List of selective high schools in New South Wales
This is a list of selective and agricultural high schools run by the Department of Education and Communities. Entry to these schools is managed centrally by the department's Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Unit. Prospective students sit the Selective High Schools Test (typically in March of Year 6) and are allocated places at schools according to their profile mark, out of 300, which comprises both exam and school marks. Students may list up to four preferred schools.
A number of other government and non-government high schools also select their students based on merit; these include, for example Creative and performing arts high schools in New South Wales, and some private schools.
Recently[when?], there had been establishment of an extra 630 places for selective schools designated for Year 7 enrolment for 2010, located in South-West Sydney, Western Sydney and in regional NSW, as well as virtual selective schools in Western NSW. This has increased the number of places to 4152 and the number of selective schools to 46. 
1 Previously known as Manly Boys High School (1954 - 1983) and Manly High School (1983 - 2002).
2 Year of amalgamation of Dover Heights High School and Vaucluse High School.
3 Previously known as Malvina High School (1965-2001) and foundation year for selective stream.
Creative and performing arts high schools
The Department of Education and Communities runs six creative and performing arts high schools. These schools aim to foster excellence in creative fields while teaching the same core syllabus as other state-run high schools. These schools are accorded an unusually high degree of autonomy by the department in selecting students and teaching staff. The schools boast specialised facilities and equipment and competition for places is acute.
This list also includes three Independent schools: The Australian International Performing Arts High School, Talent Development High School and the McDonald College.
|School||Suburb or Town||Years||Founded||Website|
|Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts||Fairy Meadow||7–12||1916||website|
|Conservatorium High School||Sydney||7–12||1918||website|
|Campbelltown High School of the Performing Arts||Campbelltown||7–12||1954||website|
|Granville South High School||Granville||7-12||?||website|
|Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School||North Turramurra||7–12||1965||website|
|Newtown High School of the Performing Arts||Newtown||7–12||1990||website|
|Hunter School of the Performing Arts||Broadmeadow||K-12||1998||website|
|The McDonald College of the Performing Arts||North Strathfield||Prep–12||1984||website|
|Talent Development High School (Brent Street)||Moore Park||7–12||2004||website|
|The Australian International Performing Arts High School||Harris Park||7–12||2005||website|
|Village Performing Arts College (Village Performing Arts Centre)||Alexandria, New South Wales||10–12||2012||website|
- Bartok, Di (2 December 2010). "Overhaul for Granville Boys, Granville South and Auburn Girls' Schools". Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- Fort Street High School descends from Fort Street Model School, founded in 1849. Enrolment at the Model School was on a selective basis from the start, although this predated the establishment of the modern selective schools system: see the History section of the school website, and, for more detail, Morris, Clarice (1980). The School on The Hill. Sydney: Morris Publishing, or Horan, Ronald S. (1990). Fort Street. Sydney: Geographics.