Plan for selective school

It may seem a long way off, but if you’re considering a selective high school for your child you should take the time to mark your calendar as submissions for these schools open early.

According to the NSW Government, selective high schools cater for the specific needs of gifted and talented students who have superior academic ability coupled with exceptionally high classroom performance.

It said that selective high schools are unzoned so parents can apply regardless of where they live.

In NSW there are 21 fully selective high schools (schools where all classes are academically selective) and 26 partially selective high schools (where students participate in selective English, mathematics and science classes).

The tests for selective schools are held in March in the year before starting Year 7.

There is a 20 minute writing test and three 40 minute multiple-choice tests in:

  • reading (45 questions)
  • mathematics (40 questions)
  • general ability (60 questions).

Students are given a stimulus for the writing test.

Assessment for the writing task is based on:

  • whether the writing is about the stimulus topic. Students can receive no marks if the writing is not based on the topic
  • original, interesting and imaginative ideas
  • communicating ideas clearly.

If you need more details on the selective schools available to your student or if you are interested in finding out the corresponding dates for application, take a look at the Selective high Schools portal at education.nsw.gov.au/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes. 

This will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about what’s right for you and if selective school is a viable option to further your education.

Preparation is the key, so make sure you have ticked all the boxes that need to be ticked in order to be ready for the process of entering a selective high school.

Prepare: The tests for selective schools are held in March in the year before starting Year 7.

Prepare: The tests for selective schools are held in March in the year before starting Year 7.