The opportunity for extension and support at Ringwood Secondary College is a dynamic feature of the teaching and learning program. Teacher flexibility and expertise allow for a rich program throughout the year.
ACE – Achievement, Commitment, Excellence – A program for high ability students.
The College ACE program for high achieving students is offered to students in Year 7 – 9.
The aim of the program is to engage and challenge high ability students to reach their full intellectual, social and emotional potential in an enriched educational program. It is offered to Year 7 – 9 students who demonstrate academic skills above those of their peer group, are self-directed and strongly motivated to achieve academically.
The ACE class progresses into Years 8 and 9, where students continue to participate in a rigorous and challenging curriculum in their core subjects. In Year 9, students will also select elective studies as part of their program. In Year 10, students will have the opportunity to undertake one or two VCE subjects (Units 1 and 2). This will allow them to study one or two Year 12 studies (Units 3 and 4) in Year 11 and provide them with the opportunity to study a University Enhancement Study in Year 12.
Only those students who have been offered a position in Year 7 are eligible to apply for this program.
Selection of students for the ACE program will be based on Selection Tests, along with results from Edutest and NAPLAN. The achievement tests are designed to measure actual achievement or performance in key academic areas. The tests consist of four components: reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, abstract reasoning and written expression.
Students are extended in their learning areas by their teachers through accelerated work and activities, interactive and integrated projects and are offered opportunities to participate in extension activities including:
Students are identified as needing support through a variety of ways including:
Literacy and numeracy support classes are small and teacher/student interactions are high.
A small number of staff work one-on-one or in very small groups to teach students with significant literacy needs.
Strive is a dedicated student support program, at Year 10, that targets students with difficulties across a number of areas.
Entry into the Strive Program is by invitation only, based on a number of considerations, including academic testing data, consultation with classroom teachers, literacy/numeracy support staff, coordinators and a willingness to engage in the program.
Aims of Strive:
We, the students at Ringwood Secondary College, acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on today.
We appreciate the waterways, mountains, skies, plants and animals from this land and thank our ancestors for their ceremonies of story-telling, music, dance and celebration.
We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging and promise to learn to live in a community that is part of the oldest living culture on Earth and move forwards together to a place of equity, justice and partnership.
We recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This was and always will be Aboriginal Land.