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“Given a concrete problem, whatever it may be, the solution is to study it well and then to act conscientiously, with personal freedom, and with personal responsibility as well.” St. Josemaria Escriva

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Ownership of Learning

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Rosemont students meet high academic standards, year-after-year.

They succeed because Rosemont uses a unique approach to education. Teachers and parents work together to teach students how to:

  • Take ownership of their education, and their future.
  • Set goals, and devise strategies for meeting them.
  • Accept responsibility, and work hard to achieve.

What is ownership of learning?
A student who takes ownership of their learning becomes a driving force in their own education. They direct their learning, and they take it upon themselves to work hard when necessary. They assume responsibility for their own work without needing to be persuaded to do so. Rosemont has found that this is an extremely valuable quality to learn early in life.

How Rosemont teaches ownership of learning
This is taught through five key channels: individual coaching, parent-teacher partnerships, subject-specific assessment, school-wide culture and career coaching. These aspects of a Rosemont education work together to ensure outstanding academic achievement for students.

Coaching
Rosemont's educational coaches have two main goals: enquire and encourage. They start with asking questions: what achievements does the student take pride in? Where do they have room for improvement? What does success mean to them? What is their most challenging class? What would be their ideal grade?

Next, coaches encourage, still using a line of questioning that leads students to important discoveries; what would it take to achieve a particular goal? Would extra study ensure success? What else could the student do?

The student directs the goal setting and devises their strategies for success. While coaches are committed to the success of each of their students, they maintain an objective perspective.

By being their own boss, students get excited about their plan and work hard at achieving their goals. An educational coach helps to keep them on track, and is there to suggest solutions.

Through regular meetings coaches provide students with the opportunity to evaluate and re-evaluate the progress they have made on their goals, and devise new strategies for success.

Coaches also work with students on career-focused planning and goal-setting. All students are encouraged to research their options and set long-term educational and career goals. 5th and 6th year students in particular are directed to the resources they need to make decisions about careers and third-level education.

Teachers, parents and past pupils have seen this unique coaching approach brings out positive, adult qualities in students.

Parent-teacher partnerships
A critical piece of Rosemont's unique approach is a successful partnership between a student's parents and their teachers. Read more.

Subject-specific assessment
The assessments students receive are progress-based so that students always know what it would take to reach a little higher. Grades are provided with clear, point-by-point feedback on what is needed to turn their work up a notch.

Teachers of specific subjects also work with students' parents and educational coaches to ensure student success in each individual subject area. By working together, parents, teachers and students can share key information needed to assist the student in achieving their goals.

Frequent evaluation at the class level also gives the student a chance to regularly reflect on their progress individually and with their educational coach.

School-wide culture
Rosemont embraces a culture of challenge and innovation. Our students are always striving further, and working hard to do their best both academically and in extra-curricular activities. Sixth year prefects take on legitimate roles of authority, and senior students demonstrate to younger students what can be achieved through self-determination and hard work.