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Academic Excellence program for Year 8 and 9 Students
 
The Academic Excellence program began in 2015 and involves high achieving students in year 8 and 9 being enrolled in Academy classes in Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities. The goal of this program is to extend our top 10% of students and enable them to meet their potential and achieve at a high level.
 
Students participating in this program will:
  • Be provided with differentiated learning tasks designed to extend high ability students
  • Be invited to attend academic enrichment activities and excursions
  • Have the opportunity to compete in competitions and challenge days.
 
Selection in this program is based on:
  • Academic achievement in year 7 and year 8 in the core subjects of Mathematics, Science, English and History/Geography.
  • Achievement in diagnostic testing (NAPLAN, PAT-Maths, PAT-Reading and PAT-Science)
  • Input from classroom teachers
 
It is expected that students who are participating in this program will:
  • Maintain high standards of academic achievement and behaviour
  • Participate in academic excellence activities
  • Keep up to date in all classwork, assignment work and homework
  • Challenge themselves to achieve their potential
 
The school is providing professional development for teachers on academy classes so they:
  • Understand the attributes of gifted learners
  • Are able to provide strategies to cater for gifted students
  • Can design learning tasks and assessment items which extend high ability students
 
Each year selected students from year 9 academy classes have been enrolled in accelerated programs so that they complete one or two year 11 subjects along with the usual year 10 subjects.
 
If you have any questions about the Academic Excellence Program, please feel free to contact Mr Chris Meagher Science HOD, cmeag4@eq.edu.au 3442 3747