IGNITE Program for Gifted Children

IGNITE Program for Gifted Children

Aberfoyle Park High School is the official Department for Education (DfE) school for gifted students in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide. DfE provides extra resources for the innovative IGNITE program designed to cater for the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted students.

The IGNITE Program at Aberfoyle Park High School allows students to:

  • work on a curriculum designed specifically for gifted learners.
  • be immersed in classes with their intellectual peers.
  • accelerate at a rate appropriate to their ability.
  • have access to enrichment activities and programs.

Features of the IGNITE program:

  • The IGNITE courses are designed with a focus on developing capabilities such as: intercultural and ethical understanding, self-management and social awareness, and critical and creative thinking.
  • Aberfoyle Park High School teachers have been trained in gifted education and design curriculum specifically for highly-able learners.
  • An ethos and environment which fosters the success of gifted students.
  • A history of academic success.



Students are selected for entry into the IGNITE Program through an ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) assessment which is held once per year in February. Based on the results of this test, further assessment of suitability may be involved.

Year 7 students: Any student in Year 7 at the time of the assessment is eligible to sit

Year 6 students: Please note that students can only sit once for the assessment. If the student sits for the assessment in Year 6, then they cannot sit again in Year 7.

Year 8 students are not eligible to sit this assessment.

The selection test
The assessment comprises four parts: Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Mathematical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.
Please download the Candidate Information Booklet here for further information about the selection test.

Registration for the selection test has now closed

Registrations close: Monday 17 February 2020
Registration fee: $125 for non-school card holders
Selection entry test date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Examination location: Aberfoyle Park High School, STEM Centre

For further information, please click here to download our brochure.