Year 9 SEAL Class 2020
In 2020 there will be a limited number of places available in the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) class in Year 9. Any student wanting to apply will need to sit an Edutest exam* on Wednesday 7 August. Registrations will be open until Tuesday 30 July for interested applicants. Please note if your child is a current student at Williamstown High School there will be information on your Compass news feed as the application process differs for your child.
If you have already sat an Edutest examination this year, you are still required to register and pay the fee. Applicants, who sat an Edutest examination prior to Friday 28 June this year, will also need to sit this exam. Results from examinations held earlier this year cannot be transferred.
Students who sat the Edutest exam for Select Entry Schools will need to sit the exam at Williamstown High School as it is a different examination.
The application process is as follows:
- Please register and pay the $100 registration fee using the following link: https://aus.edutest.com.au/D/?t=OK8YR1Z8
- Registered applicants will sit the exam on Wednesday 7 Augustat the Bayview St Campus.
- Candidates will be notified fromMonday 2 September if they have been successful in gaining an interview. An email will be sent to the email address provided during the registration process with Edutest.
- Interviews will be conducted from Monday 9 September.
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a portfolio with samples of work from each of their subjects that reflect their ability, as well as a letter of recommendation from one or more of their subject teachers and their most recent school report.
- Successful/unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email from the week beginningMonday 16 September.
- A transition program for successful applicants will commence at the beginning of November.
- Any technical questions regarding Edutest need to be directed to Edutest on (03) 9014 1411 or via their website.
- Any other questions can be directed to the SEAL Program Coordinator, Liz Lorenc, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edutest contact information for parents
Our job is to make your testing life easier! When parents have inquiries about the application and testing process that are not specific to your school, please do direct them to us!
Our office is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday for parent inquiries. The phone number is: (03) 9014 1411.
Naomi, Heidi, Rose, Kim, or Kate will be happy to help.
In addition we have a number of online help options.
ONLINE PRACTICE TEST HELP DESK
- if you did not receive your Practice Test login details
- if you cannot log into the practice test questions
- general inquiries about our online practice tests
ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP & ENTRANCE EXAMINATION REGISTRATION HELP DESK
- If you wish to find out more information about how the Edutest process works
- if you have questions about how to apply online for a scholarship or entrance examination
- if you did not receive an email receipt after you applied online to sit a scholarship or entrance examination
- if you cannot complete the online registration form
FOR ALL OTHER INQUIRIES
Any request for remote testing must be emailed to email@example.com by the Sunday PRIOR to the school’s examination date.
It is not possible to make arrangements for remote online testing in the week leading up to the examination.
Remote online testing incurs an additional fee.
Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL Program) for Students of Exceptional Academic Ability
Williamstown High School provides a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program for students who have exceptional academic ability.
The program began in 1999 with a Year 7 intake and extended to Years 8, 9 and 10 in the following years. The program builds on the highly successful acceleration program that has been available at VCE level for some years now.
Places are made available for students of exceptional academic ability, and entry to this program is based upon competitive testing and sustainability interviews. Victorian Government secondary schools have been operating specific programs at authorised schools for gifted students since 1980. We are one of the selected schools. These have been known as Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) schools. The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (TAASS) has been established to maintain this tradition to enable groups of likeminded students to develop academically, socially and emotionally. Please refer to the SEALP page for specific enrolment information.
What does acceleration mean?
The accelerated program provides an opportunity for students to progress more quickly through secondary school and to undertake challenging learning experiences, which are tailored to meet the needs of students capable of outstanding academic achievement. There is a greater emphasis on higher order thinking and learning skills and independent learning and research. Course content is compacted so that a normal year 7 – 10 program is covered in a 3-year period via a comprehensive and specific SEAL Program curriculum. Enrichment is provided by broadening content, understanding, experience and skills to a level appropriate to the students’ stage of development. Extension leads to in depth study and the integration and application of knowledge at a higher level. Students can begin to undertake some VCE units at Year 10 level in order to provide them with a sixth and/or seventh subject. Exemplary students may have an opportunity to complete a first year university subject in Year 12.
How will it work?
Students whose families wish them to enter the accelerated learning program will be required to participate in a selection process. Those students who are accepted into the program will be grouped together in one homegroup when entering Year 7 and will remain with that homegroup until the end of Year 10 (provided they continue to meet the academic requirements of the program).
What will be the curriculum?
Students in the SEAL Program will take the same subjects as all other students in their year level. The difference will be in the complexity of the work and the rate at which it is completed. At Year 7, students also participate in the Instrumental Music Program for a semester.
The SEAL Program group will undertake studies in the following subjects as a homegroup: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Technology-based subjects and Homegroup.
What is the selection process?
The selection process is in three parts:
- Prospective students are required to apply online by the closing date.
- Students will undertake the Edutest exam. The application fee is non – refundable.
- The students whose exam results indicate that they have the potential range of skills for the program will be invited with their parents for an interview during June (for the Year 7 intake) and October (Year 9 intake).
Final decisions will take into account all the information available. Parents/Guardians will be advised of the outcomes by the end of August for the Year 7 and 9 intakes, respectively.
How do I find out more?
For more specific details on the Select Entry Accelerated Program, enquiries should be made to:
SEAL Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Possible Pathways for Students in the SEAL Program at Williamstown High School
Pathways within the program will be determined collaboratively and will be based on student’s performance, teacher recommendations and parent / student wishes.
|Year||Regular School Program||Accelerated Learning Program|
|Mainstream||Accelerated with Extension||Full Acceleration|
|2025||VCE/VET||Units 3 & 4||VCE and (as appropriate) first year university subjects in Tertiary Enhancement program||Units 3 & 4 and 1st year university||Tertiary Studies eg 1st year university|
|2024||VCE/VET||Units 1 & 2||*VCE||Units 1,2,3 & 4 as relevant||Full VCE||Units 1 & 2|
|2023||Year 10||10.0||Some VCE and some SEALP Year 10 subjects||11.0||Full VCE||Units 1 & 2|
|2022||Year 9||9.0||SEALP Year 9||10.0||SEALP Year 9||10.5|
|2021||Year 8||8.0||SEALP Year 8||9.0||SEALP Year 8||9.5|
|2020||Year 7||7.0||SEALP Year 7||8.0||SEALP Year 7||8.5|
Each year we shape our homegroups to meets the needs of a particular cohort and school community as a whole. For example:
In 2019 we have 11 homegroups in Year 7:
1 SEALP homegroup
10 Co-educational homegroups
In 2018 we had 10 homegroups in Year 7:
1 SEALP homegroup
1 Girls Only homegroup
8 Co-educational homegroups
In 2017 we had 10 homegroups in Year 7:
2 SEALP homegroups
1 Girls Only homegroup
7 Co-educational homegroups
In 2016 we had 10 homegroups in Year 7:
2 Girls Only homegroups
1 SEALP homegroups
7 Co-educational homegroups