Selective high schools cater for highly achieving, academically gifted and talented students who may otherwise be isolated from a suitable academic peer group. These schools can provide intellectual stimulation by grouping academically gifted and talented students together, concentrating school resources and using specialised teaching methods.
Agricultural high schools are selective high schools which emphasise the study of agriculture, with the boarder sections giving some priority to isolated students.
Partially selective high schools have community-based classes as well as selective classes.
The virtual secondary school, Aurora College, connects students in rural and remote high schools for English, mathematics and science classes.
Vacancies may occur in Years 8 to 12 in selective high schools.
Entry to selective high schools in Years 8 to 12 does not depend on a centralised program as entry to Year 7 does. A common application package applies to all schools and is available from the selective high schools and on this website in late June each year. A separate application form must be provided to each selective high school you choose, up to a maximum of three schools.
Applications for Years 8 to 12 placement in 2016 closed on 28 July 2015.
Visit the links on the right for Years 8 to 12 application information relating to 2016 entry. This information and the Years 8 to 12 application form for entry in 2017 will be updated and available here in late June of 2016.
Enquiries about courses and programs offered by specific selective high schools as well as enquiries about selection criteria such as testing should be addressed to the schools concerned.