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Academic Academy

juniors

Aims and Objectives

 
In the interests of differentiation and enrichment the aim of the Academic Academy is to provide students with a program of extension and enrichment in their identified areas of ability - namely Mathematics and/or English and/or Science and/or Humanities.
 
In addition, some students will have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in a series of ACER High Achieving Selection Tests, for analysis of their ability in a number of aptitudes.
  • Participate in a variety of academic competitions and enrichment activities.
  • Accelerate through learning areas where the student is identified as being potentially gifted and talented.
  • Accelerate through senior school subjects whilst in Year 10.
  • Commence study of University subject/s or another school-endorsed option in Year 12.

Entry into the Academy

During Semester 2 Year 7, interested students will take part in an entry process that involves student applications, teacher feedback and selection into the various Academic Academy classes for the start of Year 8. 

Review processes

Student performance, behaviour and effort will be reviewed on a semester by semester basis whilst in the Academy.  Students will be expected to:
  • Demonstrate a high level of ability in the focus areas of the academy;
  • Achieve acceptable academic standards in units studied;
  • Maintain exemplary behaviour and;
  • Remain highly motivated.
 
This review process will be conducted by the Head of Department (HOD) and staff within the Academy.
 
For more information contact:
 
  • Mr Liam Holcombe, HOD Junior Secondary and Academic Academy, lholc10@eq.edu.au
  • Ms Leanne Monagle, Deputy Principal, (07) 4636 8700

2018 Impact Project - Critical Thinking

 

Today’s students can readily access information on any topic using digital technology. It is more important than ever that they are able to distinguish good information from bad.

Critical Thinking equips students with the skills and metacognitive tools needed to evaluate and construct logical arguments.  They learn to create sophisticated, well-justified cases that acknowledge complexity and the possible alternative positions that exist on a range of topics.

Critical Thinking directly contributes to growth in persuasive writing skills and develops capabilities that transfer across the curriculum and into the real world.