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Marsden High School

Marsden High School

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High Potential and Gifted Education

At Marsden High School, students are expected, and supported, to perform to their full potential. They are provided with explicit teaching and differentiated learning experiences to enable them to perform at their best. At the same time every student is expected to apply diligence and sustained effort to their studies, and to do their best to maximise their results.

It is a well established fact that students with high intellectual potential are typically at risk of underperformance if they are not challenged to achieve. In simple terms this means they need an environment in which they are challenged to work at a more complex level; at a faster pace; at a greater intensity; and with potentially greater volume of work than is typically expected of their age-peers.

Specialised curriculum provision for high potential and gifted students addresses their specific learning needs such as:

  • A faster pace

  • Processing more complex information and use of higher order thinking

  • Opportunities to engage in learning with students of the same or higher ability

  • Opportunities to undertake challenging work which enables them to develop strategies for persevering with difficult problems.

Marsden High School offers a range of specialised programs for high potential and gifted students:
  • The Pinnacle program for years 7  and 8
  • The Horizon program for years 9 and 10
  • Mathematics Accelerated elective in years 9 and 10
  • Extension courses in years 11 and 12