Applications for Gifted and Talented programs in Western Australian public schools have risen by more than 20 per cent compared with last year.
Education Minister Liz Constable released the figures today as hopeful year 6 students began a half-day of testing for places in the year 8 program in 2014.
“The Department of Education has received 4,051 applications for Gifted and Talented programs in secondary schools - up by nearly 21 per cent from last year,” Dr Constable said.
“Exceptional teachers with expertise in teaching gifted students are adapting the curriculum and working with business, industry, universities and community groups to give students opportunities to extend and broaden their learning. Students also have access to specialist facilities such as research laboratories in universities.”
Students applied for places in academic, arts and languages programs at 17 public secondary schools.
Some are aiming for entry to Perth Modern School which is now entirely academically selective from years 8 to 12; and to John Curtin College of the Arts, the State’s only arts college.
“Word is certainly spreading about the success of students who graduate from these programs,” the Minister said.
“It is clear that parents want to ensure their gifted children are in programs which cater specifically for their needs.”
The figures also showed a big increase in applications from families in the country.
“There were 350 applications from country students this year, up from 275 last year - a 27 per cent increase,” Dr Constable said.
“A large number (161) of applications are from students in the South-West where Bunbury Senior High School will be the first country school to run an academic Gifted and Talented program from next year.”
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