Parramatta High School is a partially selective high school with a
long and respected tradition for academic achievement. Founded in 1913, it was
the first co-educational school established in the Sydney metropolitan area. In
2010, two selective classes will commence in Year 7. The school is noted for
its success in Mathematics and Science. In the 2008 HSC we achieved a First in
the State for Mathematics Extension 1 and Second in the State for Mathematics
Extension 2. The school also has a fine record of achievement in the Asian
Languages. There is a strong emphasis on academic achievement, remaining open
to all and maintaining a safe, supportive culture.

Facilities: The school is located on the corner of the Great Western
Highway and Pitt Street adjacent to Parramatta Park; the school enjoys many of
the park’s facilities. All students can access four modern computer rooms and a
library for use across a range of subjects.

Electives Years 7 to 10: The school provides access to a balanced and
broad curriculum for the School Certificate offering English, Mathematics,
History, Geography, Science, PD/Health/PE, Languages (French and Indonesian),
Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Commerce, Food Technology, Textiles and
Design, Industrial Technology, Graphics Technology, Music, Information Software
& Technology, Drama and Sport.

Electives Years 11 and 12: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Biology and Senior Science, Modern and Ancient History, French, Indonesian,
Chinese Continuers, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Information
Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development, Music, Visual Arts,
Geography, PD/Health/PE, Design and Technology, Community and Family Studies,
Society and Culture, Economics, Food Technology, Textiles and Design and
Studies of Religion. There are Vocational Industry Frameworks courses in
Hospitality, Information Technology, and Retail. Sport: Years 7 and 8 have
integrated sport. Years 9 to 11 participate in Prospect Zone grade sport or school-based
social sport.

Extracurricular activities: Public speaking, debating, string
ensemble, SRC, drama, vocal groups, concert band, instrumental tuition,
science, mathematics and environment club including school and park
beautification, community care course, and charity work.

Welfare and personal development: The school has a strong supportive
student welfare and development policy, SRC, peer support program, support
teacher for learning difficulties, and a student counsellor. Work experience,
School-to-Work programs and careers guidance are also available. Uniform is

Notable ex-students: Richie Benaud (Australian Test cricketer),
Donald Horne (author), Assoc. Professor Peter Procopis (executive director
Children’s Hospital Westmead), Professor John Croucher (Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University), Professor Bill Lovegrove
(Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland, Rod Taylor (actor),
Reverend Ted Noffs, Phil Chapman (NASA rocket designer).

School Information

  • Type: Government
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Coeducational

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: -
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 830 students
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered:
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: No
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre:
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options:
  • Fees: Free (Government School)
  • Address:Great Western Highway, Parramatta 2150
  • Phone:02 9635 8644
  • Fax:02 9687 1139

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