Chatswood Intensive English Centre is the first step for high school students arriving from overseas and wishing to continue their education in New South Wales. Chatswood Intensive English Centre (IEC) is part of the network of Intensive English Centres provided by the NSW Department of Education and Training and is situated within the grounds of Chatswood High School.
The Centre's supportive multicultural learning environment encourages all students to feel at ease in their new country and to quickly acquire English language skills, before moving on to the wider experience of a secondary school.
Newly arrived students whose English skills are assessed as being insufficient for successful placement in high school classes attend the Centre to develop their language skills and prepare them for attendance at high school. Students attend five days a week during school terms.
The basic function of the centre is to teach the English skills necessary to successfully study the high school curriculum. As well as language classes, the programme includes language across the curriculum in the main high school subjects: Science, Maths, Geography, History, Living Skills, Art, etc. so that the subject language and concepts are developed. The programme also includes PE, Sport, Computer Skills, Music and Library. Excursions to places of educational benefit and interest are organised each term to help students settle into their new community.