Accelerated STEM Program

The Accelerated STEM Program supports students to complete their middle schooling in two years with a strong focus on inquiry and integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.

The program seeks to develop futures-orientated capabilities and extend creative, higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Teachers embrace challenge-based learning approaches that promote inquiry, collaboration and connections with the local and global communities.

Features of the Accelerated STEM Program:

  • Students will have the opportunity to complete their secondary education in at least four years
  • Motivated, high-achieving students are able to work with their intellectual and social peers in the same STEM class
  • Students participating in the Accelerated STEM class will undertake a range of subjects together that are all underpinned by a connection through STEM and interdisciplinary learning. There is a strong focus on problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
  • The school has a proud tradition of academic excellence and graduates achieve outstanding results in high-end STEM subjects.

Student Commitment

It is expected that students involved in the Accelerated STEM Program will:

  • Engage and commit for the two years
  • Intend completing SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) at Norwood Morialta High School
  • Intend studying senior Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subjects
  • Participate in national competitions, STEM related extension activities and excursions
  • Contribute to the school’s wider co-curricular activities and leadership programs
  • Uphold the school’s values and actively promote the program to the wider school community.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Accelerated STEM Program is aligned to the Australian Curriculum requirements and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years framework. All subjects reflect interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on three STEM pathways including: aeronautics, environmental science and sustainability, computer science and engineering, as well as integrating authentic industry and community links.

The selected Accelerated STEM students are placed together in a designated class and engage in all classes together except Languages, where they will be able to choose from the 5 languages offered at Norwood Morialta High School. They have a STEM trained teacher allocated to provide mentoring to meet individual student’s needs.  Teachers are specially selected to teach in this program, undertake action research and are committed to implementing the best of current proven teaching and learning methodologies. The program and learning experiences are enhanced by our partnerships with local industry and academic partners.

An overview of the Accelerated STEM interdisciplinary curriculum includes:

STEM 1 (Year 1) STEM 2 (Year 2)
Science Science
STEM (Technology with STEM focus) STEM (Technology with STEM focus)
Mathematics Mathematics
English English
Humanities Humanities (Environmental focus)
Language Choice* Language Choice*
PE/STEAM (Multimedia/Design/CAD) PE/STEAM (Multimedia/Design/CAD)
The Year 10 IBMYP Personal Project and Stage One Personal Learning Plan will be undertaken in extended PLG time and off-line with the support of teacher mentors.

*Students will be able to choose from Chinese, German, Greek, Italian and Japanese

Pathways beyond the Accelerated STEM Program

The school supports students to personalise their learning pathways after completion of the first 2 years of the program. Students will have the option to continue their STEM studies through the following pathways:

Pathway Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Traditional Year 10 SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage
STEM X Year 10 and Stage 1 STEM Subjects (Sciences, Mathematics and Digital Technology) SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects SACE Stage 2 and Headstart (Application based University courses)
Accelerated SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage 2
Flexi SACE Stage 1 SACE Stage 2 (3 Subjects) SACE Stage 2 (3 Subjects)

 

NMHS has a strong focus on internationalism and recognises that STEM industries depend on language and ethical, social and cultural understanding of global issues. STEM students may have an opportunity to engage in international STEM learning experiences both virtually and in person. The Accelerated STEM Program is further enhanced through participation of the school’s diverse enrichment programs and national competitions. Please view the school’s extensive range of extra-curricular activities.

Benefits for Students

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Accelerated STEM Program
  • The opportunity to study subjects with students who have similar interests and abilities
  • The opportunity to be mentored by specially selected and qualified staff in a vibrant learning environment. Each student is mentored and receives an individualised learning plan.
  • Be supported to develop an improved understanding, self-efficacy and appreciation of STEM
  • Engagement in a range of STEM competitions, activities and clubs to extend creative and critical thinking skills
  • Completion of secondary schooling in four years or through a personalised pathway.

The Accelerated STEM program fee is an additional $50 annually (in STEM 1 and STEM 2).

Selection Process:

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes:

  1. Participation in the ACER test from 1.00pm, Friday 7 May 2021 at the Senior Campus. Online Registration is required by Tuesday 27 April 2021.

A payment of $80 to sit the ACER test. School card families are requested to contact the school for reduced payment details. Please register here.

  1. Submission of the Online Application form with support documentation by 4.00pm Monday 17th May 2021.

 This online application includes

    • The Student Introduction form
    • A parent supporting statement
    • The online Teacher Supporting Statement. Students will need to arrange for their teacher to submit this form available here.
    • Year 6 (and 7) school reports
    • Certificates where appropriate, including:
      • Achievement in state and national competitions (e.g. UNSW, Westpac, etc)
    • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
    • Any other relevant certificates or media presentations (e.g. photos, videos, slideshow) to support the application.
  1. Finalisation of selection process by early June 2021.

Please ensure the online applicaiton form is submitted by no later than 4:00pm Monday 17 May 2021. You may direct enquiries to dl.0787.stemspecialentry@schools.sa.edu.au 

Contact Information
Chris Felstead or Jacqui van Ruiten
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)