High Capacity


Program Overview 

Capalaba State College (CSC) is based on the Redlands Coast, and the High Capacity Program reaches students far beyond the local area. 

High Capacity at Capalaba State College is our specialised program designed to meet the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students aged eight and above. It allows students to engage in a tailored learning pathway implemented using the Australian Curriculum and taught online, from home and face-to-face learning onsite at Capalaba State College.  

This combination of learning environments is particularly suited to the needs of gifted or twice-exceptional children who require an individualised approach to schooling. Intellectual growth is a socially constructed process. Gifted students gain much from interacting with like-minded peers to discuss, experiment, inquire and hypothesise to reach their full potential as learners. ​

Teachers experienced with gifted students lead classes for gifted students by implementing an inquiry learning approach. Their teaching incorporates researched back pedagogy practices that combine theories from Deep Learning (Michael Fullan) and The Power of Inquiry (Kath Murdoch).  

What is High Capacity? 

Our Vision: 

To meet the needs of gifted or twice-exceptional students who cannot reach their potential in a mainstream classroom setting. We achieve this through an individualised learning environment that encourages all students to reach their maximum potential through a learning partnership between home and school.  

Our goals: 

To create an environment where teaching is differentiated and tracked to meet the needs of all learners, where students can take risks while being supported socially, emotionally and academically, progressing at a rate that maintains engagement in learning.  

Our Beliefs: 

To combine various research-based proven methods to create this environment. These methods include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Deep Learning  

  • Inquiry Learning 

  • Trauma-informed practice 

  • Neuroscience of learning 

Our Values: 

All staff in the High Capacity Program believe the following values support the education of each student: 

  • Creativity/Challenge 

  • Trust/Growth

  • Achievement/Success

  • Communication/Respect 

How do we do this? 

There are four elements of learning design in High Capacity derived from Deep Learning to ensure that we meet all learners' needs. 

Creating a digital citizen (21st-century skills innovation learning through a digital platform):

This platform goes beyond the use of an app or digital learning program. For example, the High Capacity Program has intended learning opportunities that allow students to critically assess, discover and create new knowledge in innovative digital ways.  

  • Students will experience a combined approach to curriculum delivery. Students will learn and collaborate at home through online learning platforms, engaging in authentic learning experiences and online programs.  

  • Students will use digital devices to collaborate and design solutions to real-world problems.  

  • Combine these skills with traditional learning techniques to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through a connected curriculum.  

Pedagogical delivery (project-based inquiries that build curiosity):  

Learning experiences go beyond classroom walls. Whilst there is a level of flexibility to learning within the program, experiences that teachers provide will be assessed against the Australian Curriculum against year-level expectations unless students are on an ICP (individual curriculum program). 

  • Students will experience learning opportunities built from research-based pedagogies that combine proven and emerging practices.  

  • Teachers will collaborate to provide an Individual Learning Plan to support students' academic goals. 

Learning Partnerships (learning beyond the classrooms that incorporate experts in various fields to support learning):

Building partnerships in learning makes experiences more authentic and creates connections that can lead to broader learning experiences for students and staff. 

Learning in the High Capacity Program is a partnership between home, school and the wider community.  

  • Students and teachers look for opportunities to engage experts and parents to provide knowledge and skills from the global world. 

  • Students' voice is critical to driving learning. As co-designers, it allows for ownership of pathways students can take to demonstrate their understanding.  

Learning Environments (building a school and community learning environment that supports flexible learning styles and opportunities):  

Learning in a supportive environment allows students to experience risk-taking in a safe and controlled way with purpose. The goal of the High Capacity Program is for students to collaborate with their peers, ask meaningful questions and pursue their passions in a supported environment.  

  • Students build relationships with their teachers, parents and experts to expand their thinking connections to the global world. 

  • It opens the potential to use relationships as an accelerator of learning.  


The home-based component of the program: 

Each child receives a one-on-one check-in each week. The teacher will guide each child on what they should be working on, explaining any concepts or tasks with which the student is struggling. After initial testing to ascertain their current level, students use several online and print-based resources to facilitate learning at home. Activities include hands-on activities, worksheets, videos, tasks to perform in Education Perfect, instructions for textbook work or teacher notes to read.  

There are also opportunities for a Collaboration Space for students to share their work. For example, in the Arts Notebook, the Collaboration Space contains The Art Gallery, where students can upload visual artworks they wish to share and The Concert Hall, where they can upload a video of performances, e.g. singing, dancing, playing, an instrument etc.  

Each child has a private space in each Notebook where they post work completed at home for the teacher to mark and give feedback.  

Students may also work on a Personal Passion Project while at home. 

The teacher may allocate some time for this during on-campus days. ​

The on-campus component of the program: 

Students may attend some practical specialist lessons, as well as the activities in the table above. In addition, accommodating students of high school age with specialist lessons is a particular focus. 

Who best suits the program? 

The program best suits a student with a high level of intelligence and a preference for learning in a flexible environment. Identifying intelligence should be done through IQ or another formal standardised test. Evidence of this can be provided during an enrolment meeting or conducted at Capalaba State College before acceptance.  

What are a parent's expectations during the at-home component of the program? 

As three days of the program are conducted from home, parent engagement in the learning process is vital. Parents are encouraged to attend the weekly check-in meetings to maintain alignment of learning across the two environments. In addition, parents are expected to help maintain routines and meet timelines for submitting work completed at home.  

How will the Curriculum meet the ne​​​​​eds of my child? 

On enrolment into the High Capacity Program, students are given a range of standardised tests to establish a baseline where teachers will work with students and their families to construct and personalised learning plan. This plan will identify goals to be worked on that align with students' abilities and the Australian Curriculum.  

What is the enrolment process? 

Parents can make enrolment inquiries through our website

Once submitted, the formal enrolment process will begin.  

If you would like further information about the program, don't hesitate to get in touch with our school office at (07) 3823 9111 ​

Last reviewed 19 December 2022
Last updated 19 December 2022