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Pasadena High School will specialise in science, arts and basketball to boost enrolments and improve students services.

The school has partnered with the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) and Flinders University to create an improved curriculum.

Pasadena principal Wendy House said the changes, to be rolled out this year, would revitalise the Daws Rd school and secure its future.

“We’ve taken this as an opportunity to reinvigorate the school’s future and become a small by design and innovative school that offers highly-personalised learning,” Ms House said.

“We have an important job ahead of us, but we are up to the challenge and are looking forward to it.”

Under the arrangement, the schools and university will share resources, with Pasadena students studying some subjects off-site.

Pasadena’s Special Interest Basketball Program will be expanded to include an academy, which will be run in conjunction with Sturt Sabres, Basketball SA, ASMS staff and Flinders University.

Basketball SA chief executive Mark Hubbard looked forward to strengthening the program.

Australian Science and Mathematics School principal Susan Hyde said the partnership had the potential to be a model for other high schools wanting to modernise their curriculum.

Flinders University staff and students will research other ways to improve the school, as well as provide Pasadena staff learning and development opportunities.

Education Department partnership, schools and preschools executive director Anne Millard said Pasadena’s curriculum could be used in other schools.

“(It) will serve as a blueprint for broader curriculum transformation, in line with South Australia’s drive towards an innovation economy,” Ms Millard said.

Last year Pasadena voted to reject a merger with Unley High School.

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