How To Enter A Selective High School In Years 8-12
Posted on July 10, 2015 by Matrix Education
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.
23 July: Applications open
- Complete a separate DEC Application Form for each selective high school you wish to apply for (up to a maximum of 3).
- 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.
- 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.
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||
||$50 + an extra $100 (for the entrance test)|
|North Sydney Boys High School||Years 8 – 11||Yes||
|Baulkham Hills High School||Years 8 – 12||No||
|Sydney Boys High School||Years 8 – 12||No||
|North Sydney Girls High School||Years 8 – 12||Yes||
|Hornsby Girls High School||Years 8 – 11||Yes||
|Sydney Technical High School||Year 8-10||No||
|Hurlstone Agricultural High School||Years 8 – 12||Yes||
|Fort Street High School||Years 8 – 11||No||
|Normanhurst Boys||Years 8 – 11||Yes||
|Girraween High School||Years 8 – 12||Yes||
Visit the NSW Public Schools website for updated news on Selective High Schools Year 8 – 12 Placements.
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