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Academic Extension

SOAR – Accelerated Learning and Enrichment Program

St John’s has established a tradition of forward and innovative thinking in creating the optimum learning environment to support exceptional student achievement. The SOAR program is an initiative of St John’s Personal Learning and Success Enterprise.


Middle and Senior School SOAR Program

St John’s SOAR program aims to empower students with exceptional academic ability and motivations, through opportunities to access curriculum acceleration. Through subject timeline customisation, students are challenged and extended academically, enriching their St John’s educational journey through a targeted pedagogical experience. Commencing in 2021, the SOAR Program is offered for English and Mathematics subjects.  Further SOAR Program opportunities may also be provided in selected elective subjects during the academic year.

SOAR Students accelerate through the Australian Curriculum and the Senior Phase English/Mathematics Curriculum up to one year ahead of their cohort and will then have the opportunity in their Senior Phase to engage in a bespoke, personalised pathway opportunity that is responsive and progresses them toward their chosen pathway.

Students can apply for one or both of the following programs:

  • SOAR English – Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • SOAR Mathematics – Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Benefits of the SOAR Program

  • Accelerated progression through the curriculum with fewer repetitions of course content
  • Opportunities to engage in comprehensive pedagogical experiences with like-minded scholars
  • Fostering collaborative skills in problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and self-reflection
  • Cultivation of a rigorous enquiry and investigation framework, stimulating independent curiosity, interest and thought
  • The opportunity for engagement in a bespoke, personalised program as outlined below

Bespoke, Personalised Programs

Students will have the opportunity to engage in bespoke personalised programs that are aligned with their future ambitions and are responsive to their individual needs and interests. This may include:

  • Opportunity to enrol in a variety of extension subjects such as English & Literature Extension and/or Chinese Extension
  • Completion of Tertiary Study modules affiliated with specific areas of interest with university mentorship
  • Personalised study experiences targeted towards preparation for programs including UCAT
  • Opportunities for engagement in internships, research projects and ‘Master Class’ scenarios

Application Process

Current St John’s students in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 can apply for a place in SOAR English and/or SOAR Mathematics, and are required to submit:

  • A completed SOAR application form
  • Supporting documents

Selection Process

The selection process is holistic and will include a review of:

  • Student’s latest academic results
  • Testing results from NAPLAN, PAT and ICAS
  • Student’s intrinsic motivation, ability to engage in abstract, complex, logical and insightful thought as well as their demonstrated commitment to academic success
  • Teacher feedback and observations

Requirements of the SOAR Program

  • Applicants can apply for either SOAR English or SOAR Mathematics or both subjects
  • Standardised testing and/or an interview may be required
  • Students are expected to maintain a high academic standard of an A or B in all SOAR subjects
  • Academic monitoring will occur each semester and an action plan will be initiated if required
  • It is expected that students will continue in SOAR English and/or SOAR Mathematics through to Year 12
  • Students that are successful in SOAR programs may have some subject/elective restrictions

Junior School SOAR Program

St John’s SOAR Program aims to empower students in Years 5 and 6 with exceptional academic ability and motivations, through opportunities to access curriculum enrichment. Students will be challenged and extended academically, enriching their St John’s educational journey through a targeted pedagogical experience. Commencing in 2021, the SOAR Program is offered to Year 5 and 6 students for English and Mathematics subjects, one lesson per week.  Further SOAR Program opportunities may also be provided in selected subjects during the academic year.

Students can apply for one or both of the following programs:

  • Junior School SOAR English – Years 5 and 6
  • Junior School SOAR Mathematics – Years 5 and 6

Application Process

Current St john’s students in Years 5 and 6 can apply for a place in SOAR English and/or SOAR Mathematics and are required to submit:

  • A completed SOAR application
  • Supporting documents

 Selection Process

The selection process is holistic and will include:

  • a review of academic and NAPLAN results
  • Student’s intrinsic motivation, ability to engage in abstract, complex, logical and insightful thought as well as their demonstrated commitment to academic success
  • Teacher feedback and observations

Requirements of the SOAR Program:

  • Applicants can apply for either SOAR English or SOAR Mathematics or both subjects
  • Students are expected to maintain a high academic standard of an A or a B in all SOAR subjects
  • Academic monitoring will occur each semester and an action plan will be initiated if required

 

Contact St John’s SOAR Program

SOAR Program Coordinator |Fiona Gunthorpe
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[email protected]