Selective entry high schools

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​Providing for academic high-achievers

Selective entry high schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically high-achieving students.

There are currently four selective entry high schools in Victoria for students in Years 9-12: a male student and a female student smiling

A centralised selection process is used to admit students to the four selective entry schools. Each year students need to sit a common entrance exam in order to be considered for the following school year.

Please note:  Each year applications open mid-February and close early May, with the examination held on the Saturday following the Queen's birthday public holiday.

Applications for the 2018 school year are now closed

The application fee of $120 is waived for applicants from low-income families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The following information gives you a comprehensive overview of the selection and application process:

  • About the Schools - gives a brief explanation of the four selective entry high schools in Victoria and includes links to their websites
  • How to Apply - outlines important points to consider prior to applying, including who is eligible to apply and application timelines
  • Practice Tests - provides information and practice tests to prepare your child prior to sitting the entrance examination
  • Sitting the Entrance Examination - outlines general information and tips to help your child prepare for the examination; it also explains what your child can bring (and not bring) to the examination.
  • Outcome of Application - explains how places are offered and examination outcomes.