Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs


Children with academic ability and creative talent thrive in our Gifted and Talented Programs. These unique academic, arts and languages programs provide a challenging curriculum designed to bring out the very best in students.

Available at 18 select secondary schools, including a fully selective academic school, an arts college, an online option and a regional school, children learn alongside like-minded peers and are taught by teachers with expert skills and knowledge.

Your child can apply for these programs no matter where you live in Western Australia and, once selected, are guaranteed places at these schools. Successful country applicants may be eligible to board at City Beach Residential College and receive the Gifted and Talented Boarding Allowance.

The Gifted and Talented Selection Unit hold information sessions regarding the application, selection and placement processes.

To find out dates and locations of the information sessions and to submit an online application, please visit Alternatively, you can contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit on 9264 4307 or by email at

All Gifted and Talented Program applicants must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test coordinated by the Department of Education regardless of what program they are applying for. The test includes individual assessments in the areas of mathematics and science, language, writing and non-verbal reasoning. Offers of placement cannot be considered if this academic test is not completed.  A child with a learning disability may apply for a Selective Entrance Test Exemption (Arts Only) by requesting an application form from the Gifted and Talented branch.

Children are then required to participate in workshops, auditions, and interviews. Shortlisted applicants are required to participate in an interview and to submit school reports.

Music applicants: An applicant for the Gifted and Talented Music Program must nominate one or two musical instruments that they currently play. Applicants cannot be selected for piano/keyboard. Applicants who only play piano will be tested on the piano but will be expected to learn a second instrument once accepted into the program. An applicant who currently plays piano and a second instrument will be tested on the second instrument. Singing (voice) is an instrument and can be nominated. Piano students can enter through the percussion stream.

Contact Gifted and Talented for further information on 9264 4307. You can apply  here.

Football Program

Applications for the Football Program are directly to the college and begin in Term 1 of Year 6. Entry is through selection trials, interviews and school reports, and is available for students from Years 7  to 11. Applications for 2021 close 3 July 2020.

All football students have equal access to the college’s Academic Excellence Program and the Music Enrichment (Class Music) Program, which includes ensembles, bands and orchestras.

Local Intake

If you live in the local catchment areas of East Fremantle Primary School, Richmond Primary School and North Fremantle Primary School you can enrol your children as local intake students.  Local enrolment packs are delivered to the primary schools in July. Local students must reside inside the catchment area. Proof of residence will be required on application.

All local students have equal access to the college’s Academic Excellence Program and the Music Enrichment (Class Music) Program, which includes ensembles, bands and orchestras. Students enrolled as a local do not have access to the Gifted and Talented or Specialist Programs. All local students must apply through the correct channels if they wish to be included in the above programs.

Are you living in the local catchment area? Download a zone map: Local Intake Area

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions How does my child apply for a Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program? Students apply in October of their …

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