Blackburn conducts a highly sought after High Achievers’ Program for very able students. It is not simply an acceleration program, it is a completely different way of teaching and learning that enables students to expand their minds in creative and innovative ways. Our approach is enquiry based learning through the explicit teaching of thinking skills to guide students intellectual development around a central question in all four core subjects – English,  Science, Maths and Humanities.

Through the following, overarching questions students investigate, explore and challenge the ideas and actions of writers, philosophers, social thinkers, mathematicians and scientists.

Year 7  – How did thinkers of the ancient world make sense of the world?

Year 8 – What does it mean to be human?

Year 9 – What is the relationship between ethics, morality and citizenship?

Year 10 - Students have early access to the VCE program. They will take 2 Year 11  subjects  in Year 10  and 2 Year 12 subjects in Year 12

21st Century High Achieving Students will be taught:

  • Questioning strategies
  • Multiple ways of solving problems
  • Multiple ways of making decisions
  • Critical thinking skills to enable students to manage information in a society that is overloaded with information.
  • Creative thinking strategies
  • The language of thinking
  • Reflective thinking skills

Students are selected for the program on the basis of their results in the ACER  examination held at Blackburn High School in the Year prior to entry. The examination is created by the Australian Council for Educational Reserach and is specifically designed to identify high achievers in the following areas – Reading and Comprehension, Writing, Mathmatical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.

Parents interested in finding out more about the program are cordially invited to attend our Information Night. This is an opportunity to learn about the exciting curriuculum, teaching methodology and meet the staff and students involved in this exceptional program.

High Achievers’ Program Information Night

Date: – Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Time: 7.oopm

Venue: Blackburn High School ( signage will direct you)

2014 Selection  Exams

There are two options for the Selection Exam Dates:

  •  Wednesday 26 March, 2014  –  2.00pm for 2.30pm  start. Examination finishes at 5.30pm
  • or
  • Saturday 29 March, 2014 – 8.30am for 9.00am start. Examination finishes at 12noon

Venue- Blackburn High School

Cost – $70

Closing date for applications – Tuesdsay  11 March, 2014

Click here to download application form. Please complete and return to Blackburn High School.

Selection Examination Application Form



Application Process:

Ph  Denise Strahan  8804 6408  


Curriculum Enquiries:

High Achievers’ Program Coordinator:  Mrs Judith Davis –