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Pre-Senior School

Year 9
Developing resilience and independence

The Haileybury program is tailored to suit each student’s educational stage and builds resilient, independent learners with a strong work ethic and critical skills in decision-making, leadership and enterprise.

Students leave Haileybury as well-rounded young citizens with a love for learning, who are prepared for life on the global stage and who possess a drive to do more for society.

Our Pre-Senior program

Haileybury Pre-Senior School provides a unique and highly beneficial program that supports the transition from Middle School to Senior School. Students continue to develop their knowledge and skills through a comprehensive curriculum with a strong academic focus.

Students continue to learn under the Parallel Education Model, allowing them to focus on study while enjoying opportunities to socialise.

myCore and myChoice — a range of engaging subjects

The Pre-Senior program includes a mix of compulsory subjects (myCore) and a choice of courses (myChoice) that cater to particular interests. myChoice is equivalent to electives in other schools.



English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Wellbeing, and at least one language are compulsory, providing a strong grounding for VCE study options.


Students can choose from a range of courses across Computer Science, Drama, Music, Entrepreneurship and Visual Arts.

  • Computer Science: Digital Solutions and Creative Technologies.
  • Drama: Script to Character and Character to Script.
  • Music: ‘My Hit Single’ and Music in Popular Culture.
  • Visual Arts: Art Making & Exhibiting, Media, Visual Communication Design
  • Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Ventures
“The Year 9 program is structured to develop resilient, independent learners equipped to handle the challenges of Senior School and the VCE.”
Dr Nicholas Grigsby, Deputy Principal Head of Senior Schools

Developing global citizens

Haileybury is a global school with an international outlook and connections across the world. We offer a range of exciting opportunities for students to broaden their horizons and build independence and maturity. Each program is carefully considered to prepare for the transition to Senior School.

Exchange program: Year 9 students can spend time at the Haileybury Senior School Tianjin in China.

Expeditions and Options program: Camping experiences are available at locations in the Tasmanian wilderness, Victoria’s High Plains, Wyperfeld National Park/Mt Arapiles, Kakadu, China and the USA.

The City CHASE Experiential Learning program: Students visit our City campus and explore Melbourne’s CBD to build self-reliance, teamwork and awareness of social issues in the community.

Students also participate in a range of Social Justice activities and develop valuable life skills through our Wellbeing program, Personal Excellence program and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program.


Haileybury is a leader in utilising appropriate technology to support learning outcomes. Students join our Managed Device Program whereby they purchase a School-issued device completely supported by the School.

Outside the classroom

Pre-Senior School continues to build on students’ interests and passions and offers numerous activities both as part of the co-curricular program and as extra-curricular activities.

Clubs include Drama, Philosophy, Artworks and Chess and there are organised fairs and competitions focusing on Mathematics, Science and English.

We have an extensive Music program including string, brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles with opportunities for private tuition.

Sport activities for individuals or in teams include swimming, cricket, tennis, football, soccer, squash, aerobics, golf, rowing and sailing.

Our Curious Minds programs also offers an extensive selection of co- and extra-curricular programs for our Pre-Senior students.