How To Enter A Selective School In Year 8-12

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Matrix Education

Unlike the Year 7 selective school application, placements for students in Years 8 to 12 does 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.

Applying for a Year 8 to 12 place

  • The number of vacancies varies from academic Year to Year and from school to school.
  • Contact the specific selective high school to determine the academic Years in which places may be offered.
  • Before submitting each application (up to a maximum of 4) you must go to the school’s website or contact the school to find out the assessment requirements and enrolment procedures for each selective high school for which you wish to apply.

Students are required to apply in late June/early July of the year prior to entry. Schools that require you to sit an entrance exam will schedule a test in the first week in August.
If successful, 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 considered.

Each school has their own policy in placement offers and since some schools have their own expanded application form, it is best to check the website of each school you are applying for. We’ve started the research at some top ranking Selective Schools.

School Name Grade accepted Selection Exam Application Procedures Application Dates Fee
James Ruse Agricultural High School Year 8-10
No admittance in Year 12
No
  • Complete an application form
  • Application form should contain copies of all academic and co-curricular activities undertaken within past  three years or more.
  • An internal school selection panel of educators evaluate applications.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$50
Year 11 Yes
  • In addition to the application, Year 11 students are required  to sit the EDU-Test examination. Please see the school website for exam details.
  • Online practice tests are available for purchase from the EDU-Test website.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$100
North Sydney Boys High School Year 8-11 Yes
  • A selective entrance exam is scheduled during the first week in August. If successful, students are 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.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
No info
Baulkham Hills High School Year 8-12 No
  • Complete an application form. (They are available at the school mid June or can be downloaded here).
  • Provide 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.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
Application outcome: End of September
$40
Sydney Boys High School Year 8-12 No
  • Complete the Application form. (Download formonline or collect one from the school)
  • Include support documents:
    – Copies of last two school reports
  • If you are selected for interview you will be required to support your claims with appropriate evidence.
  • The Selection Committee considers:
    – the educational history of the student
    – his performance in academic competitions
    – whether he has siblings already enrolled in the school
    – his sporting interests and accomplishments
    – his co-curricular interests and abilities
    – his reasons for wishing to attend SBHS
    – the availability of subjects/courses or combinations of these
    – compassionate circumstances
    – the impact on local public comprehensive schools
    – the effects on local area selective classes in comprehensive schools
    – his desire to access single sex education
    – his proximity and ease of access to the school
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
Application outcome: End of September
$60
North Sydney Girls High School Year 8, 9, 10 & 12 No
  • Complete and submit the Application form. (Download form online) to North Sydney Girls High School.

 

Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$40
Year 11 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to North Sydney Girls High School. (Download form online)
  • A selective entrance exam is scheduled in August.  Testing is set and marked by ACER.
  • After the testing and the results have been sent to the Principal, the Selection Panel will meet and consider all relevant criteria including:
    – documented school performance
    – other documented information which reflects excellence in relevant activities
    – testing results
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$85
Hornsby Girls High School Year 8 -10 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Hornsby Girls’ High School. (Download the formonline)
  • Year 8, 9 and 10 applicants must sit for an examination at
    Hornsby Girls’ High School held in August.
  • Years 8, 9, and 10 applicants can only sit for the examination at this school.
  • Attach relevant supporting documents, including:
    – School reports for the past two years
    – Certificates for outstanding performance in relevant activities over the past two years
    – Summary of involvement in other activities, over the past two years, which may support the application
    – Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status (see Eligibility Criteria below)
  • Sample Test Questions are available from the school after payment of the administration fee.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$85
Year 11 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Hornsby Girls High School. (Download form online)
  • A selective entrance exam is scheduled in August.  Testing is set and marked by ACER.
  • After the testing and the results have been sent to the Principal, the Selection Panel will meet and consider all relevant criteria including:
    – documented school performance
    – other documented information which reflects excellence in relevant activities
    – testing results
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$85
Sydney Technical High School Year 8-10 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Sydney Technical High School. (Download the form online)
  • Provide supporting documents:
    – Latest half yearly academic report
    – Latest yearly academic report
    – NAPLAN results from Years 7 & 9.
  • 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, other areas.
  • A panel will short list applicants for an interview.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
No info
Year 11 Yes
  • The general process is the same as above. In addition Applicants for year 11 are also required to complete another test.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Year 8-12 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Hurlstone Agricultural High School. (Download theform online)
  • Provide supporting documents:
    – School reports
    – Certificates
    – Other evidence of achievement
  • Prospective successful students and parents attend an interview with a member of the school executive.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
No info
Fort Street High School Year 8-10 No
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Fort Street High School (Download the form online)
  • Provide supporting documents:
    – School reports
    – 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)
  • Submit a piece of writing (handwritten), maximum 500 words. Visit the Fort Street High School website for essay topic.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$30
Year 11 Yes
  • As above. The Year 11 applicants are also required to submit a piece of writing. Visit the Fort Street High School website for essay topic.
  • Complete the “Student Identification Form” and bring it with you to the entrance test.

 

Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$50
Normanhurst Boys Year 8-11 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Normanhurst Boys High School (Download the formonline)
  • Provide supporting documents (restricted to the past 3 years only)
    – This year’s half-early report MUST be included.
    –  A selection committee will consider each application and an interview at the school may be required before a final offer is made.
  • Entry tests for Year 8-11 will be conducted at the school in Term 3. There are usually two 45 minute tests with a 15 minute break in between. Details of the date and time for the tests will be posted once confirmed.
Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$50
Girraween High School Year 8-12 Yes
  • Complete and submit the Application form to Normanhurst Boys High School (Download the formonline)
  • Provide supporting documents (restricted to the past 3 years only):
    – Last two reports
    – Achievements in other activities that may support the application.
  • Student’s performance in the test and the written application will be considered by the selection committee
  • Sample test questions are available from the school after payment  of the administration fee.

 

Open: 26 June 2013
Close: 31 July 2013
$85

Visit the NSW Education website for updated news on Year 8-12 Placements.

Please note: Students applying for more than one school must submit:
A separate application must be sent to each school.
On the application form mark clearly the order of preference for each school


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