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    Default How to choose a high school??

    So, I have started looking for a high school for DS...i am finding it mind boggling.

    He is a high achiever and I have been looking at SEAL programs and tested entry type schools...i am in Melbourne.

    Reasonable access to the City so am considering University High.

    Box Hill have a great program...also easy to get to.

    Highvale looks OK and will work well with DD too...but does not seem academic enough.


    I have looked at Melbourne High but that is Year 9-12 only...so obviously I need to get him in somewhere good so that he does well on their entry tests in Year 8.


    What should I look for?? Does travel time have a huge impact? Only Melb high offers our language of choice...in cannot find another high school that offeres Japanese for the lower years

    I am open to Private as well but have not come across one that has a good enough SEAL type program.

    What was your checklist like?

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    http://www.education.vic.gov.au/abou...spx?Redirect=1

    This list of schools might help you.

    http://www.edutest.com.au/edutest/ScholSchoolList.asp

    This seems to include private schools as well.

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    that edutest list is a great one! It will help me a lot more than the others I have found...

    I still find it mind boggling...such a huge bloody decision and is really life altering!

    I have already had to change his primary school due to a raft of issues I really want to get his high school right after making such a terrible first decision on his primary. His current primary school is a specialist gifted and talented school...and his is going great guns so I hope he will do OK on the entry tests and his extra curric will also boost him.

    Is it worth applying to several schools via edutest??

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    I'm not sure to be honest, my DS isn't gifted even though I think he's great

    I guess it wouldn't hurt to apply to several schools just in case, they seem to run them at different times of the year which would suggest that people do more than on. I'd probably have him on the wait list for both non-seal programs and seal programs just in case.

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    I also have a G&T child, and while the decision is a little while off for us, academics won't be a big factor. We will be choosing more on special interest factors, such as music (our school is very musically oriented) and the ability to look at children as individuals and create learning pathways to suit. I think it's too easy for academic kids to be over focused in one area (usually their areas of strength) and fail to develop as rounded individuals without a full understanding of how to work with other people (all sorts of other people) and how to express other parts of their personality.

    From a practical perspective, I refuse to let a huge proportion of her day be chewed up by travel time, so relatively local options are a must. We are lucky that one of our local high schools has a very strong music programme, and we are following the developments at Templestowe College with interest (both the Montessori Erdkinder and the Accelerated programme they are offering could be options for us.)

    Good luck with your search!

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    I think that is why i am struggling to be honest...i want a well rounded education for him.

    He has an huge interest in Japan/Japanese so i would love that as LOTE but not many offer it.

    His talents are in English/Maths and IQ...but I don't want to have that as his sole focus...just to know he will be challenged and love it.

    He hates all ball sports (lol) but loves gymnastics and karate...so want a school with a sports focus but not only ball sports (again,not so common).

    He wants to pursue a career in archeology or palaeontology (atm - this might change) so sciences will be important.

    What I love about his current primary is that they don't just focus on one area...but the overall ability of the students is high and there is an across the board "feeling" about the school that works for my son. I cannot tell you how much his life has changed for the better since starting this school...it is breath taking to see him thriving.

    I have seen the damage the wrong school can cause...is prob leading to some of my anxiety over getting secondary right!

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    oh, one thing i do know is that with the testing...you can do the one round of tests and then pay a fee to have them submitted to a number of schools...means the kids don't have to sit numerous tests which is good. I think it was about $80 per school you want the results sent to....so, i don't want to apply to too many lol

    I have a friend going through the decision process too...we are going to try and get a short list of 5 schools to visit and then see if one jumps out. We would love our boys to stay together but also know that we need to find the right school for each of them and if that means different schools - so be it.

    How important would staying with a friend be??

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    I am currently looking at high school for my dd. She's just your average student really not to interested in school. I'm tossing up 2 if my local schools one is bigger than the other and they both offer a different lote.
    It's such a hard decision to make.
    Good luck


 

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