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About Gifted & Talented

Program Information

In choosing Melville Senior High School’s Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program for your child you will be joining a school community that is committed to ensuring your son or daughter is on a pathway to success at secondary school and beyond.

The Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program offered at Melville SHS is an academic program where the selected students will study Mathematics, Science, Humanities and English together as a unified group from Years 7-10. This model has proven to be successful in cultivating a culture of genuine teamwork, peer support, high-level motivation and encouragement between Melville SHS’s Gifted and Talented students.

In Years 11 and 12 Melville SHS’s Gifted and Talented students join mainstream classes due to the range and diversity of subject selection offered to students. However, Gifted and Talented students continue to be supported through such programs as after school tutoring and engagement in an array of university experiences.

The highly trained teaching staff at Melville SHS are dedicated to understanding your child; every child is recognised as an individual. In accordance with students’ needs and following dialogue with parents and professional colleagues, every avenue available is pursued to ensure each Gifted and Talented student is experiencing achievement in a safe and nurturing secondary school environment.

At Melville SHS our Gifted and Talented Education Team understand the need to challenge students and look for ways to engage the gifted learner. Alternate pathways are sought and developed for the individual’s needs and can consist of a combination of academic and practical pathways. Teachers of Gifted and Talented students are specifically trained to understand characteristics of the gifted learner and know how to teach to enable such a student to manifest their talents. A team approach is adopted in order to support your child’s learning requirements. This collaborative approach is used to offer challenging and engaging learning opportunities, including differential extension programs for individuals within the class, as deemed necessary.

Top Up Testing
Students applying for Top Up Testing for other years (entering Years 9, 10 and 11) are required to be in the year level prior to the year level for which they are applying when they sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (for example, a child in Year 8 can only sit the testing for entry to Year 9). Information is in the link above under Places for Year 9,10 and 11 on the left.

Contact the Gifted and Talented Coordinator on 6274 1300.

Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs

How to Apply

Applications for Year 7and top-up testing students in 2019 have closed.
First round offers from the Education Department come out in June 2018.

Applications for Year 7s in 2020 will open in October 2018
Top Up Testing for 2020 (Year 9, 10 and 11 in 2019) - apply for a vacancy if available.

For more Information click HERE

Alternatively, you can contact The Gifted and Talented Selection Unit by emailing

Please NOTE: Gifted and Talented Program students can also study up to two Specialist programs. If you are applying for the Gifted and Talented Program it is advised you also sit the Specialist Testing. They are two separate tests and students often wish to be involved with multiple programs.

Contact Details

Reception: (08) 6274 1300
Absentee hotline (recorded message): (08) 6274 1322
Student Services Office: (08) 6274 1321
Absentee text line: 0419 915 097
Address: Melville Senior High School
Potts Street
Melville Western Australia 6156