Welcome to Sydney's first STEM High School,
designed exclusively for year 11 & 12 students who are passionate about science and aspiring to become our future Scientists, Doctors, Inventors and Engineers.
The school, established in 2021, was born out of our ambition to create a place where high school science education can flourish, with students receiving the stimulating challenges and individual attention they need to not only excel in their HSC, but also to prepare them for the rigorous demands of today's STEM-related university degrees.
Our path in education started in 2003, at the front gates of James Ruse Ag. on our final day of high school, when we had the ambitious idea of running HSC head-start courses to pass on our hard-earned knowledge, exam skills and growing appreciation of science to the younger cohort. With the support of our Principal we began our little endeavour whilst studying science at university, teaching out of our old-school's classrooms in the holidays. We'd also put in time at the school's science department, teaching university-level physics and chemistry to Olympiad students during the term.
We soon found that we had a real knack and enjoyment for teaching, and what started as a hobby during our university years grew into a full-time profession. In 2006 we founded our specialist science tutoring college of the same name, the proving ground where we have been testing and refining the education programs that will be used at the new school.
Our vision is to bring together the most gifted of science educators and the most enquiring of students, in an environment ideal for teaching and learning.
Joey Tsao & Shaun Balnave,
Co-Founders & Co-Principals
Staff & Facilities
Joining us in raising the next generation of scientific thinkers is an outstanding team of educators: including both highly accomplished secondary teachers, and talented scientists & tertiary educators turned teachers (an astrophysicist, an ex-associate professor of chemistry, and an ecological biologist to name a few), bringing a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and real-world expertise.
We all share a passion for delivering quality science education, and love bringing students through the learning process―from seeing that initial light-bulb moment, to helping students gain confidence and proficiency in applying their knowledge, and seeing the fruits of that in a great academic result (and the exciting tertiary pathways that this opens).
Light filled and airy, with exposed foundations of concrete, timber and steel, and vibrant with diverse plant-life, the new school campus has been designed to bring out students' natural curiosity into the forms, properties and functions that exist in our physical world.
Click on the photos below for highlights of the school's design and construction, and to get to know some of our teachers. You can keep up with all the latest at the school by following us on instagram.
Learning through Mentorship
We have a record low 6:1 student to teacher ratio, which makes every moment in the classroom interactive and engaging. Close mentorship and timely individual feedback enables students to be guided through a rigorous problem-based approach to learning―the ideal way to learn maths and science, since it fosters critical thinking and gives students a solid working knowledge of the subject. Students also build character as they work under the guidance of good role models, producing mature individuals who are ready to tackle real-world problems.
We know that students learn science best by 'doing' science—that is, by practising the scientific method, whereby one gains reliable knowledge about nature through logic and critical thinking, and by gathering empirical evidence through observation and experiment. It's the same method used by doctors to make successful diagnoses, engineers to deliver solutions under real-world constraints, and researchers in every field to make new discoveries.
Under the close supervision of our teachers, many of whom have been responsible for their own laboratories in tertiary or commercial settings, students will conduct experiments individually and in greater detail and complexity. This allows students to develop strong independent analytical skills, and gain a deeper insight into both the scientific method & the processes responsible for modern-day technologies.
Year 11 is dedicated to mastering the fundamentals of the 3 natural sciences (2 unit Physics, Chemistry, Biology); gaining command over the language of science (2 unit Mathematics Advanced and Extension 1 Mathematics) and honing the ability to communicate effectively (2 unit English Advanced and Extension 1 English).
Year 12 provides an opportunity for students to focus on their areas of interest, choosing at least 2 Science subjects, and adding on up to Extension 1 Science, Extension 2 Mathematics, and Extension 2 English.
Students wishing to study additional subjects from the arts and humanities, such as languages and music, will be able to do so through external providers including the Sydney Distance Education High School and the NSW School of Languages.
Sports & Fitness
With regular exercise being key to maintaining health and wellbeing, and able to boost memory and thinking skills, Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to school sports―both recreational and competitive. Physical activities such as dance and martial arts will also be offered, alongside tailored fitness programs run by a professional sports trainer, to help students make regular exercise an enjoyable and rewarding habit.
Students wishing to advance their technical skill set can take up extracurricular computing labs with our resident data scientist, where they will learn to code in Python (the scientific programming language of choice) in order to analyse data and find numerical solutions to some of the interesting and complex problems encountered in science and maths.
For the most ambitious of students who want to be challenged well beyond the NSW curriculum, the school will run training programs for the Science & Mathematics International Olympiads. These programs take students to university-level studies, with the opportunity to compete for selection to represent Australia in international competition.
We take the complication out of school fees and other costs by bundling them all into a single annual fee of $26500 (paid in monthly instalments), inclusive of enrolment, tuition, textbooks, course equipment, uniforms, excursions, extracurricular & school sporting activities.
To allow for more students with the aptitude for science to have access to outstanding science teachers, mentorship in small classes, and sophisticated lab facilities, we've introduced the following initiatives:
Covid-19 Access Scholarship
To assist families in the recent economic downturn, the school will be providing a $10000 access scholarship for all 2021 Year 11 enrolments, spread over the total payment period, reducing school fees to $21500 per annum over 2 years.
Payment Period Extension
Families have the option to spread out the regular 2 years of school fees over either a 3 year period ($15132* per annum), or a 4 year period ($11940* per annum).
* inclusive of the Covid-19 Access Scholarship
Families that opt for the Payment Period Extension can also access a $4000 scholarship where the student commits to working 156 hours over 2 years on school enterprises. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in revenue generating work, enriching their education by picking up industry skills & knowledge, whilst contributing to their own school fees. Families will benefit from lowered annual school fees of $13799 per annum for 3 year payment plans, or $10940 per annum for 4 year payment plans.
Open Days & Enrolment
We're now enrolling for Year 11 2021, and both Years 11 & 12 2022, with a limited intake of 20 students per grade. The enrolment process involves both an entry test and an interview.
To register your interest, and to attend one of our open days, please fill out the form below, or call and leave a message on 9868 1095, and we'll be in touch as soon as we can.