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.
James Ruse Agricultural High School in Carlingford is co-educational and has day students only.
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.
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 than to those from other country and city students. For a boarding placement, extra consideration may be given to students who have brothers or sisters already boarding at the school.
The academic merit of students placed in boarder agricultural high schools must be reasonably comparable with that of other boarder and day students.
Applicants must choose the boarding section of the school when applying. If successful, the school's student residential agreement and student medical history must be completed.
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 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
New Agricultural College at Richmond High School
Parents will be able to apply in October 2020 for Year 7 entry to the newly established academically selective class, Richmond High School - Richmond Agricultural College, beginning in 2022. This partially selective high school is available in the school selection in the application for entry to Year 7 in 2022. Students in the academically selective stream will be required to study agriculture. Students will study at two campuses.
The newly established Richmond Agricultural College includes a new Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education in the Hawkesbury and the creation of a new agricultural specialty stream and a new academically selective stream at Richmond High School.
Parents of students interested in studying agriculture outside of the academically selective stream will be able to apply for entry to the Richmond Agricultural College starting in Year 7 in 2021. Entry will be based on a portfolio and interview which determines a student's interest and potential in agriculture. Applications are made through the College. For more information about application and enrolment in the Richmond Agricultural College, go to https://richmondagcollege-h.schools.nsw.gov.au.