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Academic Excellence Academy

Mackay State High School has a rich history in exemplary Academic performance.  For the benefit of like-ability students the school offers high achievers the opportunity to apply for a position in the Academic Excellence Academy.
Students in the Academic Excellence Academy will participate in the National Curriculum for core subjects, but will also have the opportunity to extend beyond this with a range of rich and inspiring tasks and activities designed to challenge and extend them. 
Students in the Academy in Year 7 exist as an identifiable class and will then transition into Years 8 and 9 where they will study the core subject areas as an ongoing part of the Academic Excellence Program. 
Academy students will be invited to participate in a range of extra curricula activities, excursions, external tests and national competitions. 
To be considered for entry to the Academic Excellence Academy students need to have demonstrated high levels of performance in Primary School and in external national testing (NAPLAN).  In addition, students will need to submit a written application and sit for an entrance exam in Literacy and Numeracy.  The Application process takes place each year in Term 3.
Ongoing participation in the Academic Excellence Academy is determined through continued high academic performance and exemplary effort and behaviour.  To maintain enrolment in the Academy students must meet the expectations set out in the Student Agreement and consistently demonstrate a high commitment to all aspects of school life.  Academy students must embrace the school’s core values of Pride, Respect, Dedication and Consideration. 
NOTE:  It is an expectation that Academic Excellence Students participate in the BYOX program.