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Academic Extension Course

The Academic Extension Course (AEC) at Melville Senior High School offers students from Years 7 to 10 a diverse range of extended academic opportunities. The Program has two parts, Mathematics and Science being one and English and Humanities & Social Science being the other. Students can be accepted into one or both. The AEC students study each of their core subjects together for four hours a week:


  • AEC Maths and Science: Maths (4 hours) and Science (4 hours) and/or
  • AEC English HASS: English (4 hours) and HASS (4 hours)

Academic Extension students make up the top mainstream class in each year group. The program aims to extend and stimulate students whilst still progressing with course topics and preparing students for senior school tertiary subjects. Many Specialist Program students are also in this AEC stream. The AEC Course is a school based program and is offered to students who live in the local intake area or are in a Specialist program (ie Aviation, Graphic Design Media or Netball).

The course differs from the Gifted and Talented Selective academic program in that students are often talented in humanities subjects or Science and Maths but not necessarily both. AEC is a school-based program and students are selected in a school-run test, whereas the Gifted and Talented program is selected by the Education Department on a state-wide basis.

Academic Extension can be a part of your child’s pathway to success.

Enrolment Details
Enrolment for the Academic Extension Program involves an academic test when students are in Year 5 and/or 6.

Students applying for the Academic Extension Program can also apply for other Specialist programs such as Aviation or Netball and Graphic Design Media or Music in Focus.

Students applying for the Program are expected to be involved until at least Year 10. If a student chooses to withdraw from the program before then or is not achieving adequate standards, an interview may be requested with the Deputy Principal and students outside of the local intake area may lose their enrolment at the school.

Entry for 2019
Applications have closed for all programs. Students can apply to be added to a wait list.

Entry for 2020
Applications are now open for students in Year 5 and 6 in 2019.

  • The application for Specialist enrolment is HERE
  • The Specialist and Focus Program Prospectus is HERE

Students sit one test for entry to all Specialist and Focus courses (no academic test for Netball). The test consists of writing, general abilities and Maths. The test requires no prior study however parents may purchase scholarship books on selective entrance tests that are available in education stores.

If successful in the test you and your child will be sent a letter of confirmation.

For further information please contact the school on 6274 1300.

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