Agricultural high schools
There are four agricultural high schools.
- Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth - boarders and day students, boys only
- Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Glenfield - boarders and day students, co-educational
- Yanco Agricultural High School, Yanco - boarders only, co-educational
- James Ruse Agricultural High School - day students only, co-educational.
Boarders are required to board (live) at the school during the school terms.
Agriculture is a compulsory subject from Years 7 to 10 in Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Yanco Agricultural High School, Hurlstone Agricultural High School and James Ruse Agricultural High School.
Richmond High School-Richmond Agricultural College is a partially selective high school where students in the academically selective stream will be required to study agriculture through the Richmond Agricultural College Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education. Students will study at two campuses, Richmond High School and in the Richmond Agricultural College.
The placement process for day students and boarders is different - a student offered a place as a boarder cannot automatically transfer to a day place. Selection committees give extra consideration to applications from isolated students. For a boarding placement, extra consideration may be given to students who have brothers or sisters currently attending the same school.
For schools with day and boarder places, take care to select the boarding section of the school when applying.
Boarding schools may invite students who are candidates for boarder placement for an interview to determine readiness for boarding. This may result in an early offer conditional on performance in the Selective High School Placement Test.
If an offer is accepted, the school's student residential agreement and student medical history form must be completed. The school will provide these forms to parents.
Parents accepting a boarder place for their child will need to sign the school's student residential agreement that includes agreement to pay boarder fees on time. Contact the school to find out the current fees.
Boarding schools may require a deposit after acceptance of a boarding placement. The deposit is deducted from the boarding fees paid on enrolment. If a student withdraws after accepting the offer of a place, the school keeps the deposit.
The rural and distance education team administers two financial support programs for eligible families whose children must board away from home to obtain secondary education. Closing dates apply. See rural and remote education scholarships for further information.
Boarding Scholarships for Isolated Students
Boarding Scholarships for Isolated Students (BSIS) are available for eligible families whose children are required to board to attend a specialist high school, such as an agricultural high school. Applications are made through the rural and distance education team - applicants must meet strict isolation and economic circumstances criteria.
Living Away From Home Allowance
The NSW Government offers assistance in the form of the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) to geographically isolated families whose children need to board to attend secondary school. The allowance is administered by the rural and distance education team and is subject to a means test.
Australian Government assistance
The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme (AIC) is an Australian Government program that targets students who cannot attend a public school because the family home is geographically isolated or the students have a disability or special health needs.
For more information
Rural and Distance Education Team
PO Box 717
02 6334 8070