ALPHA (Advanced Learning Program for High Achievers) caters for high potential learners across all curriculum areas. Typically our ALPHA students show advanced academic development, a capacity for a fast pace of learning and a higher level of achievement. It enables like-minded and highly motivated students to be stimulated in a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Students are invited to undertake a rigorous selection process during Grade 6 with testing in numeracy, literacy, writing, logic and reasoning. This is complemented by the provision of a student profile, developed with the cooperation of the student’s primary school teacher.

It is our specific intention that ALPHA students should strive for educational excellence and develop high levels of creativity along with an extended capacity for complex problem solving. Importantly we also help them to develop their interpersonal skills of resilience, leadership, empathy and perseverance. We support them to continue as highly engaged and motivated students so that the foundations are there for outstanding performance in VCE. Acceleration in the study of Mathematics enables our ALPHA students to begin their VCE Mathematics plus a further VCE study of their choice in Year 10.

ALPHA classes are supplemented by opportunities for students to become involved in other programs that enable them to develop their gifts, thereby enriching and balancing their learning. Such opportunities exist in sports teams, drama, the Music Program, debating, student leadership and assisting in the organisation of ALPHA events.

Please see the attached parent/student information for more details about ALPHA.

Information about the ALPHA entrance test

How are students selected to be in the program at Year 7?

Students in the program have been selected by completing tests in numeracy, literacy, writing and logic and reasoning. Edutest currently administers the tests. Students are offered places following an analysis of the test results. Other information about the student is also required such as copies of NAPLAN results and the grade 5 school report.

The ALPHA curriculum is delivered at a fast pace and topics are covered in greater depth. Mathematics is accelerated in that ALPHA students complete four years of Maths in three years.


Parents will have received notification about selection into ALPHA in writing, in accordance with the Department of Education Transition Timeline. Students must be accepted for enrolment at East Doncaster Secondary College for Year 7 2021 to be eligible to sit the testing for  ALPHA selection.

Please note that in considering applications for East Doncaster Secondary College for 2021 we will follow The Department of Education and Training Priority of Placement.

The Edutest will take place on Saturday 5 September 2020 after the completion of the transition process and parents have been notified of successful placement in to East Doncaster Secondary College.

Please contact Karen Boyle at the College if you have any further queries regarding ALPHA.