About GT Online
Gifted and Talented Online in WA
An initiative of Department of Education
The Gifted and Talented Selective Academic Program Online (GT Online) has approximately 80 students (Years 7 to 10) from ~30 schools across Western Australia. These students live in a range of locations around the state, from Christmas Island to Cape Naturaliste, Kununurra to Katanning, and Exmouth to Esperance. The program delivers differentiated curriculum within an online learning community of like-minded peers who enjoy being challenged and connecting with each other.
Programs of study are offered in Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities & Social Sciences. Students usually enter either the mathematics and science stream or the humanities stream (English and HASS). A number of students choose to pursue studies in both streams, when offered the opportunity mid Year 7 or at the commencement of Year 8. Children study with other gifted students and follow a differentiated curriculum designed specifically for their needs.
The GT Online curriculum is differentiated to cater for the needs of gifted students using three broad approaches: acceleration, extension, and enrichment.
- Accelerating learning by compacting the curriculum to exempt knowledge and skills that students have already demonstrated and increasing the pace to remove unnecessary repetition. This provides time to advance into content from a higher year level as well as for extension and enrichment activities.
- Extending the curriculum to deepen students’ understanding of concepts and topics studied.
- Enriching the curriculum to broaden learning experiences, sometimes beyond the curriculum and encourage expansion of knowledge and skills.
Online Provision for Gifted & Talented Students in Western Australia
The online version of the course has been in existence since 1996. Since that time, a large number of country students have undertaken the course and the course has seen a number of changes and updates in its delivery method. A number of students win awards in national and international competitions during their time with us as well as School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards at the end of Year 12. Many students build strong connections with their classmates and teachers and keep in contact with the learning community.
What GT Online mostly means is that students can undertake an academic talent program with other similarly talented students, while living at home and attending their local school,instead of moving to Perth at a young age.
Who Can Participate in our Programs?
The program and support outlined on this website are for the use of students in all government schools in regional Western Australia, with the exception of Albany or Bunbury where there is access to a school based gifted and talented program in that region. Entrance to the program is only available by examination administered by Gifted and Talented (GAT) at the WA Department of Education.
Your Gifted & Talented Online Program Coordinator
Name: Sarah Mirco- Gifted & Talented Online Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9380 0555
If your child will attend a public secondary school in a regional area, they will be able to access the online program, other than in the Bunbury and Albany region where students have access to a Gifted and Talented Program at Bunbury Senior High School or Albany Senior High School. More information about access to the program can be found at the Department of Education website.
Students from the following schools have participated in GT Online Program in recent years