SEAL Program

Why a SEAL Academy School?

Educators have long known of the benefits of grouping together high achieving students and providing a program suited to their learning needs. Initially, the Department of Education introduced the SEAL program into a limited number of Victorian schools in 1995. In 2014 these schools joined together to form the Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools. There are currently 40 schools across the state accredited to run a SEAL program. Schools belonging to the SEAL Academy are regularly audited to ensure they maintain high standards of teacher professional development, academic rigour and pastoral care.

What does SEAL look like at Fairhills?

Each year Fairhills High School offers places in one SEAL class at Year 7. Students accepted into the SEAL program learn curriculum at a faster pace and with less repetition than the mainstream classes. The emphasis is on work that is designed to be challenging and stimulating. This approach aims to develop higher order thinking skills and foster independent learning. This leads to the SEAL class being able to cover the Year 7-9 curriculum in two years instead of the normal three. This allows students to be able to undertake many more VCE Units in their senior years than are available through the conventional pathway from Years 7-12. For some students this may even include the opportunity to undertake university enhancement subjects in their final year of high school.

I think my child may be suited to the SEAL program. What can I do now?

Most students enter the SEAL program at Year 7. However, we will offer limited places for additional students to join the program at Year 10.


SEAL students must sit an examination and attend an interview. Grade 6 students apply in Term 2 for the following year.


To apply please complete the SEAL Application form and return to Fairhills High School along with the $50 application fee.


Please note: further information regarding session times will be available on this website closer to the testing date.


SEAL Application PDF

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Fairhills High School is an inclusive and welcoming community where our students feel inspired to achieve their very best. The school offers a coeducational diverse learning experience for students from Year 7 through to Year 12. Our students are supported by talented and dedicated  staff who love what they do and know how to bring out the best in each individual. Learn what makes Fairhills High School unique by exploring our website or contacting us.

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