Entrance Assessments

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 informal play-based assessment in small groups for about 1 hour. These assessments of the younger boys (Preschool to Year 2) entering the School are designed to determine a boy’s readiness for the programme which the Prep School offers. Boys are expected to have good spoken English. The assessments are usually held towards the end of Term 1 (Kindergarten) and beginning of Term 3 (Preschool). However, if places are available an assessment for a boy can be arranged at any time prior to entry.

Assessments for older boys (Years 3-6) are usually held in the year prior to entry, however if places are available, an assessment for a boy can be arranged at any time prior to entry. These assessments are designed to evaluate a boy’s potential to flourish in an academically selective environment. It is expected that boys of this age are achieving well or displaying potential at their current school. Boys who perform well in the first entrance assessment are then invited back on a school day for a few hours in small groups to complete tasks in Literacy and Numeracy in a collaborative setting. The successful applicants are then invited for an interview with the Headmaster, accompanied by their parents.

Academic coaching for the assessment 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.

Assessment Dates for 2021 places

  • Preschool entry for 2021 will be held in June 2020
  • Kindergarten entry for 2021 will be held in March 2020
  • First entry assessments for Year 5 2021 will be held on Saturday, 1 August 2020
  • First entry assessments for Year 3 2021 will be held on Saturday, 15 August 2020
  • For Year 3 and for Year 5, the second small group entry assessment will be held in the following weeks on a school day for a few hours in the morning.

An Application Form can be downloaded here: Application Form Sydney Grammar School (.pdf)

The signed and completed form, together with the (non-refundable) Application Fee of $253, should be mailed to:


St Ives Enrolments Office
Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory School
Ayres Rd, St Ives 2075 NSW, Australia

Phone: 8302 5218

For information about the assessment process, please contact St Ives Enrolments Office on 8302 5218 or email stivesenrolments@sydgram.nsw.edu.au