Accelerated Curriculum & Enrichment (ACE)

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Program in Detail

St Helena believes in allowing students to discover how far daring to be excellent can take them. Our Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (ACE) Program caters for the educational needs of gifted and talented students, ensuring these students are engaged, challenged and supported to achieve their full potential. 

Self-directed gifted and talented students who are committed to excellence and College involvement are welcome to apply.

Eligibility is determined through a range of means including:

-University developed achievement tests (Reading Comprehension, Mathematical Reasoning and Abstract Thinking)

-Primary teacher assessment (collected by St Helena Transition Team)

-Student self-assessment

-Parent feedback and assessment

-An Interview

Program Features 

-St Helena runs one ACE class of 26 students commencing in Year 7.

-Students remain together through the first three years (i.e. Years 7 to 9).

-ACE students complete Years 7-10 curriculum in three years.

-An enriched VCE is completed over three years.

-It is possible to undertake a University subject (i.e. HEVS) in the final year of school (i.e. Year 12).

Program Objectives

-Develop and extend higher order, divergent and independent thinking; the capacity to problem solve, apply creative   solutions.

-Apply knowledge in prescribed and chosen areas of study.

-Connect learning across key learning areas and life.

-Motivation to engage with and develop interest in a wide range of studies and fields.

-Demonstrate excellence in contributions to the school and broader community.

-Develop socially and emotionally through the growth of scholarly habits, social interaction and psychological health.


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