Years 7-8 LEAP ACADEMIC PATHWAY

Year 7 & 8 LEAP Academic Pathway

The focus of the LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Acceleration Program) at Year 7 and 8 is to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and attributes for life-long academic and vocational success. This includes a focus on study and revision skills (working smarter, not harder), developing a sense of themselves as a learner, including building on areas of strength and targeting areas of improvement, and managing stress and maximising well-being. This understanding will be personalised into each student’s Individualised Learning Plan (ILP) to ensure a successful transition into the College.

In terms of academic achievement, LEAP students’ curricula will be upwardly differentiated to their point of need. Academically, the program will focus on developing a ‘growth mindset’ with the aim of each student comparing themselves against their personal best rather than age-expected norms. In addition to this, students will also be challenged to study two languages. It is expected that all LEAP students will be involved in several enrichment opportunities provided by the College.

HOW DOES THE YEAR 7/8 LEAP PATHWAY DIFFER FROM THE MAINSTREAM YEAR 7/8 PATHWAY?

The Year 7/8 LEAP pathway requires students to:

  • Undertake two languages (Indonesian and Japanese)
  • Undertake an enriched curriculum, with assessments targeted specifically towards high ability students
  • Be involved in extra-curricular school-based programs eg: Performing Arts / Interschool Sports / Leadership

Additionally, students will also:

  • Undertake a sizeable integrated project in Years 7 and 8 that addresses curriculum for multiple subject areas. This will include a presentation to parents and members of the school
  • Participate in two LEAP ‘challenge days’ per year. Each of these days will have a theme and require students to work with LEAP students from other year levels.

How to apply for LEAP

  • LEAP is a wonderful opportunity for high ability students who have a level of maturity and commitment to their learning. More information about the LEAP pathway can be found below.
  • Please follow the link below to register for the program’s exam. PLEASE NOTE THAT A STUDENT MUST BE ENROLLED FOR YEAR 7 A DROMANA COLLEGE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PLACE IN LEAP
  • Based on registration and exam results, students will be offered a place in LEAP for 2023
  • All applications will sit the exam on October 8th at the College. More information will be sent to all applicants once they have registered their interest

Registration for LEAP will open on the 25th July 2022 and close 30th September 2022.

The entrance exam will be held at Dromana Secondary College on the 8th of October 2022.

  • A fee will need to be paid after filling in the registration form. This fee is set by the examination company and is $100.

The Arts and Technology - Students complete one semester each of elective across Year 7 and 8

Vision

Dromana College’s LEAP (Learning Enhancement and Acceleration program) aims to provide both challenges and opportunities by upwardly differentiating the curriculum to a select group of engaged and talented high-ability students, with the anticipation that these students will achieve outstanding academic, personal, and social outcomes that benefit both themselves and their broader community.

Values

LEAP students are expected to exemplify the broader school values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Personal Best. This dedication to personal and collective success is expected to extend beyond academic achievements, with students embracing opportunities available to further develop their leadership, critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities through all aspects of college life.

Expectations for students

LEAP students will maintain an outstanding academic work ethic, challenge themselves to work on their areas of improvement, not just their strengths and to co-develop their own high-performance goals and pathway plans. Additionally, LEAP students will extend themselves through the program’s inter-curricular experiences and participate in enrichment and extra-curricular activities provided by the College.

Commitment from the College

The College’s commitment to LEAP students and their families is to take this very select group of students and not only personalise their learning but also provide them with the knowledge, skills, and experience to allow them to chart their own pathway into long term educational and vocational success.

Year 7 & 8 - Core knowledge & skills

Program and Experiences

The focus of the LEAP at Year 7 & 8 is to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and attributes for life-long academic and vocational success. This includes a focus on study and revision skills (working smarter, not harder), developing a sense of themselves as a learner, including how to build on areas of strength and target areas of improvement as well as managing stress and maximising wellbeing. This understanding will be personalised into each student’s Individualised Learning Plan. All Year 7 students will receive a Year 10 LEAP mentor to assist in their transition to the College.

In terms of academic achievement, LEAP students’ curriculum will be upwardly differentiated to their point of need. Academically, the program will focus on developing a ‘growth mindset’ with the aim of each student comparing themselves against their personal best rather than age-expected norms. In addition to this, students will also be challenged to study two languages. It is expected that all LEAP students will be involved in several enrichment opportunities provided by the College.

LEAP Experiences and Opportunities

  • Individualised Learning Plan
  • Involvement in enrichment opportunities e.g. sports, music, theatre, media, design
  • Integrated cross-curricular projects
  • Participation in the LEAP challenge days
  • Capstone Research Project
  • LEAP excursions
  • Leaders from our world incursions
  • Possibility of participation in the Victorian High-Ability Program
  • Mentor teacher

Year 9 - Choice and Independence

Program

Building on their broad and solid foundation, Year 9 LEAP students are expected to begin charting their future pathway. While constructing their knowledge and skills through their core LEAP classes, students will be expected to select electives from Year 10 or VCE. Mathematically students will be prepared to access all levels of VCE Mathematics.  Students will continue their language studies.

The focus of student’s personalisation of their learning is to begin developing a plan for their life beyond schools, shifting from an understanding of individual strengths and weaknesses to using their knowledge of themselves as a learner coupled with their individual passions and dreams in order to ensure a challenging yet realistic plan for their future, including VCE acceleration. This plan will also help direct student capstone research projects and community presentations.

LEAP Experiences and Opportunities

  • Individualised Learning Plan
  • Involvement in enrichment program opportunities
  • Integrated cross-curricular projects
  • Participation in the LEAP challenge days
  • LEAP Capstone Research Project and Community Presentation
  • LEAP excursions
  • Leaders from our world incursions
  • Mentor teacher

Year 10 - Leadership and Transition

Program

Year 10 for LEAP students will see the commencement or continuation of their accelerated VCE studies. The pathway mentor for LEAP students will ensure that they are able not just to survive but thrive with the increased workload of multiple VCE subjects.

It is recommended that student subject selection includes a continuation of language studies and an advanced mathematics pathway to be eligible for the Victorian Baccalaureate.

Student’s participation in LEAP challenge days changes to a leadership role in which students are expected to actively plan, prepare, and facilitate these events. In addition to this, students will also play a mentoring role to the Year 7 LEAP cohort.

LEAP Experiences and Opportunities

  • Individualised Learning Plan
  • Involvement in enrichment program opportunities
  • Facilitation of the LEAP challenge days
  • Mentoring of Year 7 LEAP students
  • Accelerated VCE subjects
  • Mentor teacher

Year 11 & 12 - Pathways to the future

Program

LEAP students in VCE will continue their accelerated subjects, with the expectation that they will complete six or more Unit 3 & 4 subjects over their extended VCE and be offered options of University enhancement subjects.

It is an expectation that all LEAP student will complete a minimum six Unit 3 & 4 VCE subjects.

LEAP students will be provided with a mentor to ensure that they have a go-to person to support their final years of secondary schooling and their transition to higher education.

LEAP students will be expected to apply for University scholarships and bursaries.

LEAP students will be offered enrichment opportunities as appropriate to their individualised pathway needs.

LEAP Experiences and Opportunities

  • Individualised Learning Plan
  • Involvement in enrichment program opportunities
  • VCE University enhancement subjects
  • Attendance to revision lectures and enhancement classes
  • Access to VET subject as a part of their VCE individualised pathway
  • Victorian Baccalaureate
  • Mentor teacher
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