How do I apply for my child to attend Canberra Grammar School (CGS)?
You can submit an application for your child via our website. The application process is outlined on the Apply Online page.
My child has not yet been born. Can I put his/her name on the waitlist?
A child must be born at the time of application, as the full name and true date of birth are required.
Is there a fee to apply?
When submitting an application you must pay a once-off non-refundable fee of $175. If you have paid a registration fee before when previously submitting an application to CGS, at any time, you do not have to pay this fee again.
Is there a cut-off date for applications?
We accept applications throughout the year. We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible, as delaying the process will reduce the chances of obtaining a place.
Do you accept international students?
We are registered with CRICOS to accept Full Fee Paying Overseas Students (FFPOS).
CRICOS provider no. 00580G
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. CGS offers a range of Scholarships in both Year 7 and 11. In Year 7, Scholarships are available for academic and musical excellence, and in Year 11, specialised scholarships for leadership, global studies, academic excellence, science and technology, music excellence, and distinctive potential are offered. Please visit the Scholarships page for further information.
What is the difference between Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten at CGS?
At CGS – which can differ from other schools – Pre-School is for 3 year olds, and our Pre-Kindergarten is for 4 year olds. Both Pre-School and Pre-Kinder are offered on either a full-time (5 days per week) or part-time (5 days per fortnight) basis. The days of attendance are set upon the acceptance of a place and we do not offer flexible times/days.
What is the difference between the Northside and Southside campuses?
The Northside campus is located in Campbell and has a smaller student population. Northside Infants is home to one class in each Year level from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2, and has a total student population of approximately 100 students. When Northside students finish Year 2, they begin Year 3 at the Red Hill Campus.
The Southside campus is located in Red Hill. The Southside Infants campus has more than one class in each Year level from Pre-School to Year 2.
What are the main entry points?
For the Southside campus, the main entry points are Pre-School, Kindergarten, Year 3, Year 7 and Year 11. For Northside (Campbell) campus, the main entry point is Pre-Kindergarten. These are the main entry points because one or more classes are added to the existing cohort (e.g. the numbers of classes will increase from three to five, between Year 2 and Year 3). Although places only become available upon the departure of current students, applications for entry to all other Year groups are welcome.
Can I change the desired entry Year on my child’s application?
You can do this at any time via the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (2) 6260 9617.
How do you decide who is offered a place?
The School will make offers to applicants on each waiting list, subject to interviews and assessment, in the following order until all places in each Year group are full:
- Scholarship winners and applicants with academic scholarship results in the top 25% of external applicants by performance rank (applies to Years 7 and 11 entry only)
- Siblings of current students by age at registration date
- Siblings and children of Canberra Grammar School Alumni by age at registration date; and
- Other applicants by age at registration date (if applied after 1 May 2018).
Please see our Admissions Policy for full details.
What are my chances of obtaining a place for my child?
The best chance of obtaining a place is to submit an application as early as possible. For those who submitted an application before 1 May 2018, this means that your child’s application will be considered by the date of application. For those who submitted an application on or after 1 May 2018, your child’s application will be considered by their age at registration.
The waitlist for every Year level is different and each waitlist changes from week-to-week, including reasons such as families changing their desired entry level, moving away, or due to the nature of the Canberra workforce, families posted overseas. This means that it is very difficult to give an accurate indication of your chances of obtaining a place, particularly if you have applied for entry in a Year that is not a main entry point. This is also the reason we do not give your child a ‘number’ on the waitlist, as their position will be changing often.
We understand that you may move to Canberra at short notice for a variety of reasons and therefore will not have registered your child from a young age; this does not mean you have no chance of obtaining a place. Each Year level is different, and each time of year is different. The best thing to do in this instance is to call the Admissions Office to enquire about availability.
When will we know if we might obtain a place?
For the main entry points, we commence our enrolment process two years prior to the entry year by emailing all families on the respective waitlists, asking them to confirm if they are still interested in the year level their child is registered for. This process therefore does not allow us to indicate if a place will be available in more than two years’ time. For main entry points, we may offer places as early as 18 months from the entry year and generally we will finalise the enrolments by Term 2 of the preceding year. For all other years, we may offer places as they arise. If this is the case, we will contact families directly to offer an interview. Due to the number of children on the waitlists, unfortunately we cannot contact everyone to advise that a place has not been offered.
Please note that families can only be contacted using the details provided and it is the responsibility of families to inform the School of any changes in contact details after registration.
We do encourage families to be active in their involvement in the admissions process and we welcome your call to check in on your child’s application.
Does it help our chances of obtaining a place if I live in the area or my child is a high achiever?
We are not a selective school. This means that a student’s address and/or academic ability neither advantages, nor disadvantages them in being considered for a place.
I attended another grammar school – does my child receive a priority on their application?
We do not have any links to other grammar schools and therefore, any associations would not increase your child’s chances of obtaining a place.
Can I defer an offer?
Offers are not transferable. If an offer is made and is not accepted, your child will return to a waitlist and their position will again be determined by their date of application (or age at application from 1 May 2018). We cannot guarantee a place in the future, even if you have previously had an offer made to you.
Do I have to pay to accept a place?
Yes. Families are required to pay the School Renewal Charge in order to accept a place. This charge is used to support the major refurbishment of existing School facilities and the development of new facilities. It is non-refundable, not tax deductible, and is paid per student, not per family.