Academics and Curriculum

The Scots Advantage provides boys with a variety of pathways that allow them to express and develop their gifts and talents, within a holistic philosophy of education. From our youngest students in the Early Years and Early Learning Centre through to Year 12, Scots boys are challenged physically, spiritually and academically through a variety of purposefully curated sporting and learning pathways.

Rose Bay Early Years Centre (Scots Rose Bay)

The Rose Bay Early Years Centre (Scots Rose Bay) nurtures and educates three and four year old boys whilst offering long day care at Rose Bay. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia education philosophy, Scots Rose Bay is a place of adventure, growth and learning. The aim of the program is to support the boys’ natural curiosity, eagerness to learn and their love of communication with others, in a nurturing childcare centre environment.

Early Learning Centre (Transition to Year 1)

At the Early Learning Centre, we understand that young boys are active discoverers. The Centre’s environment is intentionally designed to lead and equip the youngest Scots boys by harnessing their natural curiosity and energy. Our expert staff come alongside each boy to help them explore new ideas with confidence, build courage and develop a love for learning.

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Preparatory School

As students graduate from the Early Learning Centre into the Preparatory School, they are led to continue to grow in their literacy and numeracy skills but are introduced to further areas of learning, including the Arts, creativity, humanities, languages and sciences. Preparatory School boys are also given the opportunity to discover their areas of gifting by taking part in Co-Curricular Activities programs.

Senior School

The Senior School not only offers the mandated NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum but a holistic education taught by expert teachers to equip them to flourish in the 21st century.

In addition, our Glengarry program is a catalyst to a boy’s maturity; our careers education program helps them to appropriately and prayerfully consider the appropriate direction for the Senior years at the College; and the diverse collection of HSC subjects and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to choose from, allows Scots boys to pursue their interests and their God-given calling.


The Scots College provides numerous opportunities to its students to actively encourage their curiosity, bravely and boldly explore society and build resilience for an ever-changing world.

The Preparatory School and Senior School are supported by the College’s Brave Hearts Bold Minds education philosophy, which includes its character building philosophies that underpin all academic, co-curricular and sporting programs at the College. For the Preparatory School it is A Fine Scots Boy! The Positive Behavioural Plan, while the Senior School develops student learning through its i.C.A.R.E principles. The Scots College offers a holistic education across all its department areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Entrepreneurship Program
  • Chinese
  • Christian Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics and Business (including Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies)
  • English
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages Other than English (including French, Indonesian and Latin)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Science
  • Technical and Applied Studies
  • Visual Arts

The Scots College not only delivers the mandated curriculum, but goes above and beyond to:

  • equip boys to become innovative, creative and critical thinkers who will become highly skilled to operate in a dynamic work environment
  • collaborate and partner with educators who are active practitioners in their fields, ensuring that boys remain cognisant of current industry trends
  • provide national and international opportunities for boys that foster their creativity in unique ways that teaches them technical, formative and collaborative nature of the Arts
  • develop boys’ entrepreneurial mindset that empowers them to become a driving force for positive change
  • guide boys to mature and deepen their faith and understanding of God, further shaping their character and understand the world in which we live.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.