Gifted and Talented Academic Program

Ellenbrook Secondary College is one of 14 Western Australian public high schools offering a Department of Education approved Selective Gifted and Talented Education Academic Program. 2022 applications are now open.

The Gifted and Talented Selective Entrance Program offered at Ellenbrook Secondary College focuses on rigorous studies in Science, English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students benefit from being exposed to a differentiated curriculum designed to stimulate and develop the individual’s skills in inquiry, analytical and critical thinking, communication and creativity.

The academically focused learning environment is intellectually challenging and designed to motivate students to extend their knowledge, understanding and application and to enhance their learning skills for a lifetime of personal progress.

Our program will begin from 2021 and will be for Year 7 students. Students offered a place in this program will have scored highly in the competitive Academic Selective Entrance Test administered by the Department of Education.

PROGRAM ENTRY

For specific application dates and details on how to apply, please refer to the program’s official website: www.education.wa.edu.au/gifted-and-talented

In October, the Principal Consultants from the Department of Education Gifted and Talented Selected Unit provide a general information evening about the Selective Academic Program to Parents of Year 5 students.

Online registration for Year 6 Entry Test occurs between November and January each year. Students sit a 3-hour multi-choice and written test. All selections are made centrally by the Department of Education Gifted and Talented Selection Unit, the school has no role in the selection of students for the Gifted and Talented Program.

If students are not successful in the Year 7 intake, there is a provision for students to gain entry to the Gifted and Talented Program to commence in the Year 9 intake if vacancies occur.  The Gifted and Talented students will join mainstream classes in Years 11 and 12 but remain supported by various programs and initiatives.

TOP UP TESTING

There is a provision for students to gain entry to the Program after Year 6 if vacancies occur. Places are limited, usually only one or two places per year.

PARENT INFORMATION

In choosing Ellenbrook Secondary College’s Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program for your child, you will be joining a College community that is committed to ensuring your son or daughter is on a pathway to success at secondary school and beyond.

Gifted and Talented teachers have been selected through an expression of interest process, with a panel comprised of the Principal, Associate Principals Academic Performance and the relevant HOLAs.

Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator – Shaloni Naik: Shaloni.Naik@education.wa.edu.au 

  • Maths teacher – Andrew Foster
  • Science teacher – Andrew Montegomery
  • English teacher – Kim Jones
  • HASS teacher – Larissa Murfit

Please be aware that the College itself has no role in the selection of students for the program. This process is entirely done through the central office of the Department of Education WA.

Any questions about the program can be answered by either phoning (08) 9264 4307 or emailing gtsu@education.wa.edu.au