SEAL

Year 7 SEALP Class 2023

Students who have been offered a Year 7 placement at Williamstown High School will be provided with an opportunity to sit the Edutest examination for the 2023 Year 7 Select Entry Accelerated Learning class.

­­The Edutest date and link will be provided to all students in the Year 7 Placement Information letter. Prospective SEALP students may then use this link to register for the Edutest examination.

Any other questions can be directed to the SEAL Program Coordinator, Liz Lorenc, via email: seal@willihigh.vic.edu.au

Year 8 SEAL

There are currently no vacancies in the Year 8 SEAL class.

Should a place become available, more information will be posted on the school website.

Year 9 SEAL

There are currently no vacancies in the Year 9 SEAL class.

Should a place become available, more information will be posted on the school website.


edutest

Edutest contact information for parents

The Edutest office is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday for all inquiries. The phone number is: (03) 9014 1411 and email info@edutest.com.au for all other inquiries relating to the Edutest examination.



Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEALP) 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 high 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.

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:

  1. Students who have a confirmed placement in Year 7 and wish to apply for a SEALP class are required to register with Edutest for the SEALP entrance examination.
  2. Students will undertake the Edutest exam. Please note that application fee is non-refundable and participation in testing does not guarantee a place in the SEAL Program.
  3. The students whose exam results indicate that they have the potential range of skills for the program will be invited for an interview.

Final decisions will take into account all the information available.

How do I find out more?

For more specific details on the Select Entry Accelerated Program, enquiries should be made to:

Liz Lorenc
SEAL Program Coordinator seal@willihigh.vic.edu.au


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