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Year 7 Scholarships Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL)
The SEAL Program is a Department of Education program that recognises outstanding, high achieving students, and provides them with opportunities to accelerate their academic studies, leadership skills, and creative talents from Year 7 through to Year 12.
Applications for our SEAL program open in March the year before students enter Year 7. A link will become available on this page to submit an application.
High Expectations – Outstanding Results
The SEAL Program supports students capable of learning at a faster pace, and in greater depth, than students of the same age. It offers high potential students a rigorous and diverse curriculum in a stimulating and challenging learning environment.
The SEAL Program will provide your child with an exciting learning experience, equal to his or her high potential. Learning in SEAL classrooms is demanding, open-ended, and designed to engage students’ higher order abilities.
Our expert team of teachers will closely monitor your child’s progress, while providing lessons that eliminate repetition, accelerate the pace of learning, ensure depth of learning, and engage technology to enhance your child’s learning experiences.
The learning manager and the SEAL Program Coordinator, who are responsible for closely monitoring the academic progress and wellbeing needs of each student, will support your child to ensure that their learning experience is a positive one. Students can also access other support opportunities, such as the SEAL Lunchtime Activities and whole SEAL cohort meetings.
An integral component of the SEAL Program is to provide your child with the opportunity to develop their leadership and creative talents. This is accomplished through activities such as school camps and participation in transition activities, where they will further develop relationships with others, and learn and practise leadership skills.
SEAL Learning Pathways – Junior Years 7 to 9
In the SEAL Program, students can complete the Year 7 – 10 curriculum in three years. During the first two years, SEAL students study:
- Integrated Studies
- Language other than English
- Health & Physical Education
In the third year, students continue to study an accelerated and/or enriched core curriculum.
Developing each student’s leadership and creative talents is also an integral component of the SEAL Program at the College. Therefore, students in the SEAL Program are encouraged to be involved in a range of activities and programs, including the Instrumental Music program, the College drama production, debating and sport. Students also take part in a range of national subject competitions and are provided with many opportunities to develop their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
The College also encourages SEAL students to take part in national subject competitions and community engagement programs.
Years 7 to 9 SEAL Curriculum
In Years 7 to 9, the SEAL Program provides a curriculum that enables students to:
- use their own initiative and set and reach their personal academic goals;
- complete core subjects at an accelerated pace;
- learn and analyse more intricate subject material; and
- mix and learn with other students at their academic level.
SEAL Learning Pathways – Senior Years 10 to 12
The College Managed Individual Pathways (MIP) advice program ensures that each student receives guidance from trained staff when selecting a senior program that will challenge them academically. The program also ensures that students are supported, throughout their pathway, to meet their goals.
Students in the SEAL Program may choose from a variety of pathways, including:
- completing the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) over three years with extra units;
- combining a three year VCE with Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses; and
- combining a three year VCE with university enhancement courses.
Students can also benefit by:
- participating in a VCE Enrichment Program in a range of subjects;
- being able to undertake additional VCE & VET studies
- broadening their tertiary & career options; and
- having the opportunity to increase their ATAR score.
The College expects and encourages students in the SEAL Program to participate in extracurricular activities. These activities provide numerous opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills, such as through the Instrumental Music program, where Year 7 students learn a musical instrument.
Other opportunities in which students are expected to participate are:
- school events;
- academic competitions, such as the Maths, Science and English competitions; and
- sport, leadership, and community engagement activities.
Learning within the SEAL Program is as demanding as it is rewarding. Therefore, SEAL students must be motivated to learn, be well organised and able to make a genuine commitment to the program.
If your child is ready for a challenging and enriching educational experience with their intellectual peers, the SEAL Program may suit their needs. Students eligible for entry into the SEAL Program at all year levels are those who achieve high academic results, or who display multiple characteristics associated with giftedness, such as:
- being mature for their age, with a good attention span;
- having good problem solving and reasoning abilities;
- being a quick learner;
- having the ability to persevere;
- having an extensive vocabulary and an excellent memory;
- being an avid reader; and
- having a wide range of interests and being highly creative.
Places within the SEAL Program are limited, especially in Years 8 and 9, so please contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Amy Lee, if you wish to discuss your child’s eligibility.
Selection of Students
Student acceptance into the SEAL Program, at all year levels, is based on multiple sources of information. To ensure a student’s suitability, those applying to enter the SEAL Program need to:
- complete the online application form;
- sit a formal academic test of their language, math, reading and comprehension skills;
- attend an interview;
- provide information from previous school/s; and
- provide requested information from the student themselves.
In addition to the SEAL Program, St Albans Secondary College offers a range of scholarship opportunities. These scholarships are available to qualifying students in the areas of:
- Academic Excellence – All students applying for this scholarship must sit the Edutest. All recipients of this scholarship must participate in the SEAL Program.
- Sporting Excellence
- Visual and Performing Arts