Ascham School is an independent, non-denominational, day and boarding school for girls, located in Edgecliff, an Eastern Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Established in 1886, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently has approximately 1000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 100 boarders from Years 6 to 12.
Ascham is one of the few schools worldwide to follow the 'Dalton Plan', an educational philosophy created by Helen Parkhurst in 1916. The 'Dalton Plan' aims to produce independent and confident leaders.
The basis of Dalton is an independent, self-directed, assignment-based learning. The aim is to facilitate independent thinking, the development of research skills and creativity. The individualised instruction considers the needs of the student and provides her with a structure to control the pace at which she progresses. Students receive weekly assignments and a proportion of lesson times is spent in 'studies' or conversations with each other about progress in the week's work. It is the study which teaches the students to be responsible for their own learning, how to test ideas and ask questions in the language of that subject. Ascham's Dalton Plan allows flexible timetabling so that any combination of subjects is possible.
Ascham is a member of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools (Australasia), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, and the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).
Ascham is operated as a not-for-profit company. All funds must be used to benefit the school. This function is administered by the school's Council of Governors who are elected by the school's members.