Select Entry Accelerated Learning

Emerald Secondary College is an accredited SEAL School.

ESC is committed to providing academic excellence to all students. As part of this aim, the College has been continuing to grow and develop the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program since its inception in 2008. This program provides a high-quality accelerated curriculum for a select group of students with high intellectual potential. The central aim of the SEAL program is to provide educational experiences of an appropriate type and quality for that group of children, identified through the selection procedures, as having exceptional academic ability. These students are capable of high academic performance and will benefit from an accelerated and enriched learning program.

The SEAL program provides:

  •  A faster paced curriculum with less repetition
  • Greater analysis of abstract, complex concepts
  • A higher level of investigative, problem solving and creative thinking skills
  •  An academically challenging learning environment

This exciting and unique learning environment will challenge students to achieve their full potential. A comprehensive curriculum has been designed to enrich, engage and develop higher order thinking skills. Students will also have the opportunity to accelerate VCE subjects providing them with the opportunity to increase their ATAR by completing more VCE studies.

Students will be intellectually challenged through an academic program tailored to their ability. The SEAL Coordinator and a team of supporting teachers will monitor academic progress to ensure that the curriculum caters to their specific learning needs. This is a highly stimulating and challenging program that is designed to give the maximum opportunity to students who possess enthusiasm and above average ability.

SEAL Application Process 2024

Only students who have applied for AND accepted a place in mainstream enrolment at Emerald Secondary College are eligible to apply for the SEAL program.


Applicants for the SEAL Program need to follow the process outlined below:

1.    Apply for enrolment at Emerald Secondary College through the application form provided by their primary school.

2.    Accept offer of enrolment when received from Emerald Secondary College

3.    Register to attend the SEAL Testing Day at Emerald Secondary College on Monday 10 September, 2024


Please note:

  • Bookings will OPEN on Friday 9 August, 2024
  • Booking will CLOSE on Monday 26 August, 2024


Download a SEAL Application Form (coming soon)


Note: a $95 testing fee will be payable at the time of application.  

Confirmation of times and further details about the Testing Day will be provided to applicants after 26th August, but prior to the Testing Day.


To accompany the application applicants will need to provide:

  • A copy of their 2024 mid-year Grade 6 report
  • Grade 5 NAPLAN results
  • Completed application forms


After the testing has been completed and the applications reviewed (including the Grade 6 report, NAPLAN results and application forms) applicants will be selected to progress to the individual interview stage and will be required to attend an interview at Emerald Secondary College with members of our SEAL teaching team.


Applicants will be notified after the Testing Day of further details of the interview process. Interviews to be held late September – early October, 2024.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 5968 5388.

The Emerald Secondary College SEAL Program is endorsed by the Department of Education and Training, and complies with the guidelines for SEAL programs.

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