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Local area application

  • ‘In area’ enrolment is determined by residency in the local drawing area. Proof of residency is required using the Department of Education’s 100 point system (lease notice, rate notice and/or contract of sale or a sub-leasing agreement in the name of the applicant’s parent or legal guardian). Proof of legal guardianship may also be required to confirm residential status.
  • An enrolment buffer is maintained each year to accommodate local applicants who move into the area during the year. While this is a Department of Education requirement, there is no  guarantee that the buffer will not  be fully exhausted in any one year. This may cause temporary challenges to local enrolment applicants.
  • Where no vacancies exist for an ‘in area’ student moving into the local area, the Principal will liaise with the Director Educational Leadership to find a place for the student at another local school until a vacancy becomes available. A position at Sylvania High School will be offered as soon as it becomes available, and will be a priority offer.
  • Where more than one student is waiting for an ‘in area’ offer, offers will be made as soon as a position becomes available and in order of the student’s date of application.
  • Where a student moves in area and applies for enrolment, the student’s previous school will be contacted to ensure that there is no history of violent behaviour at the previous school.
  • Where a student is enrolling with a history of violent behaviour, the enrolment will not be finalised until a full risk assessment has been undertaken and strategies to support the student are in place.

Non-local area application

Where vacancies exist in a given year, the number of positions available to out of area applications will be determined by the Selection Committee, based on a clear set of criteria. There is no implied order established by this listing of criteria. A broad approach, based on the individual application, will form the basis of selection.

The Enrolment Committee considers each out of area application on the information supplied. This is a rigorous process as the school has a limited number of places for out of area applications. Non-local applicants need to provide detailed and accurate substantiating evidence to successfully meet the selection criteria including but not limited to: previous academic reports, documentation of achievements and NAPLAN reports.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability in learning and achieving personal best.
  2. Demonstrated special interests and abilities in areas that may include sports, creative and performing arts, leadership and social justice, advanced technologies, debating or public speaking, volunteering and/or entrepreneurship.
  3. Demonstrated leadership, social skills and tolerance displayed in their primary school years
  4. Demonstrated interpersonal and personal skills when collaborating with peers, teachers and the broader community.
  5. Explanation of how the school will be able to meet the needs of the student in a way that the local school cannot.
  6. Accessibility through the convenience of travel and/or facilities of the school.
  7. Current sibling enrolment at the school.

The Selection Committee considers each out of area application on the information supplied. This process is competitive as the school has a limited number of places for out of area applications. Therefore, out of area applications need to provide sufficient information to adequately address as many of the selection criteria as possible to be successful.

Consideration may also be given to:

  • Students with a physical disability (providing that the school can meet the specific needs of the student).
  • Students who generally live relatively close to the school.
  • Students who nominate Sylvania High School as their first choice in the Department of Education primary school application form.
  • Overseas fee-paying students approved by the Department of Education International Students unit.
  • Students who have demonstrated the capacity to support the ethos and culture of the school, as determined by the Selection Committee.

For more information on non-local enrolments, please click below:DOE Enrolment Information

Checklist for Non-local Area Applications

When completing the ‘Moving into Year 7 in a NSW Government School in 2023’ form received from the primary school and you would like to nominate Sylvania High School as your non-local area high school we suggest the following:

  • In Section C, nominate Sylvania High School as Choice 1.
  • Complete the Sylvania High School Non-local Application Process 2023 (form will be available to download from this page soon).

How to Enrol

Apply online. If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident you are eligible to complete the online enrolment application. You will then need to finalise the application at the school.

If you are not eligible or prefer not to enrol online, use the application to enrol (PDF 768.4KB) form. Please complete the form in English. A translated application to enrol may help you do this.

For more information, visit high school enrolment.

Enrichment ‘Test’ for Year 7 2023

The date for the 2023 Enrichment Test will be advised at a later date due to the current COVID restrictions. 

We believe it is important to have a full understanding of the capabilities of our students to best meet their learning needs. Our outstanding record of high academic achievement in the HSC, most recently affirmed in 2020 with 256 Band 5 and 6 results, is testament to our expertise in lifting achievement through intellectual rigour.

At Sylvania High School, we hold a Transition Day in Term 3 for students enrolled in Year 7 the following year, where they complete an assessment that helps us better understand all students’ capabilities, not just those who may have academic prowess. This ensures our testing process is in the spirit of authentic assessment that supports the transition of young people. It is not conducted before expressions of interest are completed in Term 1 of every year because it is not used as a means of securing enrolment in our school.

Whilst we cater for our high potential, gifted and highly gifted students through placement in an academic enrichment class, our beliefs about learning are underpinned by the principles of Gagne’s model of instructional design to ensure every student in every classroom has the opportunity to be enriched in their learning through high quality experiences and equity of access.

Every student enrolled for Year 7 at our school for the following year will be invited to the Transition Day in Term 3 to complete the placement test and also engage in additional learning and wellbeing activities that safeguards their successful transition to our school.

Getting to Sylvania High School – Student Stories

Below are two stories shared by our current Year 7 students about how they get to school each day.

Keyhan – Year 7

Every day I catch the bus to school and I’m writing this to inform you about the wonders of catching the bus!

One day I was casually walking towards my bus stop when I saw my bus zoom past me! Thankfully, it stopped at my bus stop and I ran as fast as I could there and just made it.

When catching the bus this sort of thing is expected. Sometimes you might even miss the bus! But don’t worry because buses come to your local bus stop every 10-15 minutes.

Buses are such a safe and convenient way of travelling to school. It also saves my parents time and energy having to drive me.

Murat – Year 7

I usually walk to the bus stop at 7.50am. The bus then comes in only 3 minutes! Can you believe that I barely ever have to wait for the bus? Now if you are thinking why you should take the bus well buckle up cause this ride is about to be crazy.

First of all my parents don’t have to wake up tired after a long day of work. My parents for example work very long shifts and me taking the bus just helps them out a lot.

Now my second point is the bus gets you to school a billion times quicker. The bus only takes 10 minutes and without traffic it only takes 5 minutes!

For me the bus allows me to talk to my friends or take a nap on the way home, or even finish off homework and saves the trouble of my parents taking me to school and trying to park.

So wake up, get ready and buckle up because the bus ride to high school is going to be an adventure!

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