The Academic Extension Course (AEC) at Melville Senior High School offers students from Years 7 to 10 a diverse range of extended academic opportunities. The program has two parts, Mathematics and Science being one and English and Humanities & Social Science being the other. Students can be accepted into one or both. AEC students 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 stimulate students whilst still progressing with course topics and preparing students for senior school tertiary subjects. Many Specialist Program students are also in this AEC stream.
The course differs from the Gifted and Talented Selective academic program in that students are often talented in humanities subjects or Science and Maths but not necessarily both. AEC is a school-based program and students are selected in a school-run test, whereas the Gifted and Talented program is selected by the Education Department on a state-wide basis. Academic Extension can be a part of your child’s pathway to success.