Elevate - Program for Gifted and Talented Students


A heavily supported and vastly challenging environment for a select group of capable learners.                         

Elevate students are highly committed to their academic, personal and social achievement.

In this program, students have access to fewer teachers, for longer periods of time. Our experienced and innovative staff will support students to engage in deep, complex learning experiences across multiple aspects of the Victorian Curriculum. Immersed in studies of deep learning, Elevate students are challenged to use deep and logical thinking to solve problems focused on key global issues and contexts. Elevate students play an active role in developing their capacity to learn, consistently obtaining and evaluating evidence of their learning growth. In conjunction with their teachers, students shape future learning tasks and seek and accept feedback offered by their peers and teachers. 

The unique structure of our Elevate program provides accelerated pathways for students as they seek continued success in future education and training endeavours. The integration of Elevate units enables students to develop creativity and to find innovative solutions to problems. The Elevate students are proficient users of technology as they capture, create and communicate their knowledge and ideas to others.

Active and informed, our Elevate students seek to have a positive impact on their peers and local and global community.

Key Information:

Registrations close: 8th May, 2020

Entrance examination fee: $83.00 – payable via the Elevate - EduTest registration page.

Elevate entrance exam: Saturday 16th May, 2020 – 9.00 am at Altona College


Application Process:
Please carefully follow the following steps detailing the application and selection process for Year 7 Elevate in 2021.

Stage one:

1. Attend the College open evening: Thursday 26th March 2020, at Altona College. (POSTPONED)

2. Register for the Elevate entrance exam (EduTest) here: https://aus.edutest.com.au/D/?t=03MK6394

3. EduTest registrations close on Wednesday 8th May, 2020. Late fees apply after this date and no application will be considered without timely completion of the entrance exam.

4. Apply for placement at Altona College via the state schools transition form available from your primary school early in term 2, or via our College office. Please note that students who do not apply for placement at Altona College may not be eligible for placement in the Elevate program.

5. Sit the Elevate entrance exam on Saturday 16th May – Exam time will be confirmed by EduTest once registration is paid.

Stage two:

6. While the standard state schools placement process is underway, entrance exam data will be evaluated and student candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

7. Parents will be informed by email as to whether or not their child has been shortlisted for interview.

8. If successful in obtaining an interview criteria  may include, but may not be limited to:
  1. Academic ability
  2. School engagement
  3. Social, ethical and interpersonal capabilities
  4. Community engagement
  5. Social, ethical and interpersonal capabilities
  6. Personal interests, passion or experiences

Stage three:

9. Offers for general enrolment at Altona College will be published according to the DET timeline, via the primary school where applicable.

10. Offers for placement in the Elevate program will be made as soon as possible, after the DET timeline allows placement in special entry programs (generally 1-2 days after the general enrolment offer).

11. If successful, you will have a 2 week period to secure your placement, before it is passed over to another eligible candidate.

12. Once placement is secured, candidates will be invited to the Year 7 induction evening.

Please note:

1. Students who have registered to complete another EduTest entrance exam at other schools will sit the first available test only.

2. Payment must be made via the EduTest portal for each school that testing data will be supplied to.

3. Completion of the entrance examination does not guarantee entry, further information about entrance criteria will be provided at the Elevate information evening.