Caringbah High School

A selective and coeducational high school, providing a quality, innovative and nurturing education.

Telephone02 9524 3859


Our school can help with enrolment queries throughout the year.

Caringbah High School is a fully selective high school. Selective schools help gifted and talented 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.

Year 7 applications for Caringbah High School

Entry into Year 7 2022

Applications for Year 7 entry to a selective high school are completed and submitted online.

The Selective High school Placement Test will be held on Thursday 11 March 2021.

For detailed information regarding Year 7 entry Department Of Education Selective Schools applications Year 7

Successful 2020 applicants - once you have received confirmation from the High Performing Students Unit and have accepted a position at Caringbah High School, you will receive an enrolment package at the end of term 3 by mail.

Years 8 to 11 applications for Caringbah High School

To apply for placement in a selective high school for Years 8 to 11 download the application form available from the link below.

For detailed information regarding Years 8 to 11 entry Department of Education Selective Schools applications Years 8 to 11 

Entry into Years 8 – 11, 2022

Applications for Years 8-11 entry to Caringbah High School in 2022 will be available from Monday 21 June 2021 and the closing date is Friday 16 July 2021

The entry test will be conducted on Saturday 7 August 2021. For administrative purposes, all candidates must be present at school by 9am.  The test will commence at 9.30am in Caringbah High School's Gymnasium.  Applicants will receive further information regarding testing procedures in an email from the school.

Please note that testing is required for 2022 entry.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Performance in the ACER Higher Ability Selection Test
  • An assessment by the Enrolment Committee of your child’s two most recent reports
  • An interview at the school will be conducted for whom the offer of a place is being considered

The Enrolment Committee will consider the students to be offered placement and will establish a short reserve list in order of priority based on academic merit. The Selective High Schools listed below are coordinating their entry test procedures for Years 8 – 11 on Saturday 7 August 2021:

  • Caringbah High School
  • Fort Street High School (Year 11 only)
  • Girraween High School
  • Gosford High School
  • Manly Selective Campus
  • North Sydney Girls High School
  • St George girls High School
  • Hornsby Girls High School
  • Penrith High School

If you wish to apply for other selective schools not on the above list, please make direct contact with the individual school. You may apply for entry to a maximum of three Selective High Schools. To gain entry to the above selective schools in Years 8 – 11 your child will need to sit the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne.

If your first preference from the group of schools listed above is Caringbah High School, you will need to apply and pay a non-refundable payment of $100. This administration fee pays for the setting , marking and external supervisors. Your child will then sit the test at Caringbah High School on Saturday 7 August 2021. 

A non-refundable administration fee of $30 will need to be paid to Caringbah High School if we are the second or third choice.

If your first preference of school is not listed above you will need to pay $100 to the first school selected from the list. 

The HAST Candidate Information Bulletin below provides you with details about the test.

HAST Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF 373.7 KB)


Application Process

For detailed information regarding the application process for Years 8 – 11 entry, including eligibility criteria:

  1. Download application form (PDF) available from Monday 21 June 2021. Complete the form, attach the two most recent school reports (semester 2, 2020 and semester 1, 2021), proof of Australian citizenship or permanent resident status and your online payment receipt number.
  2. Email the application (as a pdf attachment) to this must include the 2 school reports, proof of residency and your online payment receipt. 
  3. The application can be mailed instead of  being emailed to Caringbah High School, PO Box 328 Caringbah 1495. It must include the above documents and your online payment receipt or cheque (made payable to Caringbah High School).
  4. Late applications will not be accepted.
  5. Applications will not be accepted in person at Caringbah High School.
  6. Payments can be  made on  our school website using the tab 'make a payment', please include the online payment reciept with your application.
  7. All applicants will be acknowledged in writing by the school.
  8. Outcome advice will be sent to applicants in October/November.

How many students gain entry to Caringbah High School from Years 8 - 11?

  •  In 2018 sixteen students gained places in four year groups with over 170 students applying.
  •  In 2019 fourteen students gained places in four year groups with over 160 students applying.
  • In 2020 eleven students gained places in four year groups with over 150 students applying.
  •  As the school maintains 150 places in each of the Year groups from 7 – 10, new students can only enrol into these groups if a current student leaves the school. 
  • In Year 11 the Principal determines the number of new students in this year based on their performance in the ACER test and, where appropriate, school reports and an interview. This number will vary from year to year.
Enrolment into Year 12 would, in the majority of circumstances, be an educational disadvantage for the student.  Therefore enrolment into Year 12 would be highly unlikely and be at the discretion of the Principal.    

Important note - the enrolment information below is for non - selective local high schools.

Local enrolment area

Most schools have designated local enrolment areas. The School Finder shows our local enrolment area. Note: local enrolment areas are subject to change.

For more information, visit high school enrolment.

Download an application to enrol (PDF 5.9MB).

The application form must be completed in English. However, a translated application to enrol may help you to fill out the form in English.

We will assess applications for non-local enrolment on a case-by-case basis.

Moving overseas

Moving overseas and need school reports authenticated for DFAT? 

Email to arrange to bring original documents to 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta 2150