cdu school scholars program

CDU School Scholars Program

The Charles Darwin University School Scholars Program (CDUSSP) is designed to both enrich and extend the provision of educational opportunities for high achieving senior secondary students and celebrate their successes. The CDUSSP is a new initiative offered through CDU to advance opportunities for high achieving senior students to explore and experience pathways to university degree programs and research, in one or more disciplines, aligned to their strengths and interests.

The CDUSSP aims to;

  • deliver academic and  career  pathway opportunities and outcomes for senior secondary students in the Northern Territory o through the alignment of school, higher education, and industry sector resources and expertise; 
  • familiarise students with the educational facilities at CDU and promote tertiary education in the Northern Territory; 
  • contribute to teacher professional  development  in deeper subject content possibilities and differentiated learning provision for high ability students; 
  • provide Advance Standing (university credit points) to senior years students for NTCET subjects they are undertaking. 

High achieving senior students are identified through NT Department of Education student data and formally invited by Charles Darwin University to enrol as CDUSSP members (through their schools or colleges).

Please note, the CDUSSP is not open for enrolment to all students. This program is only open to students on official invite by the NT Department of Education.

Students are offered extended learning opportunities based on areas of interest aligned to CDU faculty careers and supported by CDUSSP mentors in a connected learning network. CDUSSP Alumni members will be encouraged to become mentors for future CDUSSP students.

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SSP Mentor

Two students involved in the mentorship program. 

Teachers of high achieving senior years’ students are provided with opportunities to network and engage in professional learning to increase their capacity to provide enriched, accelerated and differentiated learning experiences for their senior college students.

Two teachers talking about their students and looking at who the program best serves.

Senior students who participate in the CDUSSP are recognised as members of the Alumni of Charles Darwin University School Scholars encouraging strong lifelong connections to the University, to participate in university events, receive updates as they develop their careers. 

Two senior students who participate in the CDUSSP 



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