The Horizons Academy at Balmoral State High School challenges students to develop and apply skills in divergent and critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, innovation and creativity, and effective communication.
The individual talents of each student in the academy are nurtured by our specialist trained teachers. The academy is supported by a rigorous curriculum that encourages students to become leaders in their field, and active members of their community.
Our Horizons Academy provides learning experiences beyond the mainstream classroom. The academy, beginning in Year 7, focuses on extension programs such as the IMPACT critical thinkers program. Students then participate in project-based learning, which will develop the students ability to transfer their knowledge and
apply it in real world situations.
The Horizons Academy offers:
• Curriculum extension with the development of higher order thinking, creative problem solving, critical thinking skills, and transfer application of skills to range of subjects areas and texts.
• Project-based learning using the inquiry approach, which enables independence and self-directed learning, allowing students to explore specific areas of passion.
• Increased exposure to a wider variety of academic opportunities, activities and
challenges that provide deeper insight into the content being learnt in the classroom. This includes a range of excursions and academic competitions and challenges.
All students are expected to demonstrate commitment to the program and their role within the team. Acceptance in the program, means students agree to balance their schoolwork with their team tasks.
Students meet weekly to discuss projects, thoughts and topics. Activities and interesting projects, and even future internships, are potential outcomes of membership of this program.