdays.

Meet our Teachers

Our teachers strive to build strong relationships with both parents and students. They’re also highly professional, constantly seeking to improve their teaching skills. This commitment to improvement benefits every child in our school.

Malcolm Bromhead

Principal

Malcolm began working as a District Officer on foster care, child abuse and school truancy. In 1985 he commenced teaching and in 2...

David Ramsay

Deputy Principal

David grew up in Sydney and moved to Albany to begin a new adventure. He and his wife moved across the country and have loved the ...

Terry Phipson

Head of Distance Education

Terry was born in South Africa and arrived in Australia in 1999. As Head of Distance Education, Terry finds the uniqueness of Dist...

Tina King

Distance Education Teacher

As a teacher, Tina loves to create an environment that nurtures the individual child and recognises the unique way God has wired t...

Jade Baker

Teacher

Jade completed an arts degree at the University of Western Australia, majoring in English and History, before gaining a Graduate D...

Rachel Power

Teacher

Having grown up in an educational family, with her Dad a principal and Mum a teacher, she initially avoided teaching until she too...

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Distance education students are diverse

Distance education students are very diverse because distance education suits a wide variety of learners.

Some primary and high school students thrive online as they escape frustrations with distractions, commuting times, unstable friendships and wasted time during school hours. Others have survived bullying and appreciate the respite distance education provides. Students with learning disabilities such as ADHD, auditory processing problems, autism and dyslexia benefit from the self-paced nature of distance education. Some have chosen online while pursuing a sporting or performing arts career. Anxiety is sadly on the rise. Anxiety levels drop when learning online from home.

Students who live in remote areas often don't have many local schools and boarding school is expensive. Distance education provides a legitimate option to these isolated families while building family connectedness.

Regardless of your situation, you will appreciate the support provided by a qualified teaching team and the ready-made learning program available through our Distance Education School.

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Modelled on university online learning courses

We started by modelling our Distance Education School after universities that provide online learning for their students. If you’re familiar with how universities do online learning you’ll be familiar with how Distance Education works.

All courses have a clear starting point and end point. Students need to do the lessons in every subject per week to stay on track with their learning.

All courses use video content that is created by our school and also sourced from the best content providers on the internet. The students can pause, rewind and play a lesson until they understand the concept being taught. It’s like replaying school!

Online discussions provide a great opportunity for students to engage with each other. Our teachers ask open-ended questions so students can think carefully about their response and learn to appreciate other students’ point of view.

School Fees

A great value education for parents who want more for their children

Distance Education students in Pre-Primary to Year 12 have the opportunity to learn through our online courses.

The school fee is payable annually with a small discount or in ten monthly payments.

Most textbooks are included in the school fee. We require students to purchase or loan their own novels and DVD media. There will be some other costs incurred in your technology courses depending on your choice of projects.

2022 Annual Fee Schedule

Year LevelsCost per student per year
Years PP-2$875
Years 3-6$1,545
Years 7-10$1,955
Years 11-12 (General)$3,000
Years 11-12 (ATAR)$3,500

Please note:

School Fees are payable as per the Fee Payment Form.

At least six term weeks notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.

School fees are pro rated on a term basis.

There is no splitting of school fees across multiple payers.

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