Everything You Need To Know About Selective School
What are selective high schools?
Selective high schools admit children with sharp minds and strong academic backgrounds. They group children with similar abilities and use special teaching methods for them. Selective high schools are unrestricted so that parents can apply from anywhere.
The High Performing Students Team manages Year 7 placement in a selective high school. This is a separate process for applying in schools with specializations like performing arts and sports schools. The Conservatorium High School is a specialist school that uses the Selective High School Placement Test for admission.
Types of selective high schools
There are two types of selective high schools, fully selective and partially selective.
Fully Selective High School: The fully selective high school purely admits students on the basis of merit. There are a total of 21 fully selective high schools located in NSW. Some of them are:
Agricultural high school:
- Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School
- Hurlstone Agricultural High School
- James Ruse Agricultural High School
- Yanco Agricultural High School
Partially Selective High School:
- Alexandria Park Community School
- Armidale Secondary College
- Auburn Girls High School
- Balmain Campus
- Blacktown Boys High School
Information for applicants
The aggregate gives the calculated placement score.
The selection committee may ask for previous results of students from parents or the respective current school for academic merit.
Students should have been born between 1 January 2009 and 1 August 2010 to study in year 7 in 2022 of selective high school. If the child does not match the age criteria, then parents must have a valid reason for it. The selection committee might:
Students are advised to go through the sample test so that they could know the pattern of the test. Students should bring with them two 2B pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser. If the date and location are changed, then parents will be informed individually.
A letter named “Authority to sit the selective high school placement test letter” was sent to the parents listing the date and location for the test. It includes;
- A test authority letter which must be taken by the students on the test day.
- Instructions on what to bring to the test center
- Test Information The selective high school placement test has been changed in 2021 for placement in 2022.
Now the focus will be on the thinking skills, mathematical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities of the students. The changes are made as per the findings of the 2018 Review of Selective Education Report. The test will be computer-based in 2022, unlike the test in 2021, which will be paper-based.
Test structure :
Preparation for the test Students can join online tutoring for the test. There are many tutoring services and tuition centers located in Sydney. You can also find a tutor for your child. It requires basic knowledge and general ability to qualify for the test. You can also opt for high school tutoring facilities in Australia.
The marking of the placement test will be done out of 100. The raw test scores and school assessment scores are calculated to get the placement score. The entry marks for each school are different for different years. It depends upon the number of students applying and their academic merit. The placement score will be calculated out of 120. The scaling of the marks is done on a state-wide basis.
Selection committee It is a two-member committee that consists of a principal and a parent or community representative. A selection committee is responsible for giving the placement to the student. Each selective school has a selection committee. The selection committee is responsible for the following tasks:
Placement outcome information
- Whether the student has been placed in a selective school
- Whether he or she is put on a reserved list for one or more school choices
- Whether the student is unsuccessful in getting placed or getting a place on the waiting list
The student selected will be provided with a response form with offers. It has to be returned within the due date mentioned in the form. The students will be given the scores information. It consists of raw scores used to calculate the placement scores. There’s no need to have a response form for the reserve list only.
The students who receive an offer and whose names are there in the reserved list will be given a Placement Outcome Information bulletin. It explains the further process for the placement.
Responding to an offer The students have to respond to the offer within the stipulated time, usually 14 days later. The students have to complete, sign and return the response form to the High Performing Students Team. Students who have got the offer by phone have to respond within 24 hours. If no response is given by the student within the due date, then the offer will get lapse. In this case, the next student will be offered his place.
The confirmed receipt of the response will be generated in 21 days. If any student is not able to get the confirmation after 21 days, he or she can email the team.
Withdrawal or lapse of offers The offer may lapse if the response form is not submitted within the due date. The offer will also get canceled if the student does not satisfy enrollment requirements like residency or if a student does not get enrolled at the beginning of the year.
Closing of the Reserve list Those students who have accepted the offer and who have a place in the reserved list will be removed from the reserved list on the last day of the school year. To remain on the list after this day, the student has to decline the current offer. There is no guarantee whether the student will further get any offers. For those remaining in the reserve lists, an offer may be made at the end of term 1 or mid-June when all reserve lists are closed.
Enrolment The students who are admitted to selective high schools will be provided with an ‘Authority to attend’ letter in the mid of January of the entry year. They have to present this letter on the first day of term 1 along with other original documents. This letter officially declares the student as a member of the Selective High School.
If any student provides false documents or misleading information, then this will lead to the cancellation of his or her placement.