This girls' school, founded in 1886, extends over approximately 3.3 hectares. A complete education is offered to girls from age four through to Year 12, with boarding facilities from Years 6 to 12.
Ascham encourages each student to play an active part in her own learning and, through taking responsibility for her progress, to become an independent learner ready for study at tertiary level. Ascham has one of the largest enrolments of country boarders in NSW and offers a number of scholarships each year.
Facilities: Modern classrooms, fully-equipped science laboratories, computer rooms, art rooms, music school, computerised library. Sporting facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts, and playing fields. Through its integrated computer network, Ascham provides students and staff with skills in key areas of application software and ongoing encouragement is provided to students to apply these skills in all learning areas. A well-appointed theatre allows girls the opportunity to develop useful stage management and technical skills, and also to take part in a variety of highly polished productions. The visual arts and design and technology departments have specialised teachers in ceramics, drawing, design, painting, and photography.
Electives Years 7 to 10: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Latin, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Visual Arts.
Electives Years 11 and 12: English and Mathematics to Extension 2 level, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Economics, Geography, Chinese (Mandarin), French, French Extension, German, German Extension, Latin, Latin Extension, Drama, Music, Visual Arts.
Sport: Saturday sports available for senior school students are softball, touch football, rowing, tennis, basketball, netball, hockey and water polo. In addition to Saturday sports there are a number of other extra-curricular activities students may participate in swimming, diving, athletics/cross country, sailing, dance, gymnastics, fitness, interschool snowsports and equestrian.
Extracurricular activities: Year 8 students attend Outward Bound. There are regular excursions to art exhibitions and to the theatre. Ascham also has orchestras, choirs, a residential music camp, dramatic productions and various clubs for example, chess, debating, Shakespeare, art, and mathematics enrichment. These are based on the work of particular academic departments.
Welfare and personal development: Girls are placed in small form groups (12 to 15 girls) with a form teacher, who closely monitorsthe academic progress and welfare of each girl. The girls are exposed to a variety of programs in which they are encouraged to focus on their ethics and moral values as well as their family and community relationships. A variety of opportunities to take leadership responsibilities abound. There are two parent/staff meetings scheduled for each form group per year as well as a parent/staff consultation day each term. The girls attend with their parents so that both parents and daughters hear the same information. A careers adviser provides assistance with work experience and career guidance and encourages involvement in community work and other activities.