Information about the School

Established in 1916, St George Girls High School is an academically selective school with a long tradition of academic excellence in girls’ education. Situated within walking distance of Kogarah railway station, the school attracts students from all areas of Sydney.

The school creates a supportive environment of high expectations where gifted and talented students can thrive and realise their full potential to become resilient, well rounded high achievers with a keen social conscience and a desire to enrich and lead society in the future. St George Girls High School has a philosophy of developing the whole student through a broad curriculum, information technology, wellbeing structures and co-curricular programs including the creative and performing arts. Our highly experienced and dedicated teachers deliver quality learning experiences in classrooms which support each student to develop her individual talents.

School Vision

St George Girls High School aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment where gifted and talented students are encouraged to explore their potential and achieve their personal best in all aspects of school life. Students will be challenged and engaged through authentic learning opportunities that inspire them to develop creativity, confidence and resilience to become independent and ethical life-long learners.  

Enrolment Processes

Years 7 to 10 have an enrolment ceiling of 150 girls. In Year 11 the Principal determines the number of new students each year, based on their performance in the ACER test and the number of vacancies that exist, taking Years 11 and 12 numbers up to a maximum of 170 students.

Year 7 Enrolment

Year 7 placements are administered by the High Performing Students Unit (Telephone 1300 880 367  Fax 9266 8435  email ssu@det.nsw.edu.au). Year 7 placement is based on primary school assessments and state-wide examinations in Mathematics, English, Writing and general aptitude. These examinations are held in March for Year 6 students.

Interested parents of Year 5 students should obtain an application package from either their State Primary School, any Selective School or District Office. The application package can also be downloaded from the High Performing Students Unit website -

Sample questions from past Selective Schools Placement tests are also available on the HPSU website. The application form inside the package should be completed and returned to the student’s Primary School by the closing date shown on the application package. Tours for prospective Year 7 students and their parents will be conducted during Terms 3 and 4 2017. Dates will be available during Term 2. Bookings for these tours are essential. Please telephone the school to book into a tour.

Entrance into Years 8 – 11, 2017

Please Note That Testing is Required for 2017 Entry

Very few vacancies occur in Years 8 – 11 each year. Selection is based on testing and assessment of the applicant’s last two school reports as well as any other supporting documentation supplied with the application by the school enrolment Selection Committee.The Selection Committee will consider the students to be offered placement and will establish a reserve list in order of priority based on academic merit.

In determining academic merit, the selection committee will consider the following criteria:

Performance in the ACER Higher Ability Selection Test which assesses reading, written expression, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning.
School Reports.
Supporting Documentation.
Student Interview.

The Selective High Schools listed below are coordinating their entrance test procedures for Years 8 – 11. The entry test will be held on Saturday 13 August 2016.

St George Girls High School
North Sydney Girls High School
Hornsby Girls High School
Girraween High School
Manly Selective Campus

If you wish to apply for other selective schools not on the above list, please make direct contact with the individual school.

You are entitled to apply for entry to a maximum of 3 selective high schools. To gain entry into one of the above selective schools in Years 8 – 11, your child will need to sit a test developed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne at that school you have selected as your highest preference. 

The application fee must be paid to the school that you have nominated as your first preference from the group of schools listed above and you will sit the entrance test at that school.
If your first preference is St George Girls High School, you will need to apply for and pay the $100 application fee to St George Girls High School prior to Friday 22 July and then your child will sit the test at St George Girls High School on Saturday 13 August 2016.  If you have nominated a second or third preference from the list, you must also submit an application to those schools.
If St George Girls High School is your second or third preference you MUST still send an application form to the school so we can register your preference. An administration fee of $30 will be charged to process the application.

Applications for Years 8 – 11 entry to St George Girls High School in 2017 will be available on the school’s website from Monday 27 June 2016. Applications close at 3:00pm on Friday 22 July 2016. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

If downloading the application form, please read the following information carefully.
Follow the instructions to complete the application form and attach the relevant supporting document – Proof of Citizenship or permanent resident status (see Eligibility Criteria below).
Return a copy of the application form to St George Girls High School by Friday 22 July 2016. (You must send separate applications to all the Selective High Schools in which you are seeking enrolment.)
Years 8 – 11 applicants whose first preference is St George Girls High School will sit the test on Saturday, 13 August 2016, commencing at 9:30am at the St George Girls High School Assembly Hall.

Photograph Identification of the candidate must be presented at the time of the examination – e.g. passport or official school ID card.

An application fee of $100 must be paid to St George Girls High School when the application is submitted. The application fee of $100 pays for the setting and marking of the test by Australian Council Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne and for the supervision of the test on Saturday 13 August 2016.

The student’s performance in the test will be one of the components used to establish a reserve list in order of priority based on academic merit. If vacancies become available, the Principal or representative may consider inviting applicants from the reserve list for interview. The Principal will then determine if an offer is to be made.

How Many Students Gain Entry to St George Girls from Years 8 – 11?

In 2016 at St George Girls High School, 3 students were invited to enrol in Year 8, 4 places in Year 9, 3 in Year 10 and 13 in Year 11 were offered due to available places. As the school maintains only 150 places in each of the year groups from Years 7 – 10, new students can only come into these year groups if a current student leaves the school to go to another school.  In Year 11, the Principal determines the number of new students in this year based on their performance in the ACER test.  This number will vary from year to year.  In 2015, 27 students gained places in three year groups with over 210 students applying.

This information is provided to parents and students so that they can make an informed choice about whether to proceed with the enrolment application.

Eligibility Criteria:

1.  Academic Merit
Students must compete academically with all other candidates for entry into our school. In determining academic merit, the Selection Committee will consider the results of the entry test together with other documentation supplied. This MUST include the two (2) most recent school reports. 

2. Australian Citizenship and Residency Status
Students must be Australian citizens or holders of a visa granting permanent resident status in Australia. Information on Australian citizenship is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at: www.citizenship.gov.au. 
You can get a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship to prove your visa status. 
Citizens of New Zealand are eligible for selective high school entry. Permanent residents of New Zealand are considered in the same manner as temporary residents of Australia and are not normally eligible. If you do not meet these residency requirements at the time of applying but expect to meet them in the near future, you are allowed to apply provided you are already living in Australia.

If your application is successful, you must show original documentation, such as a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship, birth certificates or visas, before the school can enrol your child.

Your child’s offer or enrolment may be terminated if it is based on false or misleading information that you have provided. 

Residential Address - Your family must be living in NSW by the beginning of the 2017 school year. If your family normally lives in NSW but you are temporarily out of the state, you should expect to return before the student is enrolled in a selective high school. If you continue to live outside NSW after the 2017 school year begins, your application will be considered only if there are vacancies after all suitable applicants from NSW have been placed.

An electricity or telephone bill in the name of the parent at a NSW address is required as proof of NSW residency.

3. Courses of Study
Students should be aware that courses of study at selective high schools may not be the same as those taken in their previous school. However, students’ current courses will be taken into account when they are considered for placement.

Entrance into Year 12 

It is rare that students are accepted into Year 12 to complete the Higher School Certificate. However, if parents and students wish to apply, they should follow the same procedures as for Years 8 – 11. 

Applications for enrolment in 2017 are now closed.