Selective High Schools Years 8 to 12 Placement


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High Performing Students Unit Postal address: Locked Bag 53, DARLINGHURST NSW 1300
Phone: 1300 880 367                  Fax: 02 9266 8435


Selective High Schools Years 8-12 Placement

Selective high schools provide an educationally enriched environment for highly achieving, academically talented students.

Agricultural high schools are selective high schools which emphasise the study of agriculture, with the residential sections giving some priority to isolated students.

Partially selective high schools have community-based classes as well as selective 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, school education group offices and on the internet. A separate application form must be provided to each selective high school you choose, up to a maximum of four schools.

Entry in 2015

The dates shown below relate to entry to Years 8 to 12 each year. This process is now completed for entry in 2014.

The information on this page outlines the Years 8 to 12 placement procedures but the details for entry in 2015 will be updated nearer to the time of application.

The application form for entry in 2015 will also be available for download nearer the time of application.

Key dates

Late June
  • Application packages available from selective high schools, school education offices and on the internet.
  • Contact the school for specific application and assessment requirements.

Late July
  • Closing date for completed application forms to be returned to the schools.
  • A separate form must be submitted to each school you are applying for in the following year.

August/September Selection committees meet and consider applications.
September/October Outcome advice sent to applicants.

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.
  • The newly established selective high schools may have vacancies in Years 8 to 10 in 2015.

Making an application

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.

View application procedures