Armidale High School

Exceptional Learning Opportunities For All

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Gifted and talented

Armidale High is now a partially selective school

There is now a Selective Class in each of the junior years for academically gifted students.  

Students anywhere in the state can apply at the end of Year 5 for a place in a Selective Class and sit the Selective Schools Test in March of the following year. Armidale High is a designated test centre. Parents are then notified about their child's success in gaining a place in the Year 7 Selective Class at Armidale High.

Many other events, acitivities and competitions provide opportunities for our gifted students in sport, arts and leadership.

All staff have been trained in quality teaching strategies for all students, including the teaching of gifted students. These include Project Based Learning, using models like Maker and structuring units of work and questioning techniques using Bloom's Taxonomy of higher order thinking skills.

Our gifted and talented program provides these students with learning opportunities on top of the normal curriculum.

Armidale High School  is a vibrant school that offers all students opportunities to excel and is among the 23 specially selected high schools in New South Wales with selective classes.

Selective classes provide an educationally enriched environment for highly achieving academically gifted students.

"Teachers create an environment in which students are challenged and stretched amongst a like-minded cohort," Ms Anne Matley, Principal of Armidale High School stated.

AHS teachers have had extensive training and input in developing programs initially from James Ruse HS, regarded as one of the premier selective school in the state. On-going staff training ensures that all students in all classes benefit from the opportunities of enrichment programs and specially designed lessons.

Entry in these classes is determined by a student's results in the Selective High Schools Test, together with their primary school's assessment of their performance in English and maths. Other evidence of academic merit may also be considered.

AHS Principal, Anne Matley, welcomes the opportunity to speak with parents of  students about the benefits offered by selective classes for their child.  She can be contacted on  02 6776 7466.

AHS Quality teaching Team has now developed an annual event for each selective class ranging from independent projects to a science fair. This is introduced and monitored by core class teachers who are members of the team for that year.