How To Enter A Selective High School In Years 8-12

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Matrix Education

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Unlike the Year 7 selective school application, placements for students in Years 8 to 12 do not depend on a centralised program. Although there is a common application package for all schools, there is a separate application form which must be provided to each selective high school you choose.

Before submitting your application to the chosen selective high school, you should go to each school’s website and/or contact the school to find out the assessment requirements for entry to Years 8 to 12 and enrolment procedures. The number of vacancies at selective high schools will usually depend on the number of students who have left in the previous year. This number varies from academic year to year and from school to school. It is recommended that you contact the specific high school to determine the academic years in which places may be offered.

Important dates

23 July: Applications open

For 2016 application information for Years 8 to 12, please download the Application Package from the NSW Public Schools website.

  1. Complete a separate DEC Application Form for each selective high school you wish to apply for (up to a maximum of 3).
  2. Complete any extra forms requested by the school. School specific application forms can be found on the relevant school website. You will need to include photocopies of documentation that verify the information in your application.
  3. Submit each form to the relevant high school by the closing date (28 July 2015).

Please note that a non-refundable administration fee may be required by certain selective schools. This administration fee is required with the application and needs to be forwarded to the school at the time of the application.

28 July: Applications close

Completed application forms are to be submitted to the relevant selective high schools by this date.

August:

The selection committee may ask the student to take an entrance test. Schools that require you to sit this test will schedule it in the first week of August. A non refundable application fee

If successful, students may then be invited to an interview with a selection panel. A student’s involvement in extra and co-curricular programs as well as community activities are also considered.

August/September: Selection committee meets and considers applications

For each selective school, a selection committee will decide on which students they wish to offer a place to, and establish a reserve list in priority order on the basis of academic merit. The selection committee includes at least 2 people, including the high school principal and a parent representative. The committee may ask for further information or arrange for additional assessment procedures to be completed.

September/October: Notice of outcome 

You will be notified in writing about the outcome of your application.

To help you with the application process, we’ve started the research at some top ranking Selective Schools. We wish you the best of luck in securing a placement at a selective school in 2016.

School Name Grade accepted Entry Test? Application Procedures Fee
James Ruse Agricultural High School Years 8 – 10 No
  • Complete the DEC Application Form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Photocopies of all academic and co-curricular activities undertaken by the student over the past two years.
  • An internal school selection panel of educators evaluates applications.
  • Interviews may be held to determine outcomes.
$50
Year 11 Yes
  • In addition to the application, Year 11 students are required to sit an entrance test. Please see the school website for test details.
$50 + an extra $100 (for the entrance test)
Year 12 No
  • This school does not accept enrolments into the Year 12 academic year.
North Sydney Boys High School Years 8 – 11 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the North Sydney Boys High School ‘Applicant’s Summary of School Achievements’ form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Photocopies of reports and other supporting evidence
  • Sit an entrance test (comprising a writing Test and a maths test) is scheduled for the first week of August. Students are required to bring the ‘Entrance Test for Enrolment in 2016 Identification Form’ when they present for the test.
$100
Baulkham Hills High School Years 8 – 12 No
  • Complete the DEC Application Form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Latest half yearly academic report
    • Latest yearly academic report
    • NAPLAN results from Years 7 & 9
    • If applicable, copies of documents highlighting excellence in extra curricular activities in areas such as sport, competitions, community services or the arts may also be included.
  • Post the application directly to the school at 419a Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153.
$50
Sydney Boys High School Years 8 – 12 No
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the Sydney Boys High School application form.
  • Include support documents:
    • Copies of last two school reports
  • If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to support your claims with appropriate evidence.
  • The selection committee will consider:
    • Educational history of the student
    • Performance in academic competitions
    • Sporting interests and accomplishments
    • Co-curricular interests and abilities
    • Reasons for wishing to attend Sydney Boys High School
    • Availability of subjects/courses or combinations of these
    • Proximity and ease of access to the school
    • Compassionate circumstances
    • Siblings already enrolled in the school
    • Desire to access single sex education
    • Impact on local public comprehensive schools
    • Effects on local area selective classes in comprehensive schools
$80
North Sydney Girls High School Years 8 – 12 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the North Sydney Girls High School ‘Attachment to Application’ form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Latest academic reports and any other relevant information to North Sydney Girls High School.
  • If your first preference is North Sydney Girls High School, you will sit an entrance test (this includes a written test, reading, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning) at the school on Saturday 8 August 2015 at 9:30am. If your first preference is not North Sydney Girls High School, you will need to sit the test at the school you have nominated as your first preference.
  • The entrance test is just one component to determine your placement on the short list. An interview may be necessary.
  • The principal will then determine if an offer is to be made.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Academic merit based on entrance test results and documentation
    • Residence
    • Courses of study
    • Family Placement Claim
$100
Hornsby Girls High School Years 8 – 11 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status
  • If your first preference is Hornsby Girls High School, you will sit an entrance test at the school on Saturday 8 August 2015 at 9:30am. If your first preference is not Hornsby Girls High School, you will need to sit the test at the school you have nominated as your first preference. Your performance in the test will determine their placement on the waiting list for enrolment.
  • The student’s performance in the test will determine their placement on a short waiting list. If there are positions available, a school representative may invite applicants from the waiting list to an interview.
  • The principal will determine if an offer is to be made.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Academic Merit based on entrance test results
    • Residence
    • Courses of study
    • Family Placement Claim
$100
Sydney Technical High School Year 8-10 No
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the Sydney Technical High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • School reports (for this year and last year)
    • If applicable, documents proving academic excellence, music, public speaking, debating, performance, sport, leadership, school service, community service, competitions, reasons for selecting Sydney Technical High School, personal qualities, and other areas.
  • A panel will shortlist applicants for an interview.
  • Attend an interview.
No info
Year 11 Yes
  • As above.
  • In addition, applicants for Year 11 are also required to sit an entrance test on Monday 10 August 2015.
No info
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Years 8 – 12 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and Hulstone Agricultural High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • School reports
    • Certificates
    • Other evidence of achievement
  • Sit an entrance test at the school in August.
  • Based on the results achieved, students may be asked to attend an interview with a member of the school executive.
No info
Fort Street High School Years 8 – 11 No
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and Fort Street High School application form
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Handwritten English essay (maximum 500 words). Topic can be found on the Fort Street High School Application Form.
    • Copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate or Passport
    • Copies of latest school reports
    • Copies of evidence of recent participation in academic competitions and co-curricular activities
    • English, English Writing and Mathematics Competition results or other evidence of performance in literacy and numeracy
  • Applications are reviewed and a short list of the top twenty applications is formed. When a place is available, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and a place may be offered.
$30
Year 11 Yes
  • As above.
  • Applicants are also required to sit an entrance test (Maths and English) at the school on the Monday 3 August 2015 at 3:30PM. Applicants are priority shortlisted, based on test results. Students are required to bring their ‘Student Identification Form’.
  • Selected applicants are required to attend an interview and a place may be offered.

 

$50
Normanhurst Boys Years 8 – 11 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the Normanhurst Boys High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents (restricted to the past 3 years):
    • Results in national and state wide competitions
    • Merit awards or certificates from the current school
    • Details of sporting and/or cultural achievements
    • Other documentation to support the application
    • Copies of current school reports, specifically the 2015 half-yearly report
  • Sit an entrance test on Saturday 15 August in the school hall at 9:30AM. There are usually two 45-minute tests (numeracy and literacy) with a 15-minute break in-between.
  • A selection committee will consider each application.
  • An interview at the school may be required before a final offer is made.
$50
Girraween High School Years 8 – 12 Yes
  • Complete the DEC Application Form and the Girraween High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents (restricted to the past 3 years only):
    • Last two reports
    • Photocopies of NAPLAN results
    • Photocopies of achievements in other activities that may support the application. This might include music, debating, sports and drama
  • Sit an entrance test on Saturday 8 August 2015 at 9AM. This test focuses on reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning.
  • Students will compete academically with other candidates for entry. In determining academic merit, the selection committee will consider:
    • The results of the entry test
    • The application with its supporting documentation
    • Any other information supplied by the applicant
$100

Visit the NSW Public Schools website for updated news on Selective High Schools Year 8 – 12 Placements.


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