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​The aim of the Park Ridge State High School Academic Excellence Program (IGNITE) is to develop lifelong learners with digital literacies and 21st century skills that will prepare them for the careers of the future.  This is achieved through an innovative approach to teaching and learning built to meet the needs of the extension learner and provide this student with the skills to meet the demands of a complex technology based global workforce. The program provides the learner with unique and engaging learning opportunities that provide a divergent approach to the mainstream curriculum.   

IGNITE is designed to provide a clear pathway for students who are committed to academic endeavours and the pursuit of a university education. Our curriculum encourages students to:

  • Engage in unique learning opportunities and challenging work environments

  • Use enhanced critical thinking skills

  • Explore project based learning tasks

  • Develop collaborative partnerships and a team ethos

  • Become conversant and competent in the integration of technology

  • Reach their potential through guided individual learning pathways  

Students in the program will study all core subjects (Maths, Science, History and English) in a streamed class of high achieving students until the end of year 9 or as long as they maintain program requirements.    

Instrumental music students also have the benefit of guaranteed entry into our Instrumental Music Excellence Program (IMEX) upon successful entry into the IGNITE program.  

·        One to one laptop program, enabling all students to learn through ICTs in every subject
·        Rigorous blended learning program
·        Competitions and challenges
·        Community projects
·        Automatic invitation to Park Ridge Master Classes