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Gorokan High School

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Selective class at Gorokan High School

Entry to the class

The selective class at Gorokan High School is an academic class in which entry is managed by the Selective High School Unit.

Students wishing to integrate the class must sit an exam in Year 6. The administration forms and dates are managed by your local primary public school. However, here is a link to access the current information about the application procedures and due dates for Year 7.

The exams are rigorous and ability based. Therefore, practising from previous tests is recommended. Local educational bookstores have available different types of practice books for your child to gain an insight about the exam.

The Selective School Unit will send the list of students to Gorokan High which has accepted the placement in our school. Gorokan High School does not have a say in this placement.

Exams are done in March each year. Contact your primary school to gather more information.

Selective class entry year 8-10

Students across the Central Coast area have the opportunity to gain entry into the selective class later on in their juniors years.

Applications form for this entry are available online at the Selective School Unit, selective entry year 8-12 or from our school or office.

Application for entry to selective high schools in Years 8 - 12 in 2020 opens on 21 June 2019 and closes on 26 July 2019. Application forms are available on the selective high school unit website from June 2018.

Gorokan High School procedures for entry in the selective class in years 8 to 10 is as follows:

  • submit the application form on the due date to the school office
  • students sit an ability test on Friday 23rd August, Term 3, 2019
  • on the day of the test, please bring previous school reports, NAPLAN results and any relevant awards
  • the results of the application will be posted to parents in Term 4 of the current school year
  • contact the GATS coordinator for any assistance silvia.rudmann@det.nsw.edu.au

What happens if the application is successful:

  • if the student is currently enrolled at Gorokan High School, no further paperwork is necessary. Just respond to the acceptance note for the placement in the selective classroom
  • if the student is not currently enrolled at Gorokan High School, an enrollment application form will be sent to the parents together with any other relevant information to be completed.

Selective classes expectations

The academic level of the selective class is high and rigorous. Teachers are expecting that the students work hard to reach their personal best and true potential. Misbehaviour is not tolerated in the classroom and discipline procedures are followed.

Students need to bring their classroom materials and books every day and comply with all teachers instructions in the classroom and adhere to the school uniform policy.

It is expected that students reach the academic level in the top 10% of the school cohort and they participate in extra-curricular activities.

Improvement program for selective class students

Students who are having academic or behaviour issues in the selective class may be placed on an improvement program by teacher recommendation.

The aim of the improvement program is to help the student to get back on track with the level of study of the class, improve study skills, task management and school organisation. The program is not a discipline program but usually misbehaviour leads to low achievement in class.

Students participating in the improvement program work at lunch with the program coordinator for a period of two or three weeks. The program coordinator monitors the progress of the students and parents are contacted by mail about it.

Usually, by anecdotal records, students improve their skills and they can get on track with the academic demands of the class at the end of the program. Rarely, students are removed from the selective class but it may happen if the pressure and demands to perform in the class is affecting their general well being and the improvement program was not beneficial for them.

When students are removed from the selective class, they are placed in the academic level below the selective class. Students can sit the selective test entry to come back to the selective class in future years if they wish.