ACADEMIC EXTENSION PROGRAM
Please note that this is the second round of applications and there are not many places available.
Round 2 Applications close Friday 26 July 2019
Round 2 Testing Day is Friday 2 August 2019
Balcatta Senior High School is committed to providing opportunities for academic extension and enrichment for high achieving students. At the core of one of our school values, “excel”, is the desire to keep all students engaged in active learning where they strive to achieve excellence in all aspects of their schooling.
We offer a selective entry academic extension program that encourages students to strengthen their critical and creative thinking, problem-solving skills and higher order thinking. The program brings together like-minded, high achieving students to accelerate their learning across all learning areas. Students are exposed to problem-based and co-operative learning strategies that provide stimulation and challenge to each learning experience.
The academic extension program also provides students with the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities designed to maximise their achievement across a wide range of skills. These programs include participation in the Western Australian Debating League, the Maths Olympiad program and ICAS testing - designed to reward and recognise student achievement.
The Academic Extension Program offers:
- the acceleration of students through the standard Western Australian Curriculum.
- extension and enrichment opportunities across Mathematics, English, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences (MESH) subjects with a specific focus on developing students’ creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- the opportunity for students to work as a team with like-minded peers.
Selection into the Program
To apply for the Academic Extension Program, parents must supply the following information:
Most recent school report
Year 5 NAPLAN results
Primary teacher’s recommendation form
Students are then invited to a selection day during which they sit an aptitude test and participate in problem-solving and creativity activities.
Students’ selection into the program is based on all aspects of their application, including their performance on the selection day.
Structure of the program
Students in the program are placed in the same MESH classes where students work towards mastering the Western Australian curriculum and take part in enrichment activities that will provide them with the opportunity to explore the content more deeply and further develop their higher-order thinking skills. Students will also, where appropriate, be exposed to content from further year levels.
In addition to shared MESH subjects, students are also placed in the same Mentor class, which meets once a week. This class time is used to work on academic enrichment projects, challenges and competitions.
As part of the Academic Extension Program, all students will participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) tests in Science, Writing, English and Mathematics. This provides important information about student performance and learning.
This program commences in Year 7 and continues throughout Year 8 and Year 9.
To maintain placement in the program, students must uphold a high standard of academic achievement and behaviour. Students’ performance will be evaluated at the end of each semester.
Please download the application form below.