Academic Extension

The college will operate an Academic High Achievers’ Program for Years 8 to 10 in the subjects of mathematics, English, science and society and environment. Students in these classes will all be high achievers and will be participating in a program of work that will extend and challenge their learning capacity. This will also provide very good preparation for those students wanting to achieve a high ATAR score for entry into a university course or further education.

Students will be selected based on their academic performance in a number of areas including NAPLAN, WAMSE, current academic progress and other relevant information. Students will be selected for their academic performance in individual subject areas and while many of the students are likely to be selected for all four subject areas some students may only be selected for one or more subjects. This will allow greater flexibility to add more students to this program.

Students in these classes are required to maintain standards above the Australian average, complete all assigned homework tasks to the best of their ability and maintain high behavioural standards. Students who fail to maintain these standards will be removed from the class or overall program.
 

Selection Criteria for Year 8 Academic High Achievers’ Class

Students will be ranked and final selection based on the following data:

  • Year 7 NAPLAN and WAMSE data (could include Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN)
  • Year 7 academic results and teacher judgements.
  • Attendance and behaviour data

The school administration and head of learning areas(HOLA) will determine which students will be invited to join the Academic High Achievers’ Program.

Once the classes have been created subject areas may then make individual adjustments to the students in their courses throughout the year, in consultation with the other subject HOLAs. Priority must be given to any new students who need to participate in all four courses and become part of the full Academic High Achievers’ Program. If no places are available then a waiting list will be created.
 

Selection Criteria for Year 9 Academic High Achievers’ Program

Students will be selected to continue from Year 8 in to Year 9 or new students added to the individual subjects based on the following key criteria. With the initial ranking determined from criteria one and further fine tuning based on the additional criteria items.

  • Ranking based on Year 8 grades achieved in mathematics, science, society & environment and English.
  • Overall progress across all courses based on the Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Teacher judgements and comments including attendance, Reporting to Parents attitude and behaviour attributes.
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Student interview

Once the classes have been decided subject areas may then make individual adjustments to the students in their courses throughout the year, in consultation with the other subject HOLAs. Priority must be given to any new students who need to participate in all four courses and become part of the full Academic High Achievers’ Program. If no places are available then a waiting list will be created.

Students from outside the state could be looked at on an individual case.
 

Selection Criteria for Year 10 Academic High Achievers’ Program

Students will be selected to continue from Year 9 in to Year 10 or new students added to the individual subjects based on the following key criteria. With the initial ranking determined from criteria one and further fine tuning based on the additional criteria items.

  • Year 9 NAPLAN and WAMSE Data and ranking based on Year 9 grades achieved in mathematics, science, society & environment and English.
  • Overall progress across all courses based on Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Teacher judgements and comments including attendance, Reporting to Parents attitude and behaviour attributes.
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Student interview

 

Identification of Students NOT Maintaining High Standards

Students that are not maintaining high standards of academic achievement and performance in one or more of the High Academic Achievers’ Classes can be identified through one or more of the following criteria:

  • Poor performance or achievement in 2 or more assessment items in a subject area.
  • Repeated incidents of assigned work not being completed to the best of their ability.
  • Deterioration of behaviour standards that impacts on their class performance and/or the performance of other members of the class.

Students will be identified for potential removal through the Secondary Senior Staff meetings. Heads of learning area are to present their concerns and the relevant criteria for identified students for consideration of commencing the review process.
 

Review Process and Removal from Class or Program

The following procedures should be implemented when looking at reviewing student placement in a class or the program.

  • Identify student(s) to be reviewed and discuss intention at Secondary Senior Staff meeting.
  • A letter will be sent home from the relevant subject area(s) indicating the areas of concern that have been identified and how this may constitute a breach of the conditions for maintaining a position in an individual class or the High Academic Achievers’ Program.
  • The student will be given a period of one month to show improvement prior to any further review.
  • A meeting with the parent and student will be arranged to explain the circumstances and make sure that they understand the requirement to improve and the impending removal from the class or program if this can not be achieved.
  • Where deemed appropriate an Individual Documented Plan for Improvement can be developed for the student.

Removal of a student from one Academic High Achievers’ Class does not mean the student will be removed from other classes unless there are similar performance issues.
 

Mid Year Review

At the conclusion of Semester One all student positions in the Academic High Achievers’ classes will be reviewed with reference to Semester One reports. This will provide opportunity for additional students to be added to classes if room is available.