Expanding students’ minds in creative and innovative ways

The High Achievers’ Program is centred on enrichment, providing students with the opportunity to delve into the curriculum with a greater focus on breadth and inquiry. Students are encouraged to develop their problem-solving skills, both individually and collaboratively, in exploring core concepts with reflection, creativity and a critical eye. The HAP environment creates unique challenges and additional rigour for students with the aim of creating well-rounded and reflective citizens.

This philosophy guides the program from Years 7-9 as students navigate the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science – the program. At Year 10, students may undertake Units 1 and 2 VCE pathways, depending on academic requirements and subject availability.

 Examination and Interview

Students sit for an Edutest examination held at Blackburn High School. If the student’s results match the criteria for selection for the program, they will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal and Senior Staff.

A place is then offered based on the  results of the examination and interview.


2020 Information Night



2020 Examination for students entering Year 7 in 2021

Registration and testing will continue in line with Department of Education and Training guidelines.


Registrations close: Registrations now closed


Online testing, for those who have registered:

Saturday, 13 June 2020, 8:30 am.

Edutest will email you on Thursday, 11 June, with your specific login ID and password. Please phone Edutest if you have not received this by midday on 11 June.  Telephone – 9014 1411.


Description of the Test

The Ability tests

1. Verbal Reasoning (30 minutes long) –  Measures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.

2. Numerical Reasoning (30 minutes long) – Measures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.

The Achievement tests

3. Reading Comprehension (30 minutes long) – Measures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.

4. Mathematics (30 minutes long) – Measures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.

5. Written Expression (15 minutes long) – This is a writing test that assesses the ability to convey ideas clearly in written form. Any of the following modes of writing may be assessed: creative, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, expository or informative. Students will be assessed on a range of criteria, including: Relevance to the topic, accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, proper sentence structure and paragraphing.


For further information please contact:

Mrs Denise Strahan

High Achievers’ Program Administrative Assistant

Phone 8804 6464

Email: strahan.denise.c@edumail.vic.gov.au 

Further information

For enquiries about the application process, please contact our High Achievers’ Program Administrative Assistant, Denise Strahan, by phone (03) 8804 6464 or email HighAchieversProgram@blackburnhs.vic.edu.au