Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program

Lilydale High School has offered a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program since 1994.  Lilydale is a foundation member of the Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools.

What is SEAL?

Victorian Government secondary schools have been operating specific programs at authorised schools for gifted students since 1980. These have been known as Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) schools. The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (TAASS) has been established to maintain this tradition to enable groups of like minded students to develop academically, socially and emotionally. The SEAL Academy follows Gagné’s model for the definition of gifted and talented students.

Lilydale High School has always demonstrated an active interest in curriculum development which facilitates excellent outcomes for all students. To better address the needs of students who demonstrate above-average ability, high levels of task commitment and high levels of creativity, a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program was implemented in 1994, the second such program to be implemented in Victoria.

Gifted and Talented Students

Giftedness is a natural ability in one or more areas, while talent refers to an outstanding performance in one or more areas. The educational environment is an important factor in harnessing giftedness into talent.

Entrance Exams

To gain entry into the SEAL program of a SEAL Academy school, students must achieve high performance results in an entrance exam. Students who wish to undertake the SEAL program at Lilydale High School must sit for the entrance test the year before.

Testing for the 2022 Program has been completed.

Testing for the 2023 program will be announced in 2022.

To guarantee your child’s place in the test, all application forms, payment and supporting material must be received at the School Office by the due date.  The cost for the test is $30.

For details of the application forms please see the ‘Application Forms & Supporting Material‘ page.


Compared to other children your child’s age, does your child:

  • Reason well?
  • Learn rapidly?
  • Have strong curiosity and persevere in their interests?
  • Have a great sense of humour?
  • Read avidly?
  • Have a strong sense of justice?

These are just some of the characteristics of the highly able child.

If you think your son or daughter fits most of these criteria, then the Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program may be a suitable educational option for your child.

Curriculum Provision 

A six-year program, our Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program offers a curriculum which:

  • Gives students the essential opportunity to work with their intellectual peers
  • Provides the opportunity to explore more abstract, complex and in-depth content
  • Enables students to function independently at their academic level
  • Covers content at a pace suitable for these students, without unnecessary repetition
  • Fosters student learning and leadership skills
  • Offers further enrichment for students with high level skill in a particular academic field
  • Encourages participation in a wide range of extra curricula activities


Lilydale High School provides a high quality comprehensive curriculum across eight Key Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages, Technology, Arts and PASE.  Exposure to each of these Learning Areas is ensured at Years 7 – 10.

  • Levels 1 & 2 consist of core studies from all Key Learning Areas.
  • Level 3 consists of core and elective studies.
  • Level 4 consists of core and elective studies, including VCE subjects.
  • VCE operates within the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority.

Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program students are together as a discrete class in Levels 1 & 2.  They remain together for their Level 3 (Year 9) and Level 4 (Year 10) core subjects but mix with mainstream students in electives and VCE classes.  This eases the transition into their final two years, when SEALP students complete their VCE.

Select Entry Accelerated Learning students, when selecting their VCE program, will be able to draw from Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects. Students can also choose to enter the VCAL program during their final school years.

Although their academic program differs from that of the mainstream, all other school activities are available to SEALP students.  At all levels students are encouraged to participate in the wide range of enrichment activities, such as musical productions and bands, Year Level and other camps, sporting teams and academic competitions offered by the school.

Further Information

For further information about the Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program, please contact the school on 9735 5644.