About the Program

The Academic Extension Course (AEC) at Melville Senior High School offers students from Years 7 to 10 an extremely diverse range of extended academic opportunities to match a child’s excelling academic potential. The program is broken down into two sectors, Mathematics and Science being sector one and English and Humanities & Social Science being sector two. These categories are separated as so because the skill sets required for achieving excellence are similar across the two subjects as categorised. For example, to excel in both English and Humanities, a student often shows highly advance analytic skills and a progressive writing style. Students identified as being academically gifted can be accepted into one sector, or both depending on skills level, grades, and overall attitude to the learning environment. Students in the Academic Extension Course study each of their core subjects together for four hours each week.

Academic Extension students make up the top mainstream class in each year group. The program aims to extend and challenge students whilst still progressing with course topics in accordance to curriculum and preparing students for senior school tertiary subjects. Many Specialist Program students are also in this Academic Extension Course stream.

The Academic Extension Program is a school-based program and students are selected through a school-run test. This process is different to the Gifted and Talented program which is selected and run externally by the Education Department on a state-wide basis. Academic Extension works as a part of your child’s pathway to success in developing the whole student.

Application and Enrolment

To gain entry to the Academic Extension course, students are required to sit one test for entry to all Specialist and Focus courses in years 5 or 6 (those who sit the test in year 5 do not have to resit in year 6). The test consists of writing, general aptitude and mathematics. The test requires no prior study. Although not a requirement, many students in the Academic Extension Course also choose to apply for a specialist program as the test is ‘all in one’. To view the Specialist and Focus Program Prospectus please follow the link here HERE.