Year 6 students wishing to apply to enrol in an Excelsior program must meet a number of requirements including an entrance exam. Excelsior program classes will be offered for English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities in years 7 through to 10.
Year 7 Excelsior English offers students numerous opportunities for enrichment and extension. The mandatory and assessable aspects of the curriculum are compressed within Excelsior English to provide students with the opportunity to work on an enrichment portfolio for a portion of each week. These enrichment portfolios culminate in the creation of artefacts and/or projects that extend upon the knowledge and skills of the core curriculum, allowing participants to pursue relevant interests and further develop their strengths in English. Additionally, in Excelsior English, text selection is designed to be challenging and will feature
interaction with texts typically ‘above’ year level.
Students in Excelsior Mathematics will study the Australian Curriculum at year level and concurrently with their peers. By compressing the curriculum and guided by the elements of creative and critical thinking, students will be provided with opportunities to think, work and report like a mathematician developing their problem solving and mathematical modelling skills in a term-long task shared with the wider school community at completion. Where available, students will be offered additional opportunities to extend their mathematical thinking in
competitions and enhance understanding through external presentations.
Students in the Excelsior program will engage in Science learning at level with their peers. By compressing the curriculum, opportunities will be provided each week to students in order to enrich their science critical and creative thinking skills, personal and social capability, and provide avenues for students to pursue unit related topics that are of personal interest to them. Students will work towards presenting their findings and ideas to other members of the schooling community. Additionally, students will be provided opportunities to engage in science activities external to the school throughout the year.
Excelsior Humanities is an enrichment course that complements the core humanities program based on the Australian Curriculum. This course suits students who have a desire to delve into topics in greater scope and detail actively engaging in History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business. The focus of enrichment occurs through active citizenship to stimulate change on a global issue in an ever-changing world. Extending and enhancing the skills of inquiry through participation in deeper learning, using a critical lens, students further develop analytical, evaluative and social-emotional skills that are at the heart of humanities. Students will have opportunity to nominate and engage in activities such as competitions, forums, and public speaking (fees may apply).