How to Apply
Step 1: Explore the School
Families are invited to explore the School by viewing the website, requesting an information pack from the Admissions Office and by visiting the School at a time convenient to your or by attending an open day.
Step 2: Registration
Families are encouraged to register formally with the School as early as possible. Registration will only be accepted once a child has been born and 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.
Step 3: Application
In the year prior to the requested entry year, the School will contact families to confirm their continued desire to apply for a place. Applicants wishing to apply for a scholarship in Years 5, 7 or 11 should also apply online via this website. 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 at all levels on academic effort. Through interviews, assessment and analysis of previous reports and NAPLAN results, applicants demonstrate sufficient academic aptitude, personal maturity and good conduct for the School to be confident of their ability to engage successfully in the School's curriculum. The assessment and interview process differs depending on the desired entry level.
Preschool 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 program. 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 some aptitude testing to determine their ability to access the School's curriculum, or to assist with class placement.
Step 5: Offers, acceptance and wait listing
If the offer of a place is made, parents will be informed in writing and asked to return a signed acceptance form, which entails acceptance of the School's formal terms and conditions of enrolment, along with the non-refundable Capital Charge.