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

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

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.

Year 8 to 12 applications for Caringbah High School

To apply for placement in a selective high school for Years 8 to 12 download the application form available from the link below.

For detailed information regarding Year 8 to 12 entry Department of Education Selective Schools applications Year 8 to 12 

Entry into Years 8 – 11, 2020

Applications are now closed.

Please note that testing is required for 2020 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 entrance test procedures for years 8 – 11 to be held on Saturday 10th August 2019.

  • 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

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 for the test at Caringbah High School. Your child will then sit the test at Caringbah High School on 10th August 2019 arriving at 9.00am, commencing at 9.30am and finishing approximately 1.00pm.  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 the application form, available from Friday 21 June 2019. Follow the instructions to complete the form and attach the two most recent reports and proof of Australian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  2. Return the application form to Caringbah High School by 3.15pm  Friday 26 July 2019. You must send separate applications to all the Selective High Schools in which you are seeking enrolment. A non-refundable application fee of $100 must be paid to Caringbah High School when the application is submitted if it is your first preference. This administration fee pays for the setting and marking of the test by Australian Council Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne and for the external supervisors. A non-refundable administration fee of $30 must be paid if Caringbah High School is your second or third preference.
  3. Payment can be made at the school office between 8.30am - 3.15pm by: cash, cheque (made payable to Caringbah High School), credit card (pay in person at the school before 1.30pm) or made online via our school website using the tab "make a payment" please print the receipt and attach to the application.
  4. All applicants will be acknowledged in writing by the school.
  5. Outcome advice will be sent to applicants in September/October.
  6. Late applications will not be accepted. 

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 new students started over the four year groups with over 160 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.

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 or contact us to discuss your child’s enrolment.

Download an application to enrol (PDF 579KB).

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.