Our College operates a successful Learning Support program from Prep - Year 10, that is staffed by trained Teachers, aides and occasional parent helpers. Our aim in Learning Support is to identify developmental issues as early as possible, and to work with children and their parents to address problem areas. The early identification of developmental needs is fundamental to implementing a successful strategy of support, for any Hillcrest student who needs it.
Junior Learning Community
The Early Intervention Program occurs during the early years in our Junior Learning Community, and once concerns are identified, the student is assessed and offered either a Learning Support program at Hillcrest, or referred to an external professional.
Our Reading Rediscovery support program begins in Year 1 for students who need additional help with reading development. We partner with parents to ensure the success of the program, and continue supporting each student for as long as necessary. If a child requires support beyond the Reading Rediscovery program, we provide additional programs on a needs basis.
RWI Language Program
The RWI Language Program is available for Years 1 - 3 students who require language support, with small group tutoring also available to Year 4 students.
Standardised language and maths tests occur in Years 4 – 6, and are used to monitor students' learning development and comprehension over time. Students who are identified as having exceptionally high levels of understanding, may be included in our Gifted & Talented programs, while students with lower levels may be offered a relevant support program.
Children with disabilities are assessed for inclusion on the EAP system, where the appropriate level of support can be given through the assistance of Teacher aides, providing the student with access to classroom learning and the opportunity to reach their academic potential.
Senior Learning Community
Standardised Language and Maths Tests
These tests are administered in Years 7 – 9 to help teachers identify students who may require additional assistance. In-class assistance from Learning Support staff is timetabled in mainstream classes, and is arranged on an individual basis.
Modified Learning Programs
These programs are implemented within the mainstream program, and offered to students who require small adaptations in order to participate meaningfully in mainstream classes (both compulsory and elective).
Alternate Learning Programs
These programs are provided to a very small number of students who are unable to successfully participate in mainstream core programs.
Children with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are supported under the Education Adjustment Program (EAP), which includes a process to identify and respond to the educational needs of students. Adjustments are made for students with disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life. This process consists of an ongoing cycle of data collection, planning, program development, intervention, documentation, profiles, evaluation and review.