The Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) for our 2021 Year 7 intake, which was scheduled for 15th August 2020, has been postponed.


Parents and caregivers who have registered for HAST, and who would like their child to take part in the test later in the year, do not need to take any action at this point. Families will be contacted well in advance of the new date.


Parents or caregivers who have registered and no longer wish to take part in the test, should contact ACER (


We are looking forward to recommencing the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) selection process later in the year and thank families for their interest in Balwyn High School and particularly the SEAL Program.


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.


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.