Supporting our High Achievers through the Academic Extension Program
The Academic Extension Program offers high achieving students in Year 8 and 9 dedicated classes that seek to support them as they pursue greater depth and breadth in their key learning areas and aspire to excellence.
Academic Extension classes offer a faster pace of study in the acquisition of knowledge stage to enable students to focus on extending, refining and using knowledge meaningfully through the development of higher order thinking skills.
While all students need to be challenged, students in the Academic Extension Program work with like-minded peers and access extension activities that unpack the mandatory Year 8 and 9 curricula at a more sophisticated level.
Within the classroom context, students are encouraged in their creative and divergent thinking and take part in complex individual and collaborative problem solving.
Teachers of students in the Academic Extension Program meet regularly to share expertise, to feedback student progress, and to coordinate activities across the key learning areas. This ensures closer monitoring of student needs and allows teachers to discuss and plan for individual mentoring of students.
The Academic Extension Program acknowledges the need for differentiated curriculum and learning opportunities for high achieving students and provides a positive, challenging and supportive classroom environment in order to achieve this.