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Academic Excellence Program

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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”  Vince Lombardi

The aim of the Academic Excellence program at Robina State High School is to support academi​cally gifted students in reaching their fullest potential. The program has been developed to support students to enrich their academic abilities, explore new interests, develop independent learning skills and connect with relevant universities and partners. The program is designed to support participants by being linked with peers who share the same academic profiles.

Vision

The academic excellence program at Robina State High School provides students with opportunities to develop, extend and enrich their academic ability shaping them into independent, critical and creative thinkers who are ready to embrace and adapt in the 21st century.

Key Program Features

The Robina State High School Academic Excellence curriculum is based on recommendations made by the Australian Curriculum when differentiating curriculum for gifted and talented students and the concept of Curriculum Enrichment from the studies of Joseph Renzulli (2010) who is a world leader in gifted and talented education.

Students are guided through this program by highly credentialed teachers who have a passion and desire to work with academically gifted students.

The Robina State High School Academic Excellence program offers

  • Increased Exposure to a wider variety of academic opportunities, activities and challenges that provide deeper insight into the content being learnt in the classroom. This includes a range of excursions and academic festivals as well as entry into state and nationwide academic challenges.

  • Curriculum Enrichment with the development of higher order thinking, creative problem solving and critical thinking skills that are authentically applied to creative and productive 'real world' situations.

  • Enabled Independence and self-directed learning allowing students to explore specific areas of interest by assuming the role of the first-hand inquirer.


Students in the program work with like-minded students in a rich learning environment. This ensures they are stimulated to reach their highest academic potential. Academic Excellence students are grouped together in years 7 & 8 for the core subject areas: Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. During these years the Stronger Together teacher becomes a mentor and a key person in communication between school and home. In years 9-12, individual talent continues to be nurtured through placement in extension classes and the opportunity to access enrichment and accelerated programs of study.  

Students in the program work with like-minded students in a rich learning environment. This ensures they are stimulated to reach their highest academic potential. Academic Excellence students are grouped together in years 7 & 8 for the core subject areas: Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. During these years the Stronger Together teacher becomes a mentor and a key person in communication between school and home. In years 9-12, individual talent continues to be nurtured through placement in extension classes and the opportunity to access enrichment and accelerated programs of study.

Parent / Teacher Contact

Parents will receive regular communication on student progress via email from teachers of core subjects. Parents will be invited to attend a parent/teacher afternoon with teachers of core subjects once a term to discuss the program, student progress and upcoming events.

Program Expectations

It is an expectation that successful applicants for the program will provide a suitable device (e.g. laptop, tablet) in line with the school’s BYOD guidelines. This will enable teachers to present a curriculum where students have access to a range of digital resources.

All Academic Excellence students are expected to participate in the many extension and enrichment opportunities that are offered as part of the challenging program.  Other events will require class representation such as Anzac Parades and community celebrations.  

Student performance will be monitored and reviewed regularly. Students must maintain high academic achievement level as well as displaying high standards of behaviour and effort across all subjects to secure their position in the program. 

Application Process

Academic Excellence is a selective program and entry is competitive. Students applying for a position in the Academic Excellence Program will be measured against the following selection criteria: 

  • demonstration of high academic achievement in all core subject areas i.e. a minimum of two A’s and two B’s on their academic report

  • NAPLAN Results                       

  • results from other standardised or diagnostic testing   

  •  competition results 


Applications to join the program can be made at any time, subject to availability. 

Academic Scholarships

The school will grant some academic scholarships for year six students upon entry into the Academic Excellence Program. Scholarships are by written application and recipients will be presented with their scholarship at their primary school graduation. The scholarship is for the year of entry only and may be a part or full scholarship to contribute to the Student Resource Scheme. 

Program Costs

The Academic Excellence program is designed not only to develop academia but also leadership, resilience and persistence, to enhance each student's ability to achieve success at school and in the world beyond.  Students will engage in specialised programs and competitions which require additional payment other than to the curriculum based Student Resources Scheme.  An additional fee will be required for each student involved in the Academic Excellence Program.

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Last reviewed 12 April 2019
Last updated 12 April 2019