The origins of the Tasmanian eSchool date back over 90 years, with the establishment of distance education in the State to enable students, who were unable to attend mainstream schools, to receive a full education. The Tasmanian eSchool provides an online K-10 educational program supported by face-to-face learning opportunities, to achieve curriculum diversity and to promote student engagement. Current school priorities are Literacy, Numeracy and Personal and Social Capability.
The school has a campus in the North (Rocherlea), and in the South (Derwent Park). Teachers develop and deliver online Australian Curriculum courses in addition to interest based short courses. Many students have individualised learning programs based around the General Capabilities (Australian Curriculum).
In addition to delivering educational programs to students the eSchool provides two services to support the Tasmanian community. These include: The Hospital Schools Program in Hobart and Launceston; andthe STARS Program (northern campus) which develops the social skills of students with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.
Students can be registered or enrolled with the Tasmanian eSchool under the following criteria:
Registered students can be full-time or part-time. Students remain enrolled fulltime with their 'base' school and access Tasmanian eSchool teachers and programs on a fee-for-service basis. Students can be registered by their school under one of the following sub categories:
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Students who meet the state and commonwealth criteria for living at a distance from the nearest school can be enrolled with the Tasmanian eSchool.
A range of Years 11 and 12 subjects are available through Flexible Provision. These courses are taught flexibly by various schools and senior secondary colleges. Flexible Provision is coordinated by Curriculum Services in the Department of Education. Access to these courses is available to all Tasmanian Years 11 and 12 students. Those wishing to undertake all of their senior secondary studies via Flexible Provision must meet the same enrolment criteria as eSchool students