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.

Selection into the IGNITE program:

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.
Each year Aberfoyle Park High School accepts approximately 50 students through this process. The assessment is open to students in Year 7 or exceptionally gifted and mature Year 6 students for entry into Year 8.
Students that have been selected into the IGNITE program are guaranteed direct entry into Aberfoyle Park High School, regardless of whether they live in the zone.

IGNITE Selection for 2020 Entry 

Our selection process for 2020 is currently in progress. If you have received a letter requesting an interview, please click the link below: 

IGNITE 2020 Candidate Interviews

For further information about the program, please contact the school on 8270 4455 or via email at  ignite@aphs.sa.edu.au