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 schools, and some private schools.
Recently[when?] an extra 630 places have been established 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 New South Wales Department of Education and Communities operates creative and performing arts high schools in communities throughout the state. These schools aim to foster excellence in creative fields while teaching the same core syllabus as other state-run high schools and are accorded a 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 four Independent schools: Australian Performing Arts Grammar School, Talent Development High School, the McDonald College and Village Performing Arts College.
|Australian Performing Arts Grammar School||Glebe||7–12||2005||website|
|Campbelltown Performing Arts High School||Campbelltown||7–12||1954||website|
|Conservatorium High School||Sydney||7–12||1918||website|
|Granville South High School||Guildford||7–12||?||website|
|Hunter School of the Performing Arts||Broadmeadow||3–12||1998||website|
|Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School||Northmead||7–12||?||[http://www.northmead-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/%7C||North Turramurra||7–12||1965||website|
|The McDonald College||North Strathfield||Prep–12||1984||website|
|Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School||Penrith||7–12||?||website|
|Newtown High School of the Performing Arts||Newtown||7–12||1990||website|
|Talent Development High School (Brent Street)||Moore Park||7–12||2004||website|
|Village Performing Arts College||Alexandria||11–12||2012||website|
|Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts||Fairy Meadow||7–12||1916||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.