Select Entry Schools Admissions Guide

ALL SCHOOLS

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) will oversee the Entrance examination for entry to Year 9 in 2019 for The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne High School, Nossal High School in Berwick and Suzanne Cory High School in Werribee. The DET will be responsible for the whole entrance examination enrolment process, the conduct of the examination and the allocation of offers for Year 9 entry.

DET Select Entry Unit is to be contacted for all information and enquiries regarding the entrance examination for Year 9 2019.
Melbourne High School:

Year 9:

DATE: Applications close on Friday 11 May 2018.​ The entrance examination will be held on Saturday 16 June 2018.

In 2019 Melbourne High School accepts 308 students to enter Year 9. Approximately 1500 boys sit the Entrance Examination. Boys who sit the Entrance Examination are ranked according to their aggregate score. To be considered for selection, a student must reach an acceptable standard in all sections of the Entrance Examination. The maximum number of students admitted into Melbourne High School and The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School, combined must not exceed 5% of any one school’s Year 8 enrolment.

At Melbourne High School 15 places are reserved for entry via the Principal’s Discretionary Category. Applicants who missed a place because of the 5% rule or were within 5 marks of the score of the last student offered a place, will be invited by the School to apply under the Principal’s Discretionary Category. The Principal’s Discretionary Application Form asks for evidence demonstrating academic and co-curricular achievements and a personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to join Melbourne High School. The application must be accompanied by a copy of the candidate’s current mid-year report. Applicants are shortlisted and a limited number will be called for interview.

Year 10:

DATE: Applications open on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Closing date is Tuesday 15 May 2018. The entrance examination is to be held on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at Melbourne High School.

Students must be either Australian citizens, either by birth or Australian Citizenship, or a holder of a permanent resident’s visa, at the time of application. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to apply, however Melbourne High School cannot enrol international or temporary students.

Please read the Selection Procedure, Selection Criteria and Guidelines for Written Application prior to submitting your application form.

The MHS Application Form is available from Tuesday 6 March 2018. Download the application form, here>>.

The MHS Application Form must be handwritten by the applicant.

The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School:

Year 9:

DATE: The Year 9 2019 Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. 
An information package will be sent via email to all applicants in the week before the entrance examination. Student identification numbers, transport and venue information and tips for taking the entrance examination will be included. The primary source of contact and correspondence by both the DET and The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School will be through email. Applicants are advised not to provide a Hotmail email address.

Should the applicant happen to undergo a family crisis, illness or injury which would prevent them from undertaking the entrance examination, the DET Select Entry Unit must be contacted before the commencement of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, a doctor’s certificate must be produced in support of the applicant.

HOW THE STUDENTS ARE SELECTED FOR YEAR 9

Students who sit the Entrance Examination are ranked according to their aggregate score. To be considered for selection, a student must reach an acceptable standard in all parts of the Entrance Examination. 85% of places are allocated according to the rank and score, 10% of places are allocated according to rank, score and equity considerations and 5% of places are allocated under the Principal’s Discretionary Category.

The 5% rule

Victorian government policy allows for a maximum of 5% of students in Year 8 from any one school to be accepted into a Select Entry High School based solely on the examination each year. For example: if there are 200 Year 8 students enrolled at a particular secondary school, a maximum of 10 students (5% of 200 = 10) from that school can be offered a place across the four Selective Entry High Schools. This means 10 students between The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne High School, Nossal High School or Suzanne Corey High School, not 10 students at each school. For each Select Entry High School, 85% of the Year 9 enrolment will be filled in this manner. The 5% Rule does not apply to students who are offered a place based on Equity Consideration or Principal’s Discretion and the number of places available (i.e. places are offered until all 960 are allocated).

The principal’s discretionary category

The Principal’s Discretionary Category places are offered after the Entrance Examination. Students will be invited to apply for a Principal’s Discretionary Category place.

The process involves selecting 11 students through application, short listing and interview. These places are not subject to the 5% Rule. The Principal’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.

Year 10 & 11:

DATE: The examination will be held at The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School on Friday 8th June 2018 for entry to the school in 2019.

Candidates will receive information relating to commencement times, what to bring to the examination and maps, by email, one week prior to the examination.

At all of these levels students are asked to submit evidence of academic and co-curricular involvement and achievement. Applications will be considered and a short list of candidates will be interviewed by a school panel.

While it is preferable that applicants for Year 10 to study one of the four languages offered at the school (French, German, Indonesian and Japanese), it is not mandatory for students entering Year 10 in 2019 and selection will not be based on language choice.

Offers of places at Year 11 depend on vacancies occurring in particular subjects: there may be several places available in some subjects, but none in others.

After receiving their mid-year report (June), applicants should send photocopies of their two most recent school reports and a summary of achievement in the areas of academic and co-curricular involvement. Photocopied reports and attachments with the applicant’s address and year level applied for clearly written will be requested mid-July 2018.

 

Nossal High School:

Year 9:

DATE: The Year 9 2019 Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. 

Students who are in their second year of high schooling or its equivalent (usually Year 8) are eligible to apply for entry into Nossal High School. Academic merit is determined by each student’s performance on a series of tests that form the entry examination.

5% Rule
Government policy allows for a maximum of 5% of students in Year 8 from any one school to be accepted into the selective schools.

Equity Consideration
It is government policy to support the participation of highly able students from disadvantaged backgrounds in accessing selective entry schooling. Students whose parents have a Commonwealth Health Care Card or students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are eligible to apply for Equity Consideration. Up to 10% of the Year 9 enrolments at Nossal High School can be filled via this category.

Principal’s Discretion
The Principal of Nossal High School, Mr. Roger Page has the authority to accept up to 5% of the Year 9 enrolment through a discretionary category. Applicants who meet the criteria for consideration for this category will be notified by Nossal High School and be invited to submit an application. Principal’s Discretion offers are only made to students who sit the exam but miss a place due to the 5% rule or who are close to the cut off score.  Not all eligible students will be offered the chance to apply.

An application fee is required and is payable at the time of registration. Payment is to be made by credit card.

Year 10&11

DATE: Closing Date: Friday, 1 June 2018. Examination Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018.

Enrolment positions at Years 10 and 11 are limited as they depend on vacancies arising.  Students interested in applying for a vacant position into Year 10 or 11 for 2019 will need to sit an entry exam which will be held at Nossal High School during 2018.  A waiting list will then be created and eligible students will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal should a vacancy arise.

For further information on Year 10 & 11 enrolments and how to apply, please visit https://aus.edutest.com.au/D/?t=QEH6S35N

Suzanne Cory High School:

Year 9:

DATE: The Year 9 2019 Entrance Examination will be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. 

Criteria for Entry

Enrolment in Suzanne Cory High School will be through a standard selection process applicable for all four selective entry schools – this involves a centralised examination process that occurs in June.

Entry Exam

Students must compete academically with all other candidates for entry to a selective entry high school. Academic merit is determined by each student’s performance on a series of tests that form the selective entry school examination. The examination consists of six tests covering numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics, creative writing and analytical writing.

School Year

Students who are in their second year of secondary schooling or its equivalent (usually Year 8) are eligible to apply for entry into selective entry schools.

The 5% Rule

Government policy allows for a maximum of 5% of students in year 8 from any school to be accepted into selective entry high schools based solely on the examination each year. For each selective entry school 85% of the year 9 enrolment will be filled in this manner.

Equity Consideration

It is Government policy to support the participation of highly able students from disadvantaged backgrounds in accessing selective entry schooling. Students whose parents have a Commonwealth Health Care Card or students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are eligible to apply for Equity Consideration. Up to 10% of the Year 9 enrolments at each of the selective entry high schools can be filled via this category.

Principal’s Discretion

The principal of each selective high school has the authority to accept up to 5% of the Year 9 enrolment through a discretionary category. Applicants who meet the criteria for consideration for this category will be notified by the individual school and invited to apply.

Year 10&11:

Application Process

Application for Year 10 and Year 11 enrolment to Suzanne Cory High School will be according to the following process.

  1. Entrance Exam – For All Applicants

An entrance examination will be conducted on behalf of the School by EduTest and is used as the main determinant of offers for entry into Year 10 or Year 11.Entry to Suzanne Cory High School can ONLY be made by sitting the entrance examination and is not made by direct application to the school. The 2019 Entrance Exam will take place on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 at Suzanne Cory High School.

  1. Written Responses – For All Applicants

In addition to the Academic Ability Assessment Test,  applicants will be invited to complete a written response by the school. This will outline the reasons for seeking entry to Suzanne Cory High School as well as a record of academic and personal achievement. Copies of 2017 Semester 2 and 2018 Semester 1 reports and relevant certificates will be required. The 5% rule and Principal’s Discretionary Category are not applicable for Year 10 and Year 11 entry. Responses provided will be used to short-list applicants for interview.

  1. Interview – For Short-Listed Applicants Only

All short-listed applicants will be interviewed at the school. Following interviews all short-listed applicants will be ranked and positions are offered by the School according to this rank order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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