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 for English, science and Mathematics.
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 form and application information booklet applies to all schools and is available on this website in late June each year. A separate application form must be submitted to each selective high school you choose, up to a maximum of three schools.
The individual selective high schools set their own assessments and manage their own placement and reserve lists.
Application for entry to selective high schools in Years 8-12 in 2017 opens on 27 June 2016 and closes on 22 July 2016.
The application information and the Years 8 to 12 application form for entry in 2017 will be updated and available here in June of 2016.
Visit the links on the right for more information about Years 8 to 12 placement.
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.