Gifted and Talented
Your child can discover a world of opportunities in our Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs.
Your child will study with other exceptionally able students in learning environments that will challenge, inspire and empower them to excel every day.
They will follow a curriculum designed specifically for their needs and will have access to universities, industry bodies and mentoring programs as well as the opportunity to take part in competitions at national and international levels.
Programs are offered at 22 select public secondary schools, including a fully selective academic school, an arts college, a regional school and an online program for country students. This year, applications open for entry into new Gifted and Talented academic programs in 2021 at Ellenbrook Secondary College and Harrisdale Senior High School, giving your family even more options.
Key dates and application guidelines
Important information and key dates for the 2021 Gifted and Talented intake.
All students applying for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET).
Children with exceptional academic ability have the opportunity to engage in an intellectually stimulating learning environment.
Children with an aptitude for learning new languages have the opportunity to develop their language skills to an advanced level.
Children have the opportunity to shine in these innovative and challenging arts programs.
Students from country WA
Children with exceptional abilities from country Western Australia have access to the Gifted and Talented Program.
Champion your child's talent
Gifted and Talented Minister information
Earlier this year, the Minister for Education and Training asked the Department to map out the Gifted and Talented programs currently offered at schools across the State.
When planning for a selective entrance program the Department considers a range of factors including:
- geographical location
- proximity to transport options
- availability of appropriate facilities
- capacity to absorb students from outside the local intake area
- availability of sufficient eligible students to maintain a viable program at new and existing host schools
- the school’s capacity to deliver a high quality program.
The final decision as to where and when a new Gifted and Talented program might open is made by the Minister for Education and Training, based on advice of the Department of Education.
Gifted and Talented scholarships
Children who will participate in a Gifted and Talented Academic Program in 2020 can apply for the Olive A Lewis Scholarship.
Children suited to selective programs should be able to perform well ahead of children of the same age.
Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC)
The PEAC program is a part-time withdrawal program for Year 5 and 6 students in public schools.
City Beach Residential College
Home away from home for Gifted and Talented students from the country.