Enrolments

 

Selective Enrolments for Year 7


Baulkham Hills High School is a fully Selective High School and entry for Year 7 is based on the results of the Selective Schools Test conducted in March each year. All Year 6 students are invited to sit for the test at any of 130 centres located around the State. Applications to sit for the test are available from late October when the student is in Year 5. We do not hold open days or host tours of the school for individual families, only students who are offered a position will be invited to attend an Orientation Day.

Results are assessed by the High Performing Students Unit and applicants receive notification of outcomes by mail from the Department of Education and Communities. The school has no role in this selection process and cannot alter the outcome for any reason. Please refer all enquiries to the High Performing Students Unit:

Telephone:         1300 880 367
Fax:                     02 9626 8435
Email:                  ssu@det.nsw.edu.au
Internet:             https://education.nsw.gov.au/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/general-information

Year 7 Enrolments - Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Parents/Carers will be offered a placement by the High Performing Students Unit.  You will need to respond to the High Performing Students Unit directly with the information you are supplied with to accept the position. There is no need to contact Baulkham Hills High School to accept the position.

Step 2: The High Performing Students Unit will contact Baulkham Hills High School with the details of all the students who have accepted.

Step 3: Towards the end of Term 3 students who have accepted a place will be posted information from  Baulkham Hills High School. This information will include a confirmation of enrolment, transport details, uniform price list and student fees.

Step 4: Students and their parents/carers will be invited to attend an Orientation Day during Term 4.

Students that have been offered a Year 7 2018 placement will be sent an enrolment pack in late September. Please refer to the website for all further information.

Selective Enrolments for Years 8-12

For enrolment into Years 8-12, entry is based solely on merit and no examination is required. Application forms are available for download in mid to late June each year. Please refer to the below link for information about the application process:  

Years 8-12 application forms are available here

Applications must be accompanied by copies only of the following supportive documentation: (Note applications will not be returned once reviewed);

  • Student’s most recent Half-Yearly Academic Report
  • Yearly Academic Report
  • NAPLAN Results from Years 7 & 9
  • Documents highlighting excellence in extra-curricular activities. This includes Sports, Competitions, Community Service or the Arts.
  • Parent email address completed on the application form

Submission of Application and Fees

It is preferred that applications are posted directly to the school at:
419a Windsor Road Baulkham Hills 2153.

Please note: No applications will be accepted via fax or email.

There is a $60 lodgement fee for each application and this must be included with the application. This fee can be paid by:

  • Personal Cheque, Money Order or Bank Cheque  (made out to Baulkham Hills High School)
  • EFTPOS - In person ONLY
  • Cash

Application Process

A selection panel will consider all applications and the successful candidates are notified by mail at the end of September each year. Information about outcomes will not be available to applicants over the telephone. There is no need to contact the school regarding your application.

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Offer.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Please ensure you have included your email address on the application.

It should be noted that often there are  NO vacancies in Years 8, 10 and 12 and successful candidates may be placed on a reserve list.

Open Days

The school does not hold open days or host tours of the school for individual families. Should you be selected to attend Baulkham Hills High School you will be invited to an Orientation Day. Please peruse our website for more information about the school.

 

 Application Dates

23 June 2017

  • Application packages are available to dowload from the internet.

28 July 2017

  • Closing date for completed application forms to be returned to the schools.
  • A separate form must be submitted to each school you are applying for in the following year.

August/September

  • Selection committees meet and consider applications.

September/October

  • Outcome advice sent to applicants.

Guidelines for a review of  Years 8 – 12 placement decisions

Under the following conditions, parents can request that the principal of the selective high school reviews the selection committee’s decision not to place the student at their school:

  • Even if the parents made applications to two or three selective high schools the review must be directed only to the principal of one of the three selective high schools the parents chose.
  • The request for review must be in writing; emailed, faxed or posted to the school.
  • The request for review must be received by the selective high school within seven (7) days of the date on which the outcome of the parent’s application to that school was sent.

A request for a review will generally be considered valid if made on one of the following grounds:

  • The selection committee did not follow its own published criteria.

A request for a review will generally not be considered valid if made on the following grounds:

  • Disruption to schooling for reasons other than a medical condition affecting the student. The request for a review will not be granted on the basis that the family travelled overseas during the assessment period or that they moved to another residence.
  • Incomplete documentation. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide all relevant documentary evidence at the time of application.
  • The parent’s belief that another student who was successful for entry to that selective high school is considered to be performing at a lower level in classwork.(*)

Parents will be notified either that their request for a review is invalid or about the outcome of their request within 14 days of submitting the request.

 

(*) The process for selective high school entry in Years 8 to 12 ranks students in the candidature on a variety of measures including the basis of their documentary evidence of academic merit, and/or testing and/or interviews. It is possible for a student to rank differently in this process from the way they rank in class.

Enrolments in the Support Unit

Baulkham Hills High School offers a Support Unit for students with disabilities. Please refer to the Student Support Program web site for details on enrolments and general information about how support units operate: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/programs/disability.php.

For enrolment questions please contact the Local Educational Services team on 131 536.  For have general enquiries about disability, learning and support please contact
9244 5085 or Email disability.support@det.nsw.edu.au

As Baulkham Hills High School is a fully selective school, support students are not fully integrated into the academic program of the school. Support students do attend roll classes each morning and participate in whole school events such as the swimming carnival, cross-country and the athletics carnivals. Please note the school does not hold Open Days for Support students, once you are offered a position you will be invited to attend an Orientation.

For travel arrangements please refer to the Assisted School Transport program website: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/programs/astp/index.php

Frequently Asked Questions

Is priority given to students who live in the Baulkham Hills area?
Baulkham Hills High School is a fully Selective School. There are no School Zone requirements - entry into the school is based on Academic Merit only.

If our family purchases a house in Baulkham Hills can my child gain entry into the School?
Purchasing property in the Baulkham Hills area does not gain your child entry into the School.

Are students accelerated?
Some students are accelerated in some subjects. No acceleration begins before Year 9. Students who are accelerated are expected to maintain strong academic results in all their subjects.

What is the School’s policy on Bring Your Own Device?
The school is still in the process of developing a policy related to Bring Your Own Device.

Can my student transfer from another selective school into Baulkham Hills High School?
Each student must apply through the application process to gain entry into Baulkham Hills High School. There is no transfer process for students between selective schools.

Our student has been advised they are on the waiting list; do we still enrol in our local school or wait for a position?
Continue your enrolment at your local high school as we do not know if a vacancy will become available.

What are the student numbers for positions to become vacant at the school?
There are often no positions available as the school does not know from year to year about the movements of individual families at the school.

How many students apply for positions each year?
The school receives many applications for each year from 8 to 12, often in excess of 200 applications for each year group.

Do applications roll over to the next year or do we have to apply each year?
Applications do not continue into the following year. Please note, if you have been notified you are on the reserve list and do not receive a placement your application does not continue into the following year. You are welcome to apply each year for a position. 

Does Baulkham Hills High School accept overseas students?
We accept students who are permanent residence or Australian Citizens. Students who are offered a place at the school must supply documentation which supports their residency status.

My child is currently studying overseas are their academic credentials taken into consideration when applying for a position at the school?
Our selection panel is familiar with the academic achievements of students who have been studying overseas. English translations of Academic Records should be provided and each application will be assessed by its merit.

Does Baulkham Hills High School offer Cadets?
There is a proud tradition of Cadets at Baulkham Hills High School, the program is only offered to students who attend the school . Meetings take place after school once a week. For further details about Cadets please refer to the heading “Extra Curricula” then go to the “Activities” on this website.

Where can we park our car for Orientation or Selective School tests?
Street parking is available in:

  • Carver Crescent, Baulkham  Hills, on the northern side of the school
  • Coronation Road, Baulkham Hills, opposite the school 

There are no parking facilities on the school grounds.

Is there a dedicated School bus?
The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) can be used for:

  • Travel between home and the school/campus at which the student is enrolled
  • Approved travel, Monday to Friday on school days

The Scheme does NOT extend to travel for activities such as:

  • School excursions
  • Sports events
  • Work experience
  • Attendance at Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools at a location away from the school/campus at which the student is enrolled
  • Attendance at multi-campus high schools, Saturday Schools
  • Parent’s place of work

Please refer to the following website for more details about the SSTS http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts

The school is unable to organise transport for individual students. Most students travel some distance to get to school and will be required to catch public transport to and from school. There are a number of public buses which stop close to or at the school. It is up to the individual family to decide which mode of transport best suits your student and how far you are happy for them to travel.  Some useful websites for travel arrangements include:

Hillsbus (Comfort Del Gro Cabcharge)    
www.hillsbus.com.au

Busways                                                   
www.busways.com.au

State Transit Authority                           
www.131500.com.au

City Rail                                                  
www.cityrail.gov.au

Transdev (Veolia)                                    
www.transdevnsw.com.au

Transit Systems                                       
www.transitsystems.com.au

Upon acceptance to the School you will receive an application form for travel which must be returned to the school to be lodged with the appropriate travel organisation. Once applications have been lodged the school will receive the new travel passes approximately two weeks after the start of Term 1 and they will be distributed DIRECTLY to students.

Bus drivers and railway staff have been instructed to permit FREE travel for students, to and from school, for a period of three weeks, whilst they are in Uniform. If your child is having difficulties during this time and is being asked to pay fares, please contact the State Transit Authority with the details of the bus number and route or relevant railway station.

© 2015 Baulkham Hills