Applying for the SEAL program
Applications are now open for entry into the Balwyn High School Selected Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program at Year 7 in 2018. Applications close Friday May 5, 2017.
For information about testing and to access Practice Tests, click here.
To apply for the Balwyn High School SEAL program in 2018, click here.
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.