SECOND LEVEL (HIGH SCHOOL) OPTIONS

Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to 16 or until students have completed three years of second-level education.

The Irish education system is made up of primary, second, third-level and further education. State-funded education is available at all levels, unless you choose to send your child to a private institution.

Pre-school education is usually provided by privately funded childcare facilities or providers. The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. Some pre-school initiatives focused on children at risk are funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

Primary (first-level) education

Children do not have to attend school until the age of six but it is usual for children to begin school the September following their fourth birthday. Four-year-olds and five-year-olds are enrolled in the junior or senior infant classes.

 

The curriculum for primary education covers the following key areas:

Language, mathematics, social, environment and scientific education, arts education including visual arts music and drama, physical integration, social personal and health education.

Primary schools are generally privately owned by religious communities (or boards of governors) but are State-funded.

Second-level education

Second-level education is provided by different types of post-primary schools. That is, secondary, vocational, community and comprehensive schools. Secondary schools are privately owned and managed. In most cases the trustees are religious communities or boards of governors. Vocational schools are established by the State and administered by vocational education committees. Community and comprehensive schools are managed by boards of management of differing compositions.

 

Second-level education consists of a three-year junior cycle followed by a two-year or three-year senior cycle depending on whether an optional Transition Year is taken following the Junior Certificate examination.

Students generally commence the junior cycle at the age of 12. The Junior Certificate is taken after three years.

 

Transition Year follows the Junior Certificate examination. This year is free from formal examinations and allows students to experience a wide range of educational inputs, including work experience.

 

During their final two years in the senior cycle, students take one of three programmes, each leading to a State examination – the established Leaving Certificate, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme or the Leaving Certificate Applied.

 

The established Leaving Certificate is the main basis upon which places in universities, institutes of technology and colleges of education are allocated.

 

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme differs from the established Leaving Certificate in placing a concentration on technical subjects and including additional modules which have a vocational focus.

 

The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme has as its primary objective the preparation of participants for adult and working life through relevant learning experiences. These aim to develop the following areas of human endeavour: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical.

 

The Leaving Certificate Applied is not recognised for direct entry to third-level courses but it can enable students to take Post-Leaving Certificate courses.

Third-level education

Third-level education is made up of a number of sectors. The university sector, the technological sector and the colleges of education are substantially funded by the State. In addition there are a number of independent private colleges.

 

There are seven universities, which are autonomous and self-governing. They offer degree programmes at bachelor, masters and doctorate level.

 

The technological sector includes institutes of technology which provide programmes of education and training in areas such as business, science, engineering, linguistics and music to certificate, diploma and degree levels. The Department of Education and Skills has overall responsibility for the sector.

 

The colleges of education specialise in training for first-level teachers. They offer a three-year bachelor of education degree and a postgraduate diploma.

 

The training of second-level teachers usually involves completing a primary degree in university or other third-level institution followed by a one-year higher diploma in education. In addition, there are colleges of education that specialise in the training of second-level home economics teachers, teachers of religion and physical education.

An academic term or year abroad provides students with and invaluable opportunity for personal development, increasing cultural knowledge and awareness, and gaining confidence in using another language. Ireland has a long and prestigious tradition in providing first class secondary school education and one of the highest levels of university enrolment in Europe.

We offer full support for students on this programme. This academic year programme is open to students between 12-18 years and is available at a wide variety of private and public schools.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
  • Large range of schools to choose from

  • A large variety of locations

  • Public and Private schools

  • Single sex or Co- Educational

  • Full Support Service available for students under 18

  • 4 Months to full academic year

  • Homestay or Boarding available

 

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School – Private Quick Data
John Scottus School

John Scottus school offers a vision of education which gives young people the self mastery, strength of character and compassion to contribute meaningfully to the world around them. Central to the ethos of the school is character development through cultivating the life skills of stillness, mindful attention and enquiry.
Location: Dublin

Students: 140

Type: Private

Day/ Boarding : Day

St. Andrews College

Our school community numbers over 1,300 students, teachers and support staff, drawn from Ireland and 40 other countries. There is a distinctly international atmosphere in the school and, since 1984, we have been accredited by both the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Location: Dublin

Students: 900

Type: Private

Day/ Boarding: Day

Midleton College

Midleton College has been in existence as a boarding and day school for over 300 years. In that time the College has established and maintained a tradition of high academic achievement. This high academic achievement is combined with a holistic view of the educational, spiritual and personal development of each pupil.
Location: Cork

Students: 350

Type: Private

Day/ Boarding: Boarding

Holy Child School

This top secondary school for girls has excellent facilities both for the academic life of students and extra-curricular activities. Since the school’s foundation in 1947, Holy Child Killiney has become synonymous with educational excellence for girls.
Nurturing enthusiasm for learning and intellectual curiosity in a happy and caring environment.
Location: Dublin

Students: 338

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Day

Rockwell College

Rockwell College, a Catholic School, was founded in 1864 in the religious and educational tradition of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The School authority is committed to building a Christian Community of freedom and love which respects the rights and uniqueness of each pupil, as well as promoting respect for civil authorities and a concern and care for one another.
Location: Tipperary

Students: 550

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

(Boys Only)

Loreto Abbey Dalkey

Loreto Abbey, Dalkey is a Catholic, fee paying secondary school for girls located overlooking the sea at Dalkey, south Co Dublin. Teachers and staff know each girl individually and strive to provide each one with a rounded education. Students are provided with a wide range of curricular and co-curricular choices so each girl has the opportunity to achieve her potential and to enjoy being at school.
Location: Dublin

Students: 330

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Day

Rathdown School

Rathdown School, an all-girls institution founded in 1973, incorporates four original schools: The Hall, Hill court, Glengara Park and Park House. The amalgamation of Rathdown is comprised of a junior school and a senior school with a boarding department. Currently the junior school has 189 pupils, while the senior school has 312 students, 109 of whom are boarders.
Location: Dublin

Students: 325

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Kings Hospital

Founded in 1669 as The Hospital and Free School of King Charles II, The King’s Hospital was based in Dublin’s Queen Street for its first century before moving in 1783 to the noted Georgian building in Blackhall Place which is now the headquarters of the Law Society of Ireland.
Location: Dublin

Students: 720

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Alexandra College

Founded in 1866, Alexandra College set out to fulfil the need for advanced education for young women at a time when the prevailing system did not provide them with any opportunities for real academic involvement, or prepare them for any engagement in public, social or academic affairs.
Location: Dublin

Students: 471

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Villiers School

Villiers Secondary School is a co-educational, fee paying, boarding and day secondary school, located on the North Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland.
Founded under the will of Mrs. Hannah Villiers in 1821. The management and staff embrace and maintain the traditional values of the school and balance them with modern, state of the art education. The student body is multi-denominational and diverse, including students from Spain, Germany, France, Moldova and Russia.
Location: Limerick

Students: 609

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Notre Dame School

Notre Dame School was founded in 1953 by the Notre Dame des Missions Sisters.  The Congregation announced their intention to withdraw from education in Ireland in 2002.  The school is now operated by a charitable trust.  Notre Dame Trust Company has entrusted the conduct, management and financial administration of the School to a Board of Management, which oversea’s the running of the school.
Location: Dublin

Students: 200

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Day

Sligo Grammar School

Situated in the town of Sligo in the north-west of Ireland, Sligo Grammar School overlooks the banks of the Garavogue river. A town with a fine tradition of the arts and the home of the poet W.B. Yeats, Sligo provides an appropriate setting for a school which prides itself on a strong academic and cultural life.

The school is one of a small number of schools in the Republic of Ireland under Church of Ireland management, and is liberal and egalitarian in its outlook.

Location: Sligo

Students: 410

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Both

St. Columba’s School

St. Columba’s College is one of Ireland’s leading secondary schools and is particularly specialised in the provision of a high-quality boarding education for its pupils. Founded in 1843, and combining the best of traditional and modern architecture, the College occupies nearly 150 acres in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, overlooking Dublin Bay. Although the grounds have a rural ‘feel’, the College is only seven miles from the city centre and 30 minutes from the airport and principal rail and bus stations.
Location: Dublin

Students: 300

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Glenstal Abbey School

Glenstal is a seven-day boarding school for boys, run by the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick, Ireland. The fact that the school is associated with a living monastic community gives it a very special flavour. Glenstal is a place where a community of monks lives and gathers several times a day to praise God and hear his word, attentive for the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Location: Limerick

Students: 280

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Both

Dundalk Grammar School

The school is on a pleasant site, with mature trees and gardens, on the southern edge of Dundalk within five minutes’ walk of the railway station. The main building dates from 1817.  It houses offices, library, computer room, music and orchestra rooms, and student canteen. In 1999 the school bought adjacent land, containing the Old Louth Hospital. This magnificent, early nineteenth century building was refurbished and developed and opened in 2001 to provide first-class boarding accommodation for up to one hundred and thirty students.
Location: Louth

Students: 600

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Both

Blackrock College

Blackrock College, set in 56 acres of rolling parkland on the broad sweep of Dublin Bay, lies four miles from the city centre. Founded by the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1860, Blackrock is one of the Order’s five schools in Ireland and is run by the Congregation in close co-operation with a dedicated group of lay personnel.
Location: Dublin

Students: 600

Type: Private

Day/Boarding: Both

School – Public Quick Data
Kilkenny College

Kilkenny College, a Church of Ireland college, endeavors to offer an education of the highest standard and broadest range within the context of the development of its Christian, cultural and sporting heritages.  Each person who studies and works here is a valued member of the College community and is encouraged to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and the wellbeing of others.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 850

Type: Semi Private

Type 2 : Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding : Boarding

Newtown School

Newtown School is a Quaker co-educational school with over 200 years of history. They are located in Waterford City on a large green area campus which is about 2 hours from Dublin city. What makes Newtown School different from other schools is the fact that Quaker education is not only concerned with examination results, but with experiences that are not measurable.

Location: Waterford

Students: 300

Type: Semi Private

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Boarding

St. Leos College

St. Leo’s is an all girls catholic school located in the heart of Carlow town. They have a strong tradition of welcoming international students. They consistently perform strongly academically as well as in Art, Music and Sports. St. Leos was established in 1839 and has a long tradition of education in the Carlow area.

Location: Carlow

Students: 980

Type: Public

Type: Girls Only

Day/ Boarding: Day

St. Brigid’s School – Callan

St. Brigid’s school is located in Callan which is 15KM from Kilkenny city. It is an all girls offering an all round educational experience. They will open their new buildings in 2016. Previously a boarding school it is now a full day school.

Location: Callan

Students: 269

Type: Public

Type 2: Girls Only

Day/Boarding: Day

Presentation College – Kilkenny

The school promotes a positive and progressive ethos and endeavours to cater for the needs of their pupils and to develop their talents. They are also committed to providing a caring environment in which understanding and mutual respect is fostered. The school’s teachers are renowned for their commitment to working with and achieving the highest standards of success with students of every ability range.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 560

Type: Public

Type 2: Girls

Day/Boarding: Day

St. Kieran,s College

As the oldest secondary school in Ireland, St. Kieran’s College has a proud tradition of being central to the education of the people of the locality and the diocese of Ossory for over two hundred years. The school is set in extensive grounds close to the centre of Kilkenny City and currently serves the educational needs of over six hundred boys.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 600

Type: Public

Type 2: Boys Only

Day/Boarding: Day

Castlecomer Community College

Located in Castlecomer 18 kilometres from Kilkenny city, Castlecomer Community College is a community of learning in an environment of respect and commitment. All students who live in the school’s catchment area are welcome to participate in their learning experience in an atmosphere of openness and inclusion. Castlecomer Community College embraces the future.

 

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 610

Type: Public

Type 2: Co Educational

Day/Boarding: Day

Knockbeg College

Knockbeg College is an all boys, non fee-paying, voluntary Catholic secondary school owned by the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and approved by the Dept. of Education and Science. Located in a spacious, open, rural setting, all our students remain on campus during the school day with options for hot food service during the day and evening study until 8.00pm Monday to Thursday and 5.30 on Friday.

Location: Carlow

Students: 480

Type: Public

Type 2: Boys Only

Day/Boarding: Day

Athy College

Athy College is a multi denominational co educational second level school under the governance of Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board. Athy College welcome students of all faiths and none.

Location: Athy

Students: 450

Type: Public

Type 2: Co Educational

Day/Boarding: Day

St. Mary’s Academy CBS Carlow

St. Mary’s Academy is a voluntary, boys-only secondary school under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST). The school’s policy is to enhance the educational growth of its students in their intellectual, spiritual, social, artistic, moral and sporting development.

Location: Carlow

Students: 550

Type: Public

Type 2 : Boys

Day/ Boarding : Day

Coláiste Éamann Rís CBS Callan

Coláiste Éamann Rís is a Catholic secondary school for boys under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST). The school derives its ethos from the Edmund Rice tradition. The school’s rich ethos permeates all disciplines and every curricular activity. It strives for a community of students, teachers, ancillary staff and management which attempts to live by gospel values and recognises the dignity of each individual and works for for justice and peace in society.

Location: Callan

Students: 233

Type: Public

Type 2: Boys

Day/ Boarding: Day

CBS Thurles

Thurles C.B.S. was founded in 1816 by William and Thomas Cahill. It catered for both primary and secondary pupils and the School has a long standing academic reputation. It is the aim of our school to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual. Particular emphasis is placed on providing an appropriate balance between personal and social (including moral and spiritual) development.

Location: Tipperary

Students: 729

Type: Public

Type: Boys

Day/ Boarding: Day

Presentation Thurles

Since 1817 the Presentation Sisters have been involved in education in Thurles, where they have dedicated themselves to serving the community by providing primary and secondary education in the town. The Boarding school was established in 1914. Our Secondary School was built in 1970. Presentation Secondary School Thurles is a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls, operating under the Trusteeship of CEIST.

Location: Tipperary

Students: 642

Type: Public

Type 2: Girls

Day/Boarding: Boarding

Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed Thurles

Set in the leafy surroundings of Semple Stadium in Thurles, Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed is uniquely the only secondary school to provide a co-educational environment in the Thurles region. The school has been serving the community since 1928. It is the school’s ethos to offer a distinctive and innovative approach to each and every student’s education by providing a forward thinking programme of study.

Location: Tipperary

Students: 384

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

St. Josephs Spanish Point

The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929 and is now under the trusteeship of CEIST. Originally a girls boarding and day school, it became co-educational in 1977. Building developments have taken place over the years and most recently include a conference centre and a light filled atrium.

Location: Clare

Students: 279

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Borris Vocational School

The atmosphere within the school is purposeful and calm, reflecting maybe the architects’ vision of what a school should be like in use.  Borris Vocational school has come a long way since its inception in 1939; the past and present Principals and all associated with this fine school are justifiably proud of it, as can the community which it serves.

Location: Borris

Students: 506

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Carlow Vocational School

Carlow Vocational School believes that every student matters and offer a genuinely supportive environment where young people can learn and thrive. The school’s dedicated teaching staff provides pastoral and academic support in and out of the classroom and are always ready to help. Administration, staff and parents at Carlow Vocational School seek to promote a secure and caring community environment and a balanced curriculum which is student centred, with parents recognised as the first educators and teachers as facilitators of the learning process.

Location: Carlow

Students: 955

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Coláiste Eoin Hacketstown

Coláiste Eoin is regarded as one of the leading second level providers in County Carlow, serving the areas of West Carlow and East Wicklow. The School offers an exciting array of courses which provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the world of work, or for progression to higher education. Coláiste Eoin’s dedicated and experienced staff utilise innovative teaching methods to support students learning in the school.

Location: Hacketstown

Students: 233

Type: Public

Type 2 : Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding : Day

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach was founded in 1990 to provide second – level education through the medium of Irish for students in the area. The school operates under the auspices of Co. Carlow VEC. Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach is housed in a new modern building with classrooms servicing every subject’s needs. The college is equipped to a very high standard in most pleasant surroundings.

Location: Carlow

Students: 368

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Day

Presentation / De La Salle College Bagenalstown

Presentation De La Salle College is a Voluntary Secondary Catholic School. The school is part of the CEIST family of schools and its ethos is greatly influenced by the tradition of our two founding Trustees – Presentation Sisters and De La Salle Brothers. Presentation De La Salle College is a Catholic school and has a very proud tradition. Their ethos, as expressed in the CEIST Charter for Secondary Schools is one of providing an education that fosters human growth and development.

Location: Muine Bheag

Students: 596

Type: Public

Type: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Day

Presentation College Carlow

Presentation College is, by choice, a truly co-educational school. Its central aim is to prepare all of its pupils, girls and boys alike for the challenges, responsibilities and the experience of adult life. All members of the school community – pupils, parents, teachers and other staff – are held in very high regard and their dignity, worth and individuality is respected. The school strives to build a sense of community based on Christian values.

Location: Carlow

Students: 724

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Tullow Community School

Tullow Community School was established in 1978 from the amalgamation of the Brigidine Convent Secondary School, the Patrician Brothers Secondary School and Tullow Vocational School. It aims to provide a comprehensive system of post-primary education open to all the children of the community. The school is co-educational and multi-denominational.

Location: Tullow

Students: 633

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Coláiste Aindriú Secondary School

Coláiste Aindriú Secondary School (formally named Muine Bheag Vocational School) opened in 1963, being, until the establishment of the Gaelcholaiste in Carlow, the last second level school established by Co. Carlow V.E.C. This school has a long and very successful tradition of providing secondary, further education and training programmes of the highest quality in a caring and supportive environment. The school welcome students of all ages and abilities. The friendly, supportive and welcoming atmosphere in Coláiste Aindriú Secondary School will ensure that a student’s time with them will be both enjoyable and fulfilling.

Location: Muine Bheag

Students: 217

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Kilkenny City Vocational School

Kilkenny City Vocational School aims for the highest standard in all aspects of school life. The holistic development of our students is a strong priority in the school and it offers all students the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The school’s energetic, committed staff will ensure that every child has a positive and enriching educational experience.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 410

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Coláiste Cois Siúire

Coláiste Cois Siúire opened in September 1993, replacing the old Vocational School, to meet the second level educational needs for the South Kilkenny areas of Mooncoin, Kilmacow, Mullinavat, Piltown and Templeorum. The school, through a comprehensive education programme, aims to provide educational opportunities to meet the needs of each individual student. It is a non-selective school, enrolling pupils of the full ability range from all sections of the social strata.

Location: Mooncoin

Students: 145

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown

Coláiste Mhuire opened in September 1996, replacing the old Vocational School, to meet the second level educational needs for the North-West Kilkenny areas of Johnstown, Urlingford, Crosspatrick, Galmoy, Lisdowney and Freshford. Outdoors facilities include: 3 Basketball Courts, 2 Tennis Courts, and a full size GAA playing field, a state-of-the-art Astro Turf complete with Floodlights and modern dressing rooms.

Location: Johnstown

Students: 513

Type: Public

Type 2 : Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding : Day

Coláiste Pobail Osraí

Coláiste Pobail Osraí is part of a learning community seeking to achieve the highest level of education through the medium of Irish for its pupils. This journey is undertaken in an environment that encourages self-esteem and mutual respect. The challenge of education is undertaken in a supportive way that develops all the gifts of its students.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 209

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Day

Duiske College

Duiske College, founded in 1954, is a co-educational secondary school under the auspices of Co. Kilkenny VEC. It is situated on the border of Carlow and Kilkenny, in the centre of medieval Graignamanagh close to historic Cistercian Duiske Abbey.

Location: Graignamanagh

Students: 166

Type: Public

Type: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Day

Grennan College

In 1958 Thomastown Vocational school was built by Co. Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee. The school changed its name to Grennan College in 1996. The school underwent a major refurbishment programme in 2005 which means that the facilities now are the most updated and modernised. It’s a school which hasn’t stood still, it has always adapted and changed to meet the needs of the students of the changing world of work and, with its principal Mr William Norton and staff, faces the 21st century with the optimism and the enthusiasm to meet any new challenges.

Location: Thomastown

Students: 379

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/ Boarding: Day

Loreto Secondary School

Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny was opened in 1868 as a boarding and day school for girls. In 1984 the boarding section was discontinued. Since 1980, the main school building has been expanded on a number of occasions, providing more classroom space, science laboratories and a preparation room as well as a music/drama room. This school is one of nineteen Loreto Secondary Schools in Ireland. The Loreto schools share a common educational philosophy and maintain links through inter-school co-operation and extra-curricular activities.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 900

Type: Public

Type 2: Girls

Day/Boarding: Day

Meánscoil na mBráithre Criostaí – C.B.S Secondary School

The Irish Christian Brothers came to Kilkenny in 1859 and laid the foundation stone of a new school on the present site. The school was formally opened on 24th September 1860. Our extensive programme of extracurricular and co-curricular activities adds significantly to the life of the school, and helps to nurture the unique educational spirit and sense of harmony, respect and community which permeates all aspects of school life.

Location: Kilkenny

Students: 682

Type: Public

Type 2: Boys

Day/Boarding: Day

Scoil Aireagail

Ballyhale Vocational School first opened in 1959 when forty students were enrolled. In the new millennium, student numbers have increased significantly . Students competed in the Young Scientist with a number of category winners being achieved as well as many sporting achievements. Scoil Aireagail is committed to the educational welfare of its entire community. This includes staff, students, parents and the wider population it serves.

Location: Ballyhale

Students: 190

Type: Public

Type 2: Co-Ed

Day/Boarding: Day

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