In this article, we explain the application process for students wishing to enter James Ruse Agricultural High School in Years 8-11.
Looking to apply for James Ruse Agricultural High School in Years 8-11? In this guide, we outline the processes for different year groups and the limits on students.
Anybody can apply, but the limited numbers of students accepted means only the highest quality applicants are considered.
Typically, the following number of places are offered:
|Year||Number of potential spaces||Notes|
|8||0||Students rarely leave James Ruse in Year 8 so only a couple places are offered|
|9||30||Depending on applicant quality and availability up to 30 students may be accepted|
|10||5||Depending on applicant quality and availability up to 30 students may be accepted|
|11||30||Depending on applicant quality and availability up to 30 students may be accepted|
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There is an opportunity for students to enter the school in years 8 to 10 with a direct application to the school. Please note that James Ruse does not accept any enrolments into year 12.
The application process involves a(n):
There are two parts to the written application:
Candidates must submit a separate application to each selective school (up to 3) they wish to apply for. When applications are open, the form will be available here. In this written application, students are required to supply copies of:
In addition, students applying to James Ruse must also write a response to the question: ‘Why do you wish the student to attend an agricultural high school?’.
This form is unique to James Ruse and can be found here. Students are requested to complete it in their own handwriting.
In the past, the form has asked students to include information about:
Students and their parents will need to attend an interview with the Principal and the Head Teacher Wellbeing. During the interview, students and their parents will be asked questions about:
A student wishing to enter James Ruse Agricultural High School in Year 11 will go through a similar process as their 8-10 peers. However, they will also need to sit an entrance exam run by Edutest.
The Edutest entrance exam is comprised of 4 sections:
Each section will have 40 – 60 questions.
Students who want practice with the exam can purchase access to practice tests, here.
Applications are considered by a committee including the principal and two teacher assessors.
Students will either be:
Students who receive an offer should complete their responses as soon as possible as they lapse if not received by the due date.
Offers will be rescinded if the student does not enrol on day 1.
Offers will be cancelled if false or misleading information is provided to gain admission.
It is possible to appeal the selection committee’s decision. Information of what constitutes a valid reason can be found, here.
Matrix Graduate Daniel Chang was successfully admitted into James Ruse Agricultural High School in Year 11, and describes the transition from his previous school, Fort Street High School:
“At first I thought it would be difficult trying to assimilate into a new environment. However, the existing students were friendly and extremely approachable. All schools share overlapping traits which really does help incoming students.
Entering a new environment does not mean EVERYTHING is new.
There are many characteristics of a new school that I’m sure you’ll be familiar with. For me, I found myself fully adapted to the new school in no time. The transition really isn’t as bad as you think!”
You can find out more about his experience here.