Gifted and Talented Online (GT Online) is an academic program of study designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in public secondary schools in country Western Australia in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. GT Online is the online version (for rural and remote students) of the Selective Academic Program taught in selected secondary schools in the Perth metropolitan area and Bunbury.
Programs of study are offered in Mathematics, Science, English and Society & Environment. Students usually enter either the Mathematics and Science stream, or the Humanities stream (English and S&E). Some students may pursue studies in both streams. Children study with other gifted students and follow a differentiated curriculum designed specifically for their needs. The online learning environment is challenging and stimulating and students have contact with leading industry professionals and take part in competitions at national and international levels.
The online version of the course has been in existence since 1996. Since that year, 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. Many of our past students have gone on to do great things including one student who studied our year 8 and 9 courses when he was 10 and 11 , did his TEE when he was 13 and went to University at 14! He has since completed a double major in Engineering and Science at UWA. We have also had a number of students win awards in competitions during their time with us as well as Curriculum Council awards at the end of year 12.
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 having to move to Perth at a young age.
Entry to the program is through the Department of Education's selective academic testing process.
Applications for entry into programs for Year 7 in 2019 open in October 2017. Applications close February 11, 2018.