The Heights School is a school that caters for all students from pre-school to SACE completion, located in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Within The Heights School gifted students are enrolled at all year levels and make up a significant population within our school. The Ignite program, which commences at year 8, is designed to accelerate and extend gifted students.
The Ignite students study in the Secondary Years accessing specialist extension programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM program is designed to challenge and inspire our students to achieve across all areas of their education, integrating literacy, creativity, and group work allowing student to work in high achieving teams.
Entry into the year 8 Ignite program is based on individual results in a test conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This occurs each year in February, and students complete this test at the beginning of year 7 in preparation for their entry into year 8.
The two streams of the Ignite Program are:
The Ignite Accelerated class
Students in the Ignite accelerated class follow the most challenging year 8 and 9 curriculum we offer, in preparation for personalised acceleration in up to two subjects through years 10 – 12. By completing up to two year 12 subjects in year 11, Ignite accelerated students in year 12 have options to study a wider range of subjects, or to continue further study in the accelerated subject area.
The Ignite Extended class
Students in the Ignite extended class also complete an enriched and highly challenging curriculum throughout years 8 and 9.
On completion of either the accelerated or extended program the students continue through the Years 10-12 as a member of this same home group, allowing them to stay with their academic peers.
Following from a recent review of the Ignite Program at The Heights School there are some exciting changes being made to the Ignite Accelerated Program. We are building on the core strengths of the program while introducing more flexibility and individualisation in the years 10-12 to suit each student’s needs, interests and future pathways.
These changes to the Ignite Accelerated Program were introduced for Year 8 and Year 9 students in 2018.
The Ignite Extended Program will continue to run as usual in 2020.