The Bellarine Accelerated Learning Program
The AL program at Bellarine Secondary College provides a learning environment of like-minded students who have demonstrated that they have the learning capacity to progress through their learning at a faster rate than their peers.
The AL program is a fantastic opportunity for students who are ready to embrace the extra challenge this program brings.
Bellarine Secondary College’s DUX in 2018 was a former AL student who attributed much of her success to her experience in the AL program.
AL students again made up a large percentage of the top results from the College, with many receiving high ATAR scores. Most of the students who received the highest study score for their Unit 3&4 subject were AL students from either Year 11 or Year 12.
Regular assessment of Bellarine Secondary College AL students via the University of NSW ICAS tests has shown that students are achieving at the top level of education in Victoria at each year level.
What Does Acceleration Mean?
The Accelerated Learning Program allows students to progress through their secondary education faster, by providing challenging learning experiences that are more tailored to the needs of talented learners.
There is greater emphasis on higher order thinking and learning skills, independent learning and research. Course content is compacted so that a typical year 7-10 program is covered more quickly than normal without omitting anything. The accelerated program contains less repetition.
Enrichment is provided by broadening content, understanding, experience and skills to a level appropriate to the students’ stages of development. Extension leads to in-depth study and the integration and application of knowledge at a deeper level.
Students are accelerated in each of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Humanities, Science, Indonesian Language, The Arts, Digital and Design Technologies, Health and Physical Education.
Students will have opportunities to participate in the full range of co-curricular activities offered by the school including Inter-school Sport, Debating, Leadership Programs, Youth Advance, Student Government and the Camps program.
The range of co-curricular activities offered widens significantly as students enter middle and senior school to include the possibility of subject specialty camps such as Eco5 and Outdoor Education, Leadership Camps and overseas study tours.
The AL program is not for all students. It is both demanding and rewarding. It provides students with challenge and enrichment within a motivated and academic peer group. It entails a greater workload and depth of learning in the early years of secondary schooling. The AL program is suited to students who:
- Have a strong and positive self-concept
- Have high levels of creativity
- Have a high level of maturity and commitment
- Are motivated and capable of independent learning
The selection process for the AL program is designed to identify students for whom this type of program is appropriate. The selection process involves formal testing in the areas of:
- Mathematical skills
- Science reasoning
- Creative writing
We also take into consideration:
- Information from the applicant’s primary school
- Information from the applicant’s parent/s or guardian/s
- NAPLAN test results
Students will be asked to sit the ICAS GAT Test. The test will be conducted at the Drysdale Campus on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 from 1:30pm – 4.00pm.
An interview for the short-listed applicants will be held on Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th May, 2019 at the Drysdale Campus, following the results of the ICAS testing.
Applications for the Accelerated Learning Program are closed for this year.