Part 1: Choosing a Selective School That’s Right for My Child

In this article, we will answer some commonly asked questions like "should I choose co-ed or single-sex school?" and "How competitive is it to get into my child's dream school?"

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How do you know if you’re choosing a Selective School that’s right for your child? In the Selective School Application (which we will talk about in the next section), you must choose 3 Selective Schools.

 

Choosing a Selective School that’s right for your child

There are 4 key considerations you may wish to take into account when deciding which 3 schools are the best for your child.

 

Consideration #1: Type of Selective Schools

Here is a quick table which demonstrates which Selective School may be the best for your child according to what you might value:

 

What you value Type of High School
Academic Environment Fully Selective
Diversity and Cross-cultural Communication Partially Selective
Rural Background/ Agricultural Education Agricultural High School or Aurora College
Musical Creativity  Conservatorium High School

Consideration #2: Single-sex Schools vs Co-ed Selective Schools

In NSW, single-sex schools tend to outperform co-ed schools in the HSC. However, whether this is due to a single-sex environment is uncertain. Here are some pros and cons of single-sex high schools you may wish to take into consideration.

 

Pros of Single-sex High Schools Cons of Single-sex High Schools
Gender-targeted learning

Students who attend a single-sex school tend to be more confident in Physics and Maths.

Girls’ schools tend to promote Feminist literature or books written by female authors which may be absent in Co-ed schools.

Does not promote socialisation between the genders
Gender-tailored extra-curricular activities

In most Selective School for Girls, there are clubs like Women in STEM. In most Selective School for Boys, they can join the Army Cadets.Gender-tailored extra-curricular activities

May not prepare students for the ‘real world’ as they may lack communication skills to communicate with both genders
No ‘’distractions’ from the other gender Lack of perspective from both genders in group discussions

Consideration #3: HSC Ranking and Selective School Entry Scores

The end-goal for most parents is for their child to do well in the HSC which would allow them to pursue a wide range of professions at a prestigious university.

Keep in mind that Selective Schools which do the best in the HSC, tend to also have the highest entrance score although there are some exceptions. Chatswood High School, Parramatta High School and Alexandria Park are outliers of this trend where their entrance scores are considerably high compared to their actual HSC ranking. This may be because they are partially selective.

 

Selective Schools Ranked According to 2018 HSC Type Entrance Score
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School Fully Selective Co-educational 250
2 North Sydney Boys High School Fully Selective Single-sex 234
3 Sydney Girls High School Fully Selective Single-sex 225
4 Baulkham Hills High School Fully Selective Co-educational 230
5 North Sydney Girls High School Fully Selective Single-sex 226
6 Sydney Boys High School Fully Selective Single-sex 229
7 Hornsby Girls High School Fully Selective Single-sex 227
8 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus Fully Selective Co-educational 217
9 Fort Street High School Fully Selective Co-educational 222
10 Normanhurst Boys High School Fully Selective Single-sex 225
11 St George Girls High School Fully Selective Single-sex 207
12 Girraween High School Fully Selective Co-educational 225
13 Sydney Technical High School Fully Selective Single-sex 198
14 Penrith High School Fully Selective Co-educational 215
15 Hurlstone Agricultural High School Fully Selective Co-educational 207
16 Caringbah High School Fully Selective Co-educational 198
17 Smiths Hill High School Partially Selective Co-educational 194
18 Gosford High School Partially Selective Co-educational 188
19 Merewether High School Partially Selective Co-educational 191
20 Sefton High School Partially Selective Co-educational 197
21 Chatswood High School Partially Selective Co-educational 215
22 Tempe High School Partially Selective Co-educational 189
23 Ryde Secondary College Partially Selective Co-educational 201
24 Prairiewood High School Partially Selective Co-educational 177
25 Rose Bay Secondary College Partially Selective Co-educational 184
26 Macquarie Fields High School Partially Selective Co-educational 179
27 Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus Fully Selective Co-educational 186
28 Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Fully Selective Co-educational 182
29 Parramatta High School Partially Selective Co-educational 210
30 Moorebank High School Partially Selective Co-educational 176
31 Bonnyrigg High School Partially Selective Co-educational 162
32 Elizabeth Macarthur High School Partially Selective Co-educational 162
33 Alexandria Park Community School Partially Selective Co-educational 186
34 Auburn Girls High School Partially Selective Co-educational 160
35 Karabar High School Partially Selective Co-educational 160
36 Duval High School Partially Selective Co-educational N/A
37 Blacktown Girls High School Partially Selective Single-sex 189
38 Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Fully Selective Single-sex N/A
39 Armidale High School Partially Selective Co-educational 160
40 Blacktown Boys High School Partially Selective Single-sex 195
41 Kooringal High School Partially Selective Co-educational 160
42 Peel High School Partially Selective Co-educational 161
43 Grafton High School Partially Selective Co-educational 161
44 Gorokan High School Partially Selective Co-educational 161
45 Aurora College Virtual 172
46 Granville Boys High School Partially Selective Single-Sex 161

Consideration #4: Location and choosing a Selective School in your area

 

While Selective Schools have no catchment area, you may want to consider how long it takes for your child to get to school every day. Keep in mind that in high school, students can have after-school activities til 7pm. If your child lives an hour away from school, this can take a serious toll on their studies or it might discourage them from participating in extra-curricular activities.

We have included a few maps so you can see which Selective Schools are near you.

 

Sydney Metropolitan Area

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Sydney North

Selective Guide Sydney North

 

Sydney South

Selective Guide Sydney South

 

Sydney West

Selective Guide Sydney West

 

How do we apply?

Now that you have picked the 3 best Selective Schools for your child, find out how you can apply!

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