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

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Matrix Education

Do you know how to enter a selective high school? Students can enter a selective school after Year 7. If they didn’t succeed in their Year 6 entrance exam, students can apply once they’ve started Year 7.

Unlike the Year 7 selective school application, placements for students in Years 8 to 12 do not depend on a centralised test system.

Although there is a common application for all schools an extra separate application form is required at each school you wish to apply for. Applications are to be submitted in late June/July prior to the entry year and some schools require you to sit an entrance exam in August.

The number of vacancies between schools differs, as the positions offered will depend on the number of students who have left in the previous year. If successful in their application, students may be then 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 taken into consideration.

As each school has their own policy it’s is best to check the website of each school you wish to apply (up to three only).

Here’s the process:


Early-Mid July: Applications open

Application forms and information for Years 8 to 12 can be found on the NSW Department of Education website.

  1. Complete a separate Department of Education 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 (usually late July).

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.

 

Late July: Applications close

Completed application forms are to be submitted to the relevant selective high schools by the specified date. Make sure you submit the form as specified by the school (most applications aren’t accepted via fax or email). Also take note that application fees may be non-refundable.

 

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.

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.

 

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-10

  • Complete the Department of Education Application Form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Photocopies of all academic and co-curricular activities undertaken by the student over the past two years. Include copies of NAPLAN results and competition certificates.
    • Citizenship or residency documentation must be included.
  • An internal school selection panel of educators evaluates applications.
  • Interviews may be held to determine outcomes.
$50
Year 11

  • In addition to the application, Year 11 students are required to sit a selection test. Please see the school website for test details.
$100
Year 12

  • This school does not accept enrolments into the Year 12 academic year.

 

North Sydney Boys High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
Years 8-12

  • Complete the Department of Education Application Form and the North Sydney Boys High School ‘Applicant’s Summary of School Achievements’ form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Photocopies of reports
    • Evidence of co-curricular involvement and achievements
    • Student’s birth certificate or other documents that verifies the name shown on the application
  • Sit a selection test (comprising of a writing Test and a maths test) that is scheduled within August. Students are required to bring the completed Identification Form with an attached passport sized photograph (photo must be taken within the last 12 months) to the selection test.
$100

 

Baulkham Hills High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-12

  • Complete the Department of Education 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.
    • Parent email address completed on the application form
  • Post the application directly to the school at 419a Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153.
  • A selection panel will consider all applications.
$60

 

Sydney Boys High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-12

  • Complete both the Department of Education 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
$87

 

North Sydney Girls High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-12

  • Complete both the Department of Education 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) during August. 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

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-11

  • Complete the Department of Education 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 during August. Photograph identification of the candidate must be presented at the time of the examination (e.g. passport or official school ID card). 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

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-10

  • Complete both the Department of Education Application Form and the Sydney Technical High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Copies of your last two school reports
    • 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

  • As above.
  • In addition, applicants for Year 11 are also required to sit an entrance test.
No info

 

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-11

  • Complete the Department of Education Application Form and Hurlstone 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

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-10

  • Complete the Department of Education Application Form and Fort Street High School application form
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Handwritten English essay. 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 – Semester 1 (present year) and Semester 2 (previous year)
    • 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.
No info
Year 11

  • As above.
  • Applicants are also required to sit an entrance test (Maths and English) at the school in August. 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.
No info

 

 Normanhurst Boys
Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-11

  • Complete the Department of Education 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 this year’s half-yearly report which must be included in the application
  • Sit an entrance test. There will be 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.
$80

 

Girraween High School

Grade Accepted 
Selection Test 
Application Procedures
Fee
 Years 8-12

  • Complete the Department of Education Application Form and the Girraween High School application form.
  • Include supporting documents:
    • Last two reports (half yearly report and prior end of year report)
    • Photocopies of NAPLAN results
    • Photocopies of achievements in other activities that may support the application. This might include music, debating, sports and drama
    • Originals of Birth Certificates, Passports and/or Citizenship certificates are to be brought in with the application upon submission
  • Sit an entrance test. This test focuses on reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning. Current photograph verification of the candidate must be presented at the time of the examination.
  • 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

This information is valid as of January 2018. Please note that it is subject to change.

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

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