The decision has been made to not run an external assessment as a first step for students applying to be part of the Balwyn High School SEAL program.
We have received a number of applications for the Year 7 SEAL class in 2021 and the applications have now closed. We will now review these applications and contact candidates for an interview time prior to 13 November. Please do not contact the school to check if you have been shortlisted for interview. If you do not receive an email regarding an interview time, you have not been successful and, if you have accepted an offer of enrolment to the school, we look forward to welcoming you into our mainstream program.
Information regarding the application process for our 2022 cohort of students will be posted on this page at the beginning of 2021. Interested families should regularly check the website for these details.
SEAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
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.