Academic Challenge and Extension

In all areas of teaching and learning, we aim for excellence and the highest educational outcomes within a collaborative, nurturing learning environment.  Taking responsible risks is encouraged, success is rewarded and disappointment acknowledged.  Mercedes College encourages students to be self-directed, collaborative, critical thinkers who will take ownership of their educational journey and persevere to achieve their personal best.  The focus is on continuous learning that will provide the spiritual, social, physical and emotional development needed to achieve personal fulfilment.

From 2017 the College will introduce a new model of Academic Challenge and Extension (ACE) across the four learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences.  A streamed class will exist in each learning area to cater for those highly capable students from Years 7 or 8 until the end of Year 10.  These classes will be smaller than most other mainstream classes and comprise approximately 25 students.

Student selection will be based on Year 7 results initially, available data on achievement, and ongoing performance in each area. Students may be selected for one or a number of these extension classes.  From year to year the composition of these classes may change in accordance with student performance and placement in these classes will be reviewed annually.

  • Mathematics will commence in Semester 2 of Year 7, 2017
  • English, Science and Social Science will commence in Year 8, 2018

Curriculum in all Academic Challenge and Extension classes will follow the mainstream curriculum with deeper and broader focus. Students will experience a challenging learning environment that broadens experiences and deepens understandings in each ACE class.  Through both enrichment and extension, highly capable students will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of academic competitions and extension activities, as well as participating, where possible in incursions, excursions and guest-presentations.

Commencement of Academic Challenge and Extension Classes

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Mathematics

Semester 2, 2017

Semester 1, 2018

Semester 1, 2019

Semester 1, 2020

English

 

Semester 1, 2018

Semester 1, 2019

Semester 1, 2020

Science

Semester 1, 2018

Semester 1, 2019

Semester 1, 2020

Social Sciences

Semester 1, 2018

Semester 1, 2019

Semester 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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