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Selective Schools have many advantages, though some are controversial.


The academically competitive nature of these schools can either encourage students to perform or leave them discouraged. This depends on the suitability of the individual, and perhaps their level of maturity. If a child passes the entrance test they should be capable of working well at a selective school, though a period of adjustment is quite common.


Normal cost and fees. Government selective schools achieve impressive HSC results. Private schools also achieve good results, but at considerable financial cost to the parents.


Like Minded students – Having the child know they are intelligent and capable, while still recognizing the comparable intelligence of others around them, is a valuable lesson. Children learn to value themselves for achievement rather than competitiveness of superiority.


A different approach – A criticism of many schools is that they encourage rote learning. This is partly the limitation imposed by the students. Less capable individuals must resort to rote learning. Intelligent individuals can understand the topic and approach the information more creatively. Selective schools take the more intelligent approach.


Ethnic diversity is high in selective school, but there is concern over the larger percentage of children from foreign families. There is no clear reason for the larger number of students from foreign backgrounds. If student are capable there should not be a problem.


Student already enrolled in private schools may find the school is reluctant to let them take a selective school test or accept a selective school position. This is unethical, but it is a testimony to the appeal of selective schools.


Selective schools are advantageous to the student who are prepared for and suited to that environment. Some primary school tutoring can help a child reach its potential and maximise both the chances of acceptance and the benefits of a selective school place.