Admissions

Updated: 7 June 2017

JMSS is Victoria's first specialist school for science, maths and technology. If you have a passion for the sciences, love a challenge, and welcome every opportunity to learn, then this is the school for you.

Thanks for your interest in applying to study at John Monash Science School in Melbourne. You will find more information in our 2018 JMSS Prospectus (PDF 1.8MB). 

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Please check your emails and contact Edutest for more information.

Information Night - Wed 3rd May, 2017

Prospective students and families are invited to join us at Robert Blackwood Hall on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017, at 7pm for Information Night. This is a free event, and bookings are not required. JMSS is currently accepting applications from Year 9 students for entry into JMSS in Year 10 in 2018. There are also a limited number of places available for Year 11 in 2018.

Please note: this event is NOT at John Monash Science School. This event is at Robert Blackwood Hall, 49 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne.

Hear from speakers including JMSS Principal Peter Corkill, 2016 Victorian Principal of the Year, as well as previous and current students. Enjoy performances from our talented music students. Pick up a 2018 Prospectus for your information.

During the evening there will be information provided about school tours. At the end of the formal section of the evening, there will be teachers and Monash University academics available for you to ask questions.

Visitors are also welcome to see our school in action at our Science Exhibition Night on Tuesday 16th May, any time between 5pm and 7pm. This event is free and bookings are not required.

Book a JMSS School Tour for prospective students

Note: Bookings are now closed

Join us for a one-hour tour of John Monash Science School with current staff and students on hand to answer your questions. 

Please note: there is no parking available directly outside JMSS so you will need to park in the ticketed parking spaces on Monash University campus. Visit the Contact page for more information and a map. If you are travelling by public transport, the University is serviced by an express shuttle bus to and from Huntingdale Train Station, stopping at the bus loop which is a 2-minute walk from JMSS.

See our school in action at Science Exhibition Night

Join us at JMSS any time between 5pm and 7pm on Tuesday 16th May for our science project showcase. Chat with our students and teachers, and participate in hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and view student projects.

The focus in on our unique Year 10 Emerging Science Electives such as bioinformatics and nanotechnology, as well as other science subjects. This year we are also excited to have a display from our Antarctica Club following their fly-over of the icy continent in February. We will also have primary students presenting their projects from our “Little Scientist - Big Science” outreach program.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

The School Council has now endorsed the policy and procedures document which outlines entry requirements and procedures for 2017 (to study at JMSS in 2018). Applicants are advised to read the documents carefully before applying. 

Please note: There is a cost involved with your application. Applications are handled externally by Edutest, and JMSS staff cannot influence this process. If you encounter problems with the application process, please contact Edutest directly.

Key Dates for 2017 application process, to commence study at JMSS in 2018

  • Policy and procedures for applications in 2017 (to study at JMSS in 2018) will be available at the end of February 2017.
  • Information Night will be held at Robert Blackwood Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd May. Everyone is welcome to attend. The event is free and bookings are not required.
  • See our school in action at Science Exhibition Night at JMSS from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017.
  • Applications for Year 11 in 2018 close on Friday 19th May 2017.
  • Year 11 2018 Edutest takes place on Saturday 27th May.
  • Applications for Year 10 in 2018 close on Friday 2nd June 2017.
  • Year 10 2017 Edutest takes place in the morning on Saturday 10th June 2017. NOTE: this is the Queen's Birthday long weekend, so make plans accordingly.
  • Interviews will be held in August.
  • Results for Year 10 2018 applications will be available from 9th September.
  • If you have not received a first round offer, you will be on a waiting list until all places have been filled at the end of October 2017.
  • Edutest results will be available in Term 4.

Students applying for Year 10 in 2018

These students will be referred to as "new Year 10s". Students must complete Year 9 before commencing Year 10 with JMSS.

Year 10 in 2018 guidelines are endorsed by the School Council. 2018 Year 10 application guidelines (PDF 157kB). 

Students applying for Year 11 in 2018

These students will be referred to as "new Year 11s". Students must complete Year 10 before commencing Year 11 with JMSS. Please note: there is no entry to JMSS at Year 12, as this disrupts VCE courses.

Year 11 in 2018 guidelines are endorsed by the School Council. 2018 Year 11 application guidelines (PDF 194kB).

Statement on entry tests

We have received a number of enquiries about the format and content of the tests which will be administered by Edutest to determine entry to the school. Please note that to ensure the integrity of the testing process, and equity for all applicants, no further information about the tests will be provided prior to the administration of the tests.

John Monash Science School is a specialist school which focuses on science, mathematics and associated technologies. The students who will benefit most from attending the school will be proficient in mathematics, be able to express themselves clearly in English, to apply scientific reasoning to problems and to think logically and coherently.

Special Consideration, Illness and Misadventure

If your student's performance in the examination has been adversely affected, please download and complete the appropriate form, and return to  john.monash.ss@edumail.vic.gov.au

Special consideration form (Word Doc 45kB) if the student’s performance on the entrance examination may have been affected by illness, injury or personal trauma.

Illness or Misadventure form (Word Doc 42kB) if some problem, such as sickness or accident, prevents your child from taking the John Monash Science School examination.

Course Confirmation

Once the offer of a place has been accepted, parents and students will be required to attend an information evening at the school. At this event senior JMSS staff will explain the curriculum opportunities available to students as well as key policies and procedures. Students and their parents will then be asked to attend a course counselling session with JMSS staff within the following week at which time their courses for the following year will be discussed. Students will then be required to confirm their course using the online portal provided for this purpose.

Orientation to JMSS

All new students to JMSS will undertake an intensive orientation program prior to commencement. Students entering Year 11 will participate in the school's Fresh Start Program in late November and early December. In this program students will meet their new classmates and teachers and begin their studies for the following year. Holiday homework will be set and it is important that all new students attend the full program.

Students entering Year 10 will be required to attend a full orientation day at the school in early December. Students will meet their new tutor teachers and students in their tutor groups as well as their new student buddies. Each new student will be assigned a student buddy from their tutor group whose role is to help with transition and introduction to life at JMSS. Year 10 students will also attend an induction camp at the beginning of their first year at JMSS.