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Exceptional Learners Program

Aim
The Exceptional Learners Program (ELP) was introduced at Marsden State High School in January 2011. The ELP started from a simple idea stemming from a belief that all students have the capacity to achieve given an inclusive and non-obstructive learning environment.
The ELP has now expanded, and is continuing to expand at a rapid rate, to a program that will challenge any academic excellence program outside of the Logan District and in the private schooling sector.
Marsden State High School’s Exceptional Learners program is providing the opportunity for students to achieve academic excellence and dreams without the cost of private schooling.
Overview
The ELP targets students who are:
  • Academically gifted
  • have a special talent
  • are passionate about learning
  • possess a strong desire to work as part of a team and have the aspirations to achieve beyond their limits and make a difference in and beyond the school community.
 
The program provides an environment that differentiates for high ability students that is exciting and highly challenging. There is currently ELP classes in years 7, 8, 9, and 10. There is a strong emphasis on team work and relationship building that promotes student ownership for their learning. What is unique about Marsden’s ELP model is that all students stay together in the one class for all core subjects: English, Maths, Science and SOSE.  In addition to this, year 7 students also participate in the AVID elective; a university readiness program that develops students’ skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organisation and reading.
 
Opportunities within ELP
 
As part of the program, ELP students are offered a range of exceptional educational opportunities. These include:
  • Highly individualised and differentiated educational programs in the four core subjects.
  • A take home device system allowing students access to ICTs both at school and home.
  • Opportunities to be accelerated in individual subjects. 
  • Opportunities to study Senior OP subjects whilst in Year 10.
  • Access to community partnerships with corporations such as Bankwest, Griffith University and University of Queensland.
  • Parent Immersion evenings and opportunities for parents to assist in classes, tutorials and excursions.
  • Opportunities to participate in regional, state wide and national academic competitions such as Opti-MINDS and UNSW ICAS competitions.
  • Termly Immersion days where ELP students across all year levels come together to develop their skills in team work, creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Yearly camp that focusses on socio-emotional wellbeing, building resilience and conquering fears.