HAP – High Ability Program
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College HAP Program caters for students who have above average academic ability and a high level of commitment to their schoolwork. HAP students are included in annual programs designed to encourage their creativity and competitive nature. Some experiences include guest speakers, excursions and enrolment in extension based academic competitions.
The HAP program focuses on maximising opportunities for academically talented students to excel by placing them in separate HAP classes for English, mathematics at Year 7, then expanding in Year 8 and beyond. The curriculum is delivered at a faster pace and more sophisticated level so that students can move ahead to work beyond their year level; and providing access to appropriate extension activities.
HAP students are placed in separate classes for English and mathematics and based on their academic achievement and are expected to maintain a level of achievement to remain in each class. Achievement is monitored regularly through college progress reports and semester reports, as well as teacher feedback.
This system differs from how SEAL has been run in the past, but it allows all students to access the program if their academic achievement indicates that they need this extension:
- Students have the opportunity to work independently and cooperatively with other students of similar abilities and interests.
- When students are in Year 6, applications will open for the next years HAP intake for Year 7, in Term 3
- Students will be required to complete an application form online, which must include a written reference from their Year 6 teacher, Year 5 NAPLAN results, and their Year 6 semester one report
- Following this, shortlisted students will be asked to undertake a literacy and numeracy test onsite at KWRSC
- Students will be offered a position in the HAP English or mathematics class (or both) following the results of this test. This position is provisional until testing of the entire cohort is undertaken during Term 4
- We endeavour to offer places in HAP by the end of Term 3 for the next years intake.
- In Year 10, students have several pathways available to them, including advanced Year 10 studies, and VCE and VET subjects
- Students enjoy the benefit of studying additional subjects in their VCE program to gain additional marks and greater confidence in tackling exams
- Students VCE courses can also include a University Enhancement Course