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EDU360’s StepBEYOND School is a registered remedial high school in Johannesburg. We offer full-time schooling and support to students with specific remedial concerns. Our innovative high school programme is for moderate to high-functioning adolescents who have not reached their potential in a more traditional school setting.
Our integrated programme of support provides a structured, remedial solution which integrates special education needs (SEN) with learning support and therapeutic skills to make the regular, mainstream curriculum accessible to all students.
Importantly, we promote resilience, determination, positive self-talk and personal accountability within the greater remedial community of Southern Africa. Our school community is formed around a campus that welcomes students from every neighborhood and provides a learning gateway that is connected to the world.
We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all teaching and learning solution, and promise to support all our students to manage their learning difference, better.
StepBEYOND School’s overarching goal is to provide quality remedial education experiences to all students. This philosophy is popular and gaining traction because our approach is structured, integrated and accessible to all students.
StepBEYOND School’s humanitarian effort is built upon key performance areas:
Our values are our deeply held beliefs about the way that the world ought to be. As educational activists, the StepBEYOND faculty of staff, strives to lead by example. We hope to positively influence our students’ conceptual understanding and behavior.
We positively promote the following values:
Promoting access to tasks previously inaccessible and rewarding each student with a sense of accomplishment.
Encouraging all students to believe that they are capable of achieving significant milestones.
Fostering an honest approach which highlights the consequences of cause-and-effect.
Shifting mindsets towards a state of resilience and determination.
A thinking skill which harnesses the power of positive potential performance.
Supporting students and families with remedial needs.
Modern and innovative approaches to traditional and worthwhile education.
A virtue is an inner disposition (an internal library of responses and consequences) that enables a person to make the right decision in a situation.
Our faculty of staff encourages the consideration of inner disposition, guiding our students to recognise that our virtues are what constitute our character.
We are living the dream; to bring meaningful improvement to remedial families who experience the undulating impact of living a life within the constraints of a learning difference.
We appreciate the fact that remedial educators need to do more than talk about change. As education activists, we need to be the change. It is easy to talk about improving the remedial schooling experience of countless children on our continent, however actioning support to drive social and educational upliftment, remains a remedial gauntlet.
StepBEYOND School embraces this challenge wholeheartedly.
The African ‘Babies in the River’ parable captures the essence of our humanitarian intention:
To rescue students who may appear stranded at school.
One summer in the village, the people gathered for a picnic. As they shared food and conversation, someone noticed a baby in the river, struggling and crying. The baby was going to drown!
Someone rushed to save the baby. Then, they noticed another screaming baby in the river, and they pulled that baby out. Soon, more babies were seen drowning in the river, and the townspeople were pulling them out as fast as they could. It took great effort, and they began to organise their activities in order to save the babies as they came down the river. As everyone else was busy in the rescue efforts to save the babies, two of the townspeople started to run away, along the banks of the river.
“Where are you going?” shouted one of the rescuers. “We need you here to help us save these babies! Please, don’t go now, we have babies to save!”
After a long pause, a distant voice declared, “We are going upstream to find out why babies are falling in the water!”
Our approach to meaningful remedial change hinges upon the establishment of the root cause of the problem. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done; appreciating that a worthwhile solution may not appear obvious, or accessible. From this African fable, we understand that students may feel stranded at school, similar in comparison to the baby’s experience of floundering in the river. Of course, sadly it is easier to notice a floundering baby in a river than it is to observe a child floundering in a perfectly respectable classroom. Every child, in every context, deserves an equal opportunity of accessing quality remedial opportunities.
We are an inclusive, specialist, remedial education provider. StepBEYOND School welcomes all students, and their families, to our professional remedial education services.
Our school supports students to manage their underlying learning difference themselves, whether diagnosed, or not.
Our students are more than a label or diagnosis; they are unique individuals with specific needs, requiring learning support and management. Interpreting a diagnosis of special needs is important to us, however it is also important to emphasise that our understanding of the essence of a student enables us to provide the necessary education support. Our integrated strategy manages anxiety and develops happier students. We believe that a happy, relaxed and confident child, is a child who learns optimally.
We provide support to students with the following areas of diagnosed learning difficulty:
We offer a structured learning environment in which each student’s self-esteem is nurtured, and where mutual respect and courtesy are fostered.
We pride ourselves on flipping the classroom into something different that works to enable better personalised teaching and learning quality. Our students benefit from our innovative classroom design, which is a break from conventional thinking. Of course, we accommodate a maximum of 12 students, to ensure the optimum teacher-to-student ratio of 1:6 (two teachers:twelve students), in a class.
In addition to areas of diagnosed learning difficulty, we provide support to learners in the following historically validated, areas of learning difficulty:
Importantly, our school provides a SAFE, CARING and NURTURING environment to support students and their families. We want our students to reach their potential as functional members of society.
A supported student is an inspired student. We support our students to access a world of knowledge and content theory that would otherwise remain foreign.
Good quality remedial teaching, a skills-based approach and years of academic experience blend our modern curriculum into something that is truly amazing – a living and breathing curriculum that our students can relate to.
We strive to be a truly balanced education establishment; focusing less on outright academic achievement and focusing more on the classroom dynamism between student and teacher - paramount to StepBEYOND’s holistic approach to educating all students.
Our Grade 8 preparation option is popular Our Grade 8 preparation class offers a bridging solution for scholars that have completed Grade 7 and are not yet ready for Grade 8. It serves as an optional and well-structured opportunity for recapping and consolidating Grade 8 entry-level skills. This option provides reassurance to parents, who understand the importance of moving onwards and upwards to a high school environment, with the security of a safety net.
Parents love our approach – offering a more mature high school setting with the security, familiarity and structure of a primary school setting. Ssssh! This is the secret of our success. Please keep it under wraps, thanks.
An education at StepBEYOND High School prepares our students to leave school, confident in their abilities to progress to tertiary study or employment. We aim to encourage and support each student to manage their respective learning difficulty; developing the critical thinking and learning skills required, that will build on the success achieved, here at our school.
Our school curriculum subscribes to the guidelines and GDE (Gauteng Department of Education) legislated CAPS practice, in accordance with the DBE’s (Department for Basic Education) recommendation. The term CAPS is an abbreviation for Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. It is a revision of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) of 2012. The intention of CAPS is to provide operational standardisation in every school subject, in each grade. Each phase, and the respective grade grouping, have a single, comprehensive and concise policy document that provides details on what teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis.
Subjects offered in Grade 8, 9 and our Grade 8 Preparation Class:
Subject information upon completion of Grade 9
Subjects offered in Grade 10, 11 & 12 will dynamically reflect upon the strengths and interests of our students. This implies that our subject choice is planned to vary each year. This is in line with our remedial operational guidelines; to support all our students to the best of their respective ability.
The subject pool in Grade 10, 11 and 12 comprises:
StepBEYOND School Compulsory Subjects
StepBEYOND School Elective Subjects
We utilise a flipped timetable approach. This is an enhanced strategy which follows the success of the flipped classroom technique. Our approach to timetabling is modern and compliments our classroom 2.0 strategy. We do things differently to bring about the greatest difference to our children. Our timetable design uses applied research to yield improved teenager learning performance, general alertness and working memory function.
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A happy student is a productive student. We complement our academic programme of subjects with a balanced and modern pastoral programme. Yes, it is true, we teach happiness as a subject at our school. Our course is orientated towards our low-EQ students and those students requiring social awareness support. This is particularly relevant to our students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The EDU360 team considers happiness of mind and body to be an integral subject when navigating student perceptions of schooling and life.
Our flagship pastoral programme is elegantly titled, Wellbeing, and circles around the concepts of self and wellbeing:
‘Wellbeing is a dynamic state, in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community. It is enhanced when an individual is able to fulfil their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of meaning and purpose in their society’ (The Foresight Report, Government Office for Science: 2008).
Other words that are often associated with Well-Being, are ‘flourishing’, ‘thriving’ and the Greek word eudaimonia, which Aristotle used to denote happiness, or ‘the worthwhile life.’
Wellbeing at StepBEYOND School comprises 6 strands; every lesson, session, workshop or talk, links to one or more of these 6 aspects of what we believe wellbeing to be:
The legislated curriculum informs upon WHAT content all remedial schools may chart, however, and more importantly, HOW we apply the core and developmental curriculum components at StepBeyond School, distinguishes our service as being a quality remedial teaching and learning provider:
This prepares our students for the future with a 21st century mindset.
Our StepBEYOND strategy mix is exciting and innovative. Wow!
StepBEYOND School is a thinking school. The cognitive demands placed on our students, when navigating a rich and demanding subject area, are as important in a remedial setting as they are in a mainstream setting.
Our faculty makes all the difference – our remedial teaching practice avoids subjecting our students to ‘teaching-to-the-test’ type scenarios, and instead, encourages learning skills that offer an alternative to memorisation and rote-learning techniques.
Rich content subjects like Science, Mathematics and Geography feature complex problems with complex answers. We avoid short term assisted-learning strategies and prefer that all our students are supported to think more effectively for themselves, and are able to work collaboratively with their peers.
StepBEYOND School sets the gold standard in providing quality remedial teaching and learning opportunities in a high school setting.
We qualify this claim because we understand how to apply meaningful and robust differentiation of teaching practice during regular classroom lessons; and provide full-bodied accommodation during all assessment opportunities. Our students benefit from our exam approach because our formative, assessment concession style is extended to our summative exam opportunities, in term 2 and term 4.
The EDU360 Educational Psychologist may provide an accommodation opinion that offers concession, or accommodation of assessment opportunities in validated scenarios, to support our students to perform academically to their potential. This is an important process and evidence should be collated from Grade 8 onwards. Importantly, concession applications for Grade 12 examinations should be submitted during the student’s Grade 11 year.
Concession and accommodation assessments are required by mainstream schools, remedial schools, education departments and examining bodies. Concessions and accommodations are usually granted once students have been assessed and been considered to perform reliably with reasonable evidence of an average, or greater, intellectual ability. This finding usually occurs in combination with a significant, long-term learning difficulty, which may compromise regular examination performance.
The following concessions (arranged alphabetically) may be granted for examination periods. Please be aware that there is no established precedent and that results vary considerably:
The EDU360 faculty encourages our students to find their voice. The values, opinions, beliefs and cultural backgrounds of our students, shapes our approach to supporting our students to become thinking, engaged members of our learning community. StepBEYOND students are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal learning performance. #accountability
@StudentVoice #EDU360 acknowledges that students have unique viewpoints on learning, teaching and remedial schooling. Our students have the opportunity to shape their personal education experience. @StudentVoice encourages students to actively participate in their school community, contributing to decision making processes and collectively, influencing outcomes by putting forward their personal or collective view, concerns and ideas. @StudentVoice emboldens students to engage, participate, lead and learn #EDU360. #learningisfun #schooliscool #futureleaders
Comparison of student experience
We have compiled a snapshot comparison from student data. This table contrasts our specialist school and our vocational academy with a typical mainstream school experience. No specific school is identified or compared – this data is a reflection of our collective student voice; valued members of our remedial community.
We invite you to visit the StepBEYOND School campus to experience our fit-for-purpose facilities, first hand.
Our monthly Open Days make visiting our campus a productive and relaxed affair. Visiting our campus will give you a sense of the professional culture, course programmes, education services and nurturing student life supported within the campus. Our tours offer you a chance to engage with current students and practitioners, sit in on classes, and even sample our healthy, family friendly coffee and snack selection from our cafeteria; or grab a hot meal from the cafeteria on the ground floor.
Our helpful receptionist will point you in the right direction.
This offers you an excellent base from which to take full advantage of all our education options on offer at our Rivonia campus. Rivonia is a suburb of Sandton and features a cosmopolitan mix of tech, insurance and publishing companies. Sandton is one of Africa’s leading cities and offers work experience and networking opportunities to all EDU360 students.
Our smart classroom design is flexible and mobile to respond to the needs of students who require an alternative classroom layout.
Importantly, our minimalist classroom design encourages students with ADD and ASD to remain on-task and distraction free, for as long as possible. All our rooms feature equipment and furniture that is mobile to enable our teaching approach to match the needs of the students – not the other way around.
We offer a single level, wheel-chair friendly environment. Direct parking with easy access, is available from the main carpark. Please ask a faculty member for assistance.
The scale and multi-sensory dimensions extend beyond what is possible to provide in the classroom. The playground provides a lens into the complexity of the everyday world. This project offers a continually changing environment, inviting students to explore on their own, and to interact socially. It encourages physical movement, and the stillness that comes with close concentration and reflection. It stimulates curiosity and questioning, and reinforces knowledge already gained. It is where many students in the city most closely encounter the urban outdoors.
StepBEYOND students learn and flourish when connected to the urban outdoors:
The overarching aim of EDU360, our parent company, is to provide quality remedial education experiences to all our students.
This translates into actionable learning at StepBEYOND School that is accessible, flexible and wrapped-around the specific needs of each of our students.
Our teaching is purposefully geared to match the specific learning performance of our students. Students with a formal or informal diagnosis of ADD, ASD, Dyslexiaand Dyspraxia, are proven to benefit from our teaching practice (just ask any of our parents or students). Our remedial teachers are trained to observe and assist our students where it matters most – in the classroom.
Our quality wrap-around student support is nurturing and integrative – our students benefit from our structured approach:
This table shows the complementary nature of our services – we are truly integrated. Our school and support services fit
Key to this effort are the relationships formed between teachers, facilitators, practitioners, clinicians and students, which are carefully cultivated by our faculty.
Stepbeyond’s counseling team includes one full-time and one part-time psychologist. The team also includes one Speech Therapist and one Occupational Therapist. The entire process is monitored and guided by our Lead Psychologist.
Our Educational Psychologists support our faculty members, to support our students who have been identified as potentially qualifying for special services. Importantly, they monitor the progress of identified special needs students and plan academic and socio-emotional interventions.
Social, emotional and attitudinal counselling
We recognise that our students may require therapeutic support when there is some concern around the individual's ability to manage their emotional functioning, to a relevant and appropriate degree. Our clinical therapy provides a safe space for scholars, students and parents to explore their emotional challenges and life experiences.
Our counselling service supports the entire remedial student population. Importantly, regular counselling sessions support our students to overcome challenges specific to their learning difference. This promotes improved student social awareness, leading to better-quality choices that foster success. This may include helping students resist drugs or alcohol and other peer pressure or anxiety inducing compilations. An important component of EDU360’s success is our regular consideration of activities supporting the social skills development of all our students.
Play is a useful medium of expression. Most scholars and students use play activities and a variety of play styles to communicate. Play is relaxing and provides the therapist with access to the child’s world. During therapy, the therapist will try to better understand the child's experiences, feelings, needs and desires, through the medium of play.
Concessions, allowances and accommodations for exams
We consider the assessment of our students with a learning difference to be a serious matter. A formal accommodation determination implies that the examination condition shall been modified so that a student with a learning difference is positioned in a neutral space, and can fairly demonstrate their subject knowledge.
Briefly, accommodations in the classroom and those in assessment situations tend to fall into 4 categories of change:
This supports our philosophy of providing real 360-degree care to all our students. A psycho-educational assessment supports and informs our quality remedial teaching at StepBEYOND High School. Following a holistic assessment, we are able to discuss a specific student's strengths, challenges and make appropriate clinical recommendations. The EDU360 approach is geared towards providing a wrap-around support network that is relevant to each of our student’s needs.
Speech and language therapy
Our Speech and Language therapist provides a pivotal intervention service that focuses on supporting and improving our students’ speech performance, and their respective ability to understand and express language, including nonverbal language. This service is an essential component of our integrated remedial school offering.
Our occupational therapy supports StepBEYOND students experiencing a variety of learning difference and associated complications. Our intention is to help and support our students to continue their appropriate life skills development, work skills and leisure activities, as independently as possible.
EDU360 is your preferred school provider for remedial education. We offer an innovative high school programme for moderate to high-functioning adolescents who have not reached their potential in more traditional school settings. Our integrated programme of support provides every student with individually formulated remediation in a structured and respectful environment.
Due to the specialist SEN (Special Education Needs) nature of our School, it is important that the EDU360 faculty establish the true extent of a student’s specific learning requirements. The faculty will make every effort to ensure that every child who is offered a place with us is positioned to benefit from our offering, and equally important, we would like that every child is suitably comfortable within our learning environment. To this end, we require a thorough application process.
Step Complete and submit an Application Form
Step We will contact you for an appointment
Step Complete an Enrolment Form and pay the Enrolment Fee
|Application Fee||R750||(Once off)|
|Enrolment Fee||R15 000||(Once off)|
|Tuition Fee||R119 700||(Annual)|
|Stationery Fee||R1 700||(Annual)|
All students require a personal laptop with Windows 10 activated (Professional is better than Home version). EDU360 will supply ‘Office 365 for Education’ to each student during their tenure at our school.
Personal stationery costs are not included in the school fee structure. A supply of pens, coloured pencils, ruler and highlighters are essential and remain the responsibility of the individual student.
General stationery is included in the school fee structure. This includes printing, whole-school stationery provisions and examination materials.
Option 1 - Annual
(before 10th January 2018)
Discount = 4%
R119 700 – R4 788 (4%) = R114 912
Option 2 - Monthly
(over 12 months)
R9 975 x 12 = R119 700
All monthly tuition payments are payable in advance.
All costs are reflected below and apportioned equally for the period January to December 2018.
|Branch||Woodmead – 001255|
|Account No||420 101 160|
|Email Proof of Paymentemail@example.com|
StepBEYOND School is a registered service of EDU360 Integrated Remedial Education. The company is registered as a Non-Profit Company (NPC) and is certified as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO).
In line with our registration and parent constitution, we offer limited, part-funded opportunities to financially assist qualifying families to access our high quality remedial tuition.