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
Diversity and Cross-cultural Communication
Rural Background/ Agricultural Education
Agricultural High School or Aurora College
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.
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.
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.
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
How do we apply?
Now that you have picked the 3 best Selective Schools for your child, find out how you can apply!