Selective High Schools Years 8-12 Placement

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.

Application for entry in 2016

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.

Key dates

23 June 2015
  • Application packages are available on this website and later from selective high schools and Public Schools Network offices .
  • Check the school websites or contact the school for specific application and assessment requirements.

28 July 2015
  • Closing date for completed application forms to be returned to the chosen selective schools.
  • A separate form must be submitted to each school you are applying for.

August/September Selection committees meet and consider applications.
September/October Outcome advice is 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 3) 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.

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.


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