A second chance. A focus on well-being and welfare. A hands-on approach.

A place where our students get to be themselves. Their BEST selves. That’s ECG College.

So, what is ECG College, exactly?

ECG is a small alternative secondary school that delivers hands-on, practical, empowering education for students aged 15-20.

We have real teachers, subjects and classrooms, but we go about teaching differently.

Our curriculum is focused on giving each student what they individually need to succeed. Our students graduate with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) qualification, which is equivalent to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

ECG is a small alternative secondary school that delivers hands-on, practical, empowering education for students aged 15-20.

We have real teachers, subjects and classrooms, but we go about teaching differently.

Our curriculum is focused on giving each student what they individually need to succeed. Our students graduate with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) qualification, which is equivalent to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

A second chance

We know that many students find mainstream school challenging. In our experience, this is usually a case of a young person being a square peg in a round hole. It’s hard to concentrate if you don’t relate.

It doesn’t mean that these students can’t do well in school. Often, they just need the right setting and support to thrive.

That’s where we come in. We welcome our students to come as they are and custom fit the curriculum to their needs to help them succeed.

We know that many students find mainstream school challenging. In our experience, this is usually a case of a young person being a square peg in a round hole. It’s hard to concentrate if you don’t relate.

It doesn’t mean that these students can’t do well in school. Often, they just need the right setting and support to thrive.

That’s where we come in. We welcome our students to come as they are and custom fit the curriculum to their needs to help them succeed.

Well-being and welfare

It’s tricky to focus on a maths lesson if your life is upside down. That’s why we have a robust support system, with Youth Workers on staff and regular, free, confidential access to professional counselling services on campus.

We actively work on addressing the things that make it hard to get to school or get the most out of a lesson, both one-on-one with individual students and within the classroom.

Our curriculum goes beyond traditional academics to incorporate sessions on self-esteem, confidence, resilience, problem-solving, mental health and coping skills, drug and alcohol education, mentoring programs, mindfulness, health and fitness.

It’s tricky to focus on a maths lesson if your life is upside down. That’s why we have a robust support system, with Youth Workers on staff and regular, free, confidential access to professional counselling services on campus.

We actively work on addressing the things that make it hard to get to school or get the most out of a lesson, both one-on-one with individual students and within the classroom.

Our curriculum goes beyond traditional academics to incorporate sessions on self-esteem, confidence, resilience, problem-solving, mental health and coping skills, drug and alcohol education, mentoring programs, mindfulness, health and fitness.

Hands-on

We have a flexible, innovative, hands-on approach to learning. We teach our subjects in a very practical way with a big focus on learning-by-doing.

Our classrooms could be workshops, studios, salons, hothouses, gardens, shopfronts or community spaces – or any other location that offers our students the best learning experience.

We deliver Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels. Learn more about VCAL here.

We have a flexible, innovative, hands-on approach to learning. We teach our subjects in a very practical way with a big focus on learning-by-doing.

Our classrooms could be workshops, studios, salons, hothouses, gardens, shopfronts or community spaces – or any other location that offers our students the best learning experience.

We deliver Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels. Learn more about VCAL here.

Pathways

Our practical approach helps students build skills, knowledge, experience, confidence and qualifications that enable them to graduate to work or further training in a subject they are passionate about.

Our practical approach helps students build skills, knowledge, experience, confidence and qualifications that enable them to graduate to work or further training in a subject they are passionate about.