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Academic Program of Excellence

Academic Program of Excellence
Forest Lake State High School’s Academic Program of Excellence offers students unique learning experiences through engagement with creative and critical higher order thinking skills.  The program extends students beyond classroom curriculum through Project Based Learning, focussing on eSTEAM and humanities based tasks.  Students also have an opportunity to undertake a Janus elective, where psychological theories and concepts of everyday life are investigated, preparing students for senior psychology pathways.



The Academic Program of Excellence aims to develop lifelong learners by providing a rigorous, challenging and supportive learning environment with opportunities to participate in enrichment and extension activities. Curiosity, inquiry, creativity and critical thinking are tools to develop the scholarly behaviours of an Academic Program of Excellence learner.  The program strives to develop a global mindset in our students whilst developing compassion and empathy, promoting respect within our school, the community and beyond.
Selection Criteria
Offering of Academic Program of Excellence placement is on the condition of:
  • undertaking a placement test;
  • a referee report from previous school;
  • a review of students’ previous academic and behavioural reports,   standardised testing results and extra-curricular participation.
Please note, student’s capacity to fulfil the conditions of enrolment will be reviewed quarterly.
Entry Requirements
Interested students are invited to undertake academic testing during Year 6.
Conditions of Enrolment
Students enrolled in the Academic Program of Excellence must:
  • fulfil the requirements of the Academic Program of Excellence contract;
  • maintain their academic achievement;
  • show a genuine commitment and dedication to all aspects of the Academic Program of Excellence, including participation in competitions and programs available exclusively to students, such as Entrepreneurs for Tomorrow program: and
  • consistently demonstrate our PRIDE expectations of being Prepared, Respectful, Inclusive, Dedicated and Engaged in all aspects of school life.
Additional costs may be incurred for excursions/incursions throughout the program.
External Partnerships

Forest Lake State High School works extensively with other educational providers to develop unique opportunities for its students, including partnerships with a range of universities within the greater Brisbane area. 


For further information please contact Tammy Baart, Head of Department, Teacher and Learning  on 3714 2333  or