At any entry point into the School, the entrance assessment is age appropriate, becoming more formalised as a boy gets older.
Young boys who wish to enter St Ives Preparatory School in the early years (Preschool or Kindergarten) are invited for an Activities Morning, which is an informal play-based assessment, conducted in small groups for about 90 minutes. Activities Mornings are designed to determine a boy’s readiness for the programme which the Prep School offers. Boys are expected to have a strong proficiency in spoken English. For younger boys, these are usually held towards the end of Term 1 (Kindergarten) and during Term 3 (Preschool) in the year prior to entry. However, if places are available in Preschool – Year 2, an Activities Morning could be offered by the Headmaster at any time prior to entry.
Activities Mornings for older boys (Years 3-6) are also held in the year prior to entry, however if places are available, a boy could be invited by the Headmaster to come to the School at any time prior to entry. Activities Mornings are designed to evaluate a boy’s potential to flourish in our Prep School environment and provide an enjoyable way for us to get to know your son in a collaborative setting. It is expected that boys of this age are achieving well or displaying potential at their current school. Following on from an Activities Morning, a small number of boys will be invited for an interview with the Headmaster, accompanied by their parents.
Academic coaching prior to attending an Activities Morning is not necessary, in fact we strongly discourage it. We are looking for boys with long-term potential to enjoy all that Sydney Grammar School has to offer, where dispositions such as curiosity and creativity are encouraged and fostered.
Opportunities for Entry in 2024
- Activities Mornings for Preschool 2024 will commence on Monday 14 August 2023 and will continue until all places have been offered.
- Activities Mornings for Kindergarten 2024 will commence on Monday 6 March 2023 and will continue until all places have been offered.
- Activities Mornings for Year 3 2024 will commence on Monday 29 May 2023 and will continue until all places have been offered.
- Activities Mornings for Year 5 2024 will commence on Monday 8 May 2023 and will continue until all places have been offered.
To make an online application to St Ives Preparatory School on behalf of your son, please click here.
For information or to enquire about admission to Sydney Grammar School, please contact the School’s Registrar, Edwina Alexander on 8302 5218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org