The test for entry into the 2020 Year 7 SEAL class will occur on Saturday 18 May 2019 from 9am until 12.30pm. It will be held on site at Balwyn High School. Registrations will open on 4 February 2019 and will close on 8 May 2019.
The assessment used will be the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) which is an ACER instrument that focusses on higher-order, cross-curricular reasoning skills that are characteristic of gifted students. There is a Candidate Information Bulletin (free) available, as well as a HAST Sample Question Booklet ($25).
Note: All applications outside of the zone will be considered however, it is important to note that all placements are subject to the availability of accommodation. Where there are insufficient places at the school for all students who seek entry, students may be considered in order of closeness of their home to the school.
What is accelerated learning?
Education research shows that accelerated learning - the delivery of curriculum at a faster rate - matches the learning needs of academically gifted and talented students, who are quick to grasp basic concepts and are thus ready sooner to be challenged by the increased complexity that comes from advanced level curriculum. Accelerating the curriculum is shown to be twice as effective for gifted and talented students than conventionally paced teaching.
How does the program work?
Those students selected to join the program after testing and interview form a discrete class at years 7, 8 and 9. Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Humanities is accelerated, such that the students complete Years 7-10 in three years.
This allows students to undertake a three-year VCE, broadening the range of subjects they undertake and allowing them to complete more year 12 (Unit 3 & 4) studies than a mainstream student. As a result, SEAL students are in a position to calculate a higher ATAR score at the end of their VCE than are mainstream students. As part of this VCE program, some students undertake VCE Extension Studies which allows them to complete one or more university subjects.