WHILE Naracoorte High School's class of 2013 moves on, next year's senior students are already getting a head start on their Year 12 studies.
For a number of years now a program has been in place to give the Year 11 teens an opportunity to experience what their final school year will be like before it starts.
They participated in a two day conference in the Naracoorte Town Hall to relax, have some fun and prepare for 2014.
They have then attended about a week of formal Year 12 lessons.
Senior school coordinator Emily Griggs said it was a way to give the students their best shot at success.
"They get their textbooks, assessments they can work on in the holidays and a basic idea of what subjects they will be doing," she said.
"They get to understand the subjects, and get to know their teachers and peers in their class.
"I believe it's beneficial otherwise we wouldn't do it. They get to experience the true purpose of what Year 12 means - dedication, hard work and that sort of stuff."
Year 11 student Taylah Pomery said she thought it was a good idea to get a head start.
"We can see how the subjects are going to be before next year and if we enjoy what we're doing then we're able to find that out earlier."
Taylah has hopes to get into journalism when she finishes school and said she was excited for the challenges of Year 12.
"I'm not that worried about it...I like all the classes I've chosen."
Classmate Brad Hill also agreed it was a positive thing.
Wanting to have a career in renewable energy, he was most worried about exams at the end of the year.
"I think having a head start on our subjects will help though."