The Alpha Program is designed for students who have a desire for academic success and a strong work ethic.
The program will provide a wide range of enrichment activities and opportunities that will allow our students to explore innovative, interactive and engaging curriculum.
Progress of students will be reviewed every semester and students are expected to maintain Good Standing and high standards in terms of attitude, effort and behaviour.
Alpha teachers will extend students and differentiate curriculum. Students stay with their Alpha classes in the MESH areas (Maths, English, Science, HaSS), Physical Education and Anchor. Enrichment opportunities are provided and may include excursions to universities, mentoring from academic coaches and a variety of fun and engaging incursions.
Future Alpha students are selected based on evidence of ability (primary school data), positive attitude and teacher recommendations. The Associate Principal responsible for transition will identify students in year 4-6 as ‘Aspirants’ and then induct into the Alpha Program for Year 7, if suitable. The college may undertake further diagnostic testing and rely on feedback from teachers, if places are limited.
For each Year 7 cohort, entry is based on data from primary schools and/or visits by Associate Principal/s. Students offered a place will receive a letter and Alpha pack. An academic scholarship will also be offered to eligible Year 7 students and in subsequent years for our partner primary schools only (Alkimos Beach PS, Alkimos PS, Shorehaven PS, John Butler Primary College).
Students not able to maintain the required academic rigour within the Alpha program will be placed into the Aspirant class. Students can be in Alpha for either one or more MESH subjects’, dependant on student strengths and aspirations.
Alpha eligibility is reviewed on a semester basis by the Assistant Principal (Mr Chris Hatzis).