As the end of its fourth year of operation, the Central West Leadership Academy continues to grow from strength to strength.
The academy is a 21st century skills school with a drive for character development focusing on grit, tenacity, determination, self-regulation and responsibility for one's own learning.
"The school recorded excellent results in several areas this year," principal Mandi Randell said.
"The 2021 NAPLAN school average scores were all in the top 2 bands across all years across for all subject levels.
"Beyond traditional academic measures like NAPLAN, the school has achieved several outstanding results.
"The year 9 da Vinci Decathlon team came second in the state this year, a first for a high school west of the Blue Mountains.
"The year 8 team came 10th. Further, Academy Future Problem Solving teams had excellent results at the national finals this year in all three categories.
"The Global Issues Problem Solving team came 9th in Australia out of 247 teams."
The academy also had entries in two other events.
Academy student Noah Randell came second place in Australia for his futuristic scene creative writing and will represent Australia at the International Finals in the United States in 2022.
The Community Problem Solving Team came first in Australia and will also travel to the US in June to represent AU at the international finals.
"It has been an amazing year of successes in very challenging times," Ms Randell said.
"We have shown on a variety of measures that we are able to cultivate Dubbo's high potential students to be among the best at the state and national levels." The academy is opening a year 1, 2 and 10 class in 2022 with plans to expand into years 11 and 12 in subsequent years.
The academy is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate, a highly sought after high school credential for university bound students. The IB diploma program at the academy will be the first IB program offered west of the Blue Mountains and will bring a world class quality high school program to local students for a fraction of the cost to board.
Ms Randell says, "the IB program will bring a high quality option for local kids that will appeal not only to uni bound local students but to tree changers who are after this program that is currently only offered at elite private schools in Sydney".
"The 'six Cs' of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, character, citizenship and communication are the fundamental skills we need our kids to have to face the challenges of an ever evolving globally interconnected future."