List of selective high schools in New South Wales

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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]

School Suburb or town Years Founded Became selective Selective status Website
Alexandria Park Community School Alexandria 7-12 2003 2005 Partially website
Auburn Girls High School Auburn 7-12 1960 2013[2] Partially website
Baulkham Hills High School Baulkham Hills 7-12 1971 1990 Fully website
Blacktown Boys High School Blacktown 7-12 1959 2010 Partially website
Blacktown Girls High School Blacktown 7-12  ???? 2010 Partially website
Bonnyrigg High School Bonnyrigg 7-12 1961 2010 Partially website
Caringbah High School Caringbah 7-12 1961 1989 Fully website
Chatswood High School Chatswood 7-12 1959 2002 Partially website
Duval High School Armidale 7-12 1974 2010 Partially website
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Calala 7-12 1939  ???? Agricultural website
Fort Street High School Petersham 7-12 1849 1849[3] Fully website
Girraween High School Girraween 7-12 1976 1989 Fully website
Gorokan High School Gorokan 7-12 1976 2009 Partially website
Gosford High School Gosford 7-12 1928 1989 Fully website
Grafton High School Grafton 7-12 1912 2010 Partially website
Granville Boys High School Granville 7-12  ???? 2013[2] Partially website
Hornsby Girls' High School Hornsby 7-12 1930 1994 Fully website
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Glenfield 7-12 1907 1907 Agricultural website
James Ruse Agricultural High School Carlingford 7-12 1958 1969 Agricultural website
Karabar High School Queanbeyan 7-12  ???? 2010 Partially website
Kooringal High School Kooringal 7-12 1973 2010 Partially website
Macquarie Fields High School Macquarie Fields 7-12 1981 1989 Partially website
Merewether High School Broadmeadow 7-12 1976 1989 Fully website
Moorebank High School Moorebank 7-12 1971 2010 Partially website
Normanhurst Boys' High School Normanhurst 7-12 1958 1994 Fully website
North Sydney Boys High School Crows Nest 7-12 1915  ???? Fully website
North Sydney Girls High School Crows Nest 7-12 1914  ???? Fully website
Northern Beaches Secondary College (NBSC): Manly Selective Campus1 North Curl Curl 7-12 1859/1954 1990 Fully website
Parramatta High School Parramatta 7-12 1913 2010 Partially website
Peel High School Tamworth 7-12 1976 2010 Partially website
Penrith High School Penrith 7-12 1950 1990 Fully website
Prairiewood High School Wetherill Park 7-12 1984 2010 Partially website
Rose Bay Secondary College Dover Heights 7-10 20032 2005 Partially website
Raggel College[[]] New South Wales 7-12 2000 2017 Fully
Ryde Secondary College3 Ryde 7-12 1965 2002 Partially website
Sefton High School Sefton 7-12 1962  ???? Partially website
Smith's Hill High School Wollongong 7-12 1905 1988 Fully website
St George Girls High School Kogarah 7-12 1916  ???? Fully website
Sydney Boys High School Surry Hills 7-12 1883  ???? Fully website
Sydney Girls High School Surry Hills 7-12 1883 1883 Fully website
Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus Rozelle 7-10 2002 2002 Partially website
Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Campus Glebe 11-12 2002 2002 Partially website
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus Leichhardt 7-10 2002 2002 Partially website
Sydney Technical High School Bexley 7-12 1911 1911 Fully website
Tempe High School Tempe 7-12  ???? 2005 Partially website
Virtual Selective Class Provision Western New South Wales TBA 2010 2010 Fully TBA
Yanco Agricultural High School Yanco 7-12 1922  ???? Agricultural website

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[edit]

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.

School Location Years Founded Website
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  ? [ 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

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Bartok, Di (2 December 2010). "Overhaul for Granville Boys, Granville South and Auburn Girls' Schools". Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  3. ^ 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.