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Acceleration in Stage 5 courses

ACE 4028

Last Updated: 18 December 2023

Decisions about the acceleration of individual students will be made by principals.

Students may accelerate in all courses (grade advancement), in one course or in many courses.

Acceleration must be based on the principle of compression of work, not omission of work. Students who accelerate in one or more courses must achieve the required outcomes of the courses, but in a shorter time frame (ie one or more years in advance of their cohort).

In Years 7–12, acceleration must occur in the highest level course within the key learning area or subject. In Stage 5, students may accelerate into any course available, but students accelerating in mathematics must complete Advanced and Extension Paths. See ACE 8043 for Stage 6 courses in each key learning area that students may accelerate in.

An accelerating student may be permitted to repeat a course in which they have been accelerated, although this would not be the expectation.