The Queensland Academies’ Young Scholars Program is providing highly capable school students in Years 5 to 9 with challenging enrichment opportunities.
The rationale for this initiative is to develop the Queensland Academies Young Scholars Program as a teaching and learning strategy for gifted/highly capable year four to nine students within mainstream schools. In doing so this will create a sustained network to align with collaborative development and delivery of an innovative and unique 5 year curriculum that responds to the needs of Education Queensland’s Framework for Gifted Education.
The Young Scholars Program offers two innovative fee-for-service educational streams for highly capable students:
- Workshop program
- Online program
Our Workshop Program offers opportunities for students to engage in a range of trans-disciplinary and challenging experiences delivered by highly skilled staff of the Queensland Academies and also our program partners: QUT, UQ, Griffith University, Queensland Writers Centre and the Gold Coast City Gallery. The Young Scholars Program also affords parents opportunities to attend lectures that will enable them to further support their children’s goals and aspirations.
Our workshops are delivered by a range of teachers and partner organisations and incur workshop registration fees of generally between $20.00 and $80.00 depending on the duration of the program. Most of our workshops are delivered on Saturday mornings. We also offer three week after school programs during the term at our Brisbane campuses. Details of our past workshops can be found here.
Our Online Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in a series of interrelated courses designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge across a range of subject areas. Students benefit from learning through contemporary pedagogy that offers collaborative, accelerated learning focussed on deep inquiry and real world research and issues. These courses also prepare students for a diverse range of academically challenging senior schooling pathways.
Our online modules are delivered by Queensland Academy teachers and other recognised professionals in their field and incur a cost of $275 per course. The courses are generally a seven week duration, consisting of one 60 minute live online teacher-facilitated lesson plus self-paced online tutorial activities. Details regarding our online program can be found at Online Program.
Students interested in joining the program can be nominated by their school, parent or caregiver after meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- A 90th percentile on any individual or group IQ test
- A 90th percentile on a subscale (e.g. verbal performance) of an individual IQ Test
- A High Distinction or Distinction in the Australian Schools Science, English or Mathematics Competitions
- A letter from their teacher confirming that the student’s academic performance or potential in Mathematics, Science or English is within the top 10 per cent of the student population.
- A nomination letter from a Queensland Academies Partnership School
Students attending non-state schools are also welcome to apply for membership.