St Ives High Gifted & Talented Program
In 1993 St Ives High School embarked on an innovative program, the principle aim of which was to provide a high quality learning environment for students of talent and high academic ability. Our program also offers to potential selective high school students, the high academic standard they are seeking, but in a setting which is co-educational, socially cohesive and community focused.
Our objectives for GAT students are:
1. To create a core class of gifted and talented students at St Ives High School. The group would be globally gifted but having specific strengths and talents in numeracy, literacy and problem-solving techniques.
2. To provide for the natural progression of gifted and talented students through a high school setting. These students have already been recognised and catered for in local primary schools and our program would complement developments in a number of primary schools.
3. To implement accelerated progression where appropriate, allowing future opportunity for students to complete the Stage 5 and/or the Higher School Certificate ahead of their peers.
To select students for this class, starting in year 7, we run a test from ACER (Australian Council for Education al Research) in late March or early April each year. Forms and further information are available from our download section.
The T class (GATS) addresses the guidelines of the Department of Education Gifted and Talented Policy which states:
Giftedness refers to potential distinctly beyond the average for the student's age and encompasses a broad range of abilities in the intellectual, creative, socio-emotional and physical domains. Talent denotes achievement distinctly beyond the average for a student's age as a result of application to training and practice.
In addition to our Gats, or "T" class, SIHS offers a second selective class called the "X" class, which is referred to as the Extension class. This class is for students who just miss a place in our Gats class by a few marks, and students who, for a variety of reasons were not able to sit our placement test. While they may not all be ready for the T class, this is a successful alternative to placement in a mainstream class providing them with a suitably challenging learning environment.