STEP 1: EXPLORE THE SCHOOL
Families are invited to explore the School by viewing the website, by contacting the Admissions Office, by visiting the School at a time convenient for your family, or by attending an open day or regional visit.
STEP 2: REGISTRATION
Families are encouraged to register formally with the School as early as possible. Applicants will be placed on the Registration List in the order in which the Admissions Office receives their Application for Registration form, and the non-refundable Registration Fee of $175. Registration does not guarantee the offer of a place. Please note that registration will only be accepted once a child has been born.
Co-education transition – when can I apply?
The extension of co-education beyond existing provision from Pre-School to Year 2 will be phased over a number of years, with girls and boys now able to apply as follows:
- For entry in 2017 and onwards: applications are open for all years: Pre-School to Year 11.
- For entry in 2017: applications are open for Pre-School to Year 5 and for Years 7 and 11; and
- For entry in 2018 and onwards: applications are open for all years from Pre-School to Year 11.
|CGS is going fully co-educational from Pre-School to Year 12
To learn about the transition to full co-education at CGS, please visit the ‘CGS goes fully co-educational‘ page.
The main points of entry for the School are:
|Year Group||Open to||Age requirements|
|Pre-school||day students||must turn 3 by 30 April in year of entry|
|Pre-Kindergarten Northside||day students||must turn 4 by 30 April in year of entry|
|Year 3||day students||must turn 8 by 30 April in year of entry|
|Year 7||day students
boarding (currently boys only)
|must turn 12 by 30 April in year of entry|
|Year 11||day students
boarding (currently boys only)
|must turn 16 by 30 April in year of entry|
The School invites expressions of interest for girls in boarding in 2018 onwards. Applications for entry to all other year groups are welcome. Applicants will be invited for assessment and interview as places become available.
STEP 3: APPLICATION
In the year prior to the requested entry year, the School will contact families to confirm their continued desire for entry to the School. Submitting an application does not guarantee that a place at the School will be offered. View our Admissions Policy.
Applicants wishing to apply for a scholarship in Years 7 or 11 should also apply online. The Scholarship exam is held at the School in March in the year before entry.
STEP 4: ASSESSMENT AND INTERVIEW
Canberra Grammar School offers an academically-oriented curriculum, focusing on all levels of academic effort. Through interviews, assessment and analysis of previous reports and NAPLAN results, applicants must demonstrate sufficient academic aptitude, personal maturity and good conduct. The assessment and interview process differs depending on the desired entry level.
Pre-School to Year 2
Applicants for entry in any year at this stage attend, with their parents, an interview with the relevant Director or Assistant Director. Families are asked to send previous school, early learning centre or childcare centre reports for consideration prior to interview. During the interview, students will undertake cognitive and social assessment to determine their ability to access the School’s learning programme. If applicants are not yet thought to be ready, they may be offered the opportunity to defer their applications to a later year.
Year 3 to Year 6
Applicants for entry in any year at this stage attend, with their parents, an interview with the Head of CGS Primary or a designated senior member of the Primary staff. They may also undertake some aptitude testing to determine their ability to access the School’s curriculum or to assist with class placement.
Year 7 to Year 11
Applicants for entry in any year at this stage attend, with their parents, an interview with the Head or a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team. They may also undertake aptitude testing to determine their ability to access the School’s curriculum, and to assist with class placement.
STEP 5: OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE
If an offer of a place is made, parents will be informed in writing and asked to return signed and completed acceptance forms with the payment of the non-refundable School Renewal Charge to secure the enrolment. Accepting a place at the School includes acceptance of the School’s formal terms and conditions of enrolment. View our Admissions Policy.
Once a child’s offer of a place has been accepted, the School will contact the family notifying them of the relevant orientation programmes, parent information session, uniform information, textbook requirements, and co-curricular activities via the School’s online communication portal, CGS Connect. The following year’s Fee Schedule is usually released in November and payment options are forwarded to families with the invoice for the first terms fees.
ADMISSIONS OFFICE (REGISTRAR)
Ms Huma Cheema - Registrar
Ms Lucy Welsh - Assistant Registrar
T +61 (2) 6260 9744