Ask RiotACT: Narrabundah vs Canberra College?

Lana The Sick Lad 16 October 2018 5
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Hi, Rioters,

I’m planning to transfer into the International Baccalaureate program in yr 11 as I plan on going to University in NY for Art and Animation, and I’m stuck!

Does anyone have any tips for choosing between Narrabundah College and Canberra College?


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5 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Narrabundah vs Canberra College?
Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 7:39 am 19 Oct 18

Unless your in area or have specific reasons for going out of area it will be hard to get in- needs to be about the specific courses the college is running

Blen_Carmichael Blen_Carmichael 11:03 am 17 Oct 18

Hello Lana. I strongly urge you not to go to Canberra College. I spent two wasted years there. My graduation certificate notes euphemistically that I ranked in the ‘Top 80 per cent’ of graduates. If only I’d gone to Narrabundah College. Of course, it was Phillip College then, we had ASAT tests, and I spent more time in the Phillip Amusement Centre acing ‘Dragon’s Lair’ than I did in the classroom. Good luck with your endeavours – you sound a lot more committed than I was at your age.

Rohan Rodrigues Macias Rohan Rodrigues Macias 6:47 am 17 Oct 18

Just FYI if your planning on going to university in the US whether you do an IB or ATAR makes next to no difference as you’ll most likely have to sit an SAT or ACT regardless, not to mention that the IB can be far harder to do well in as you’re marked against a standard as aposed to everyone else. But if your dead set on it Canberra College actually stopped offering the IB last year due to low enrollments, although it has better facilities and is asbestos free unlike Narrabunda. Anyway unless you have a car, location is by far the biggest factor. Hope this helped.

Nicole Drentin Nicole Drentin 12:14 am 17 Oct 18

Definitely consider what subjects each school offers, and what you want to choose. You’re going to need to be interested in the subjects you select for each stream, as the IB is pretty intensive. This goes in particular for the subjects you choose to study at the Higher Level in Year 12! Also look at what each school offers in terms of helping you meet your Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) hours. If they offer different activities to help you complete your hours, it’ll really make things easier for you. You might also want to ask about the average score for each school, and maybe even the dropout rate - a high dropout rate might mean students aren’t connecting with the teachers, or are struggling with how the coursework is being taught.

Virginia Lo Virginia Lo 11:01 pm 16 Oct 18

Consider what subjects wants to study. Narra has a wide range of subjects on offer as it is a HUGE college (around 900 students from memory).

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