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Selective high schools cater for the specific needs of high achieving gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level.

Selective schools help gifted and talent students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level. Selective high schools are unzoned so parents can apply regardless of where they live.

The NSW Department of Education High Performing Students Team administers Year 7 placement in a selective high school. This is a separate process to that of specialist high schools such as performing arts or sports high schools.

Students must be Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia to attend a selective high school.

Click on the links below to learn more about applying for Sydney Technical High School for Year 7 placement, and Years 8-11 placement.

Enrolment - Year 7

Enrolment - Years 8-11

Apply for a School Opal card or school travel pass


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"Every individual has the right to realise himself: that is to fully develop the power and capacities, physical, mental, moral and spiritual; with which nature endowed him."

 − JA Williams, 1912 (first Principal of Sydney Technical High School)