The Forest High School, founded in 1961, has a strong reputation for
an ethos and tradition that recognises the individuality of the learner and
fosters the expectations of respect, responsibility and personal best. The
Forest offers a broad curriculum choice with the addition of special Middle
School programs, which enrich the learning opportunities of all students. The
school has an outstanding reputation for the quality of the work produced by
students in music and the performing and visual arts.

The Forest provides strong pastoral care programs underpinned by a
framework: Positive Behaviour Engaging Learners (PBEL). PBEL provides proactive
school-wide systems of support for defining, teaching and supporting
appropriate student behaviours. PBEL helps teachers deliver the highest quality
learning programs to improve student academic and behavioural learning
outcomes. The school’s community is enriched by a student population from
diverse social and cultural backgrounds including a substantial number of
international students. The Forest High School is linked by public transport to
Sydney’s central business district, the North Shore, Chatswood, Manly and the
Northern Beaches.

Facilities: The school is served by five computer laboratories with
extensive internet access, a Connected Classroom with video conferencing
facilities, interactive white-boards and multimedia; CAD; three music rooms;
seven science laboratories; three language rooms; nine design and technology
rooms; a drama room; a performing arts centre; two specialist art rooms; a
photography darkroom; a digital audio recording suite; 40,000 item multimedia
and print resource library; a full-size, well-equipped gymnasium and a large
assembly hall with full performance facilities. In addition, The Forest High
has extensive tree-lined grounds with a wide range of sporting facilities.
Warringah Aquatic Centre and the NSW Institute of Sport are readily accessible.

Electives Years 9 and 10: Commerce, Dance, Design and Technology,
Drama, Engineering, Fitness Leader, Food Technology, French, Graphics
Technology, Information and Software Technology, Industrial Timber Technology,
Japanese, Metalwork, Music, Visual Art.

Electives Years 11 and 12: English (Advanced, ESL, Standard,
Extension 1 and 2 and Fundamentals) Mathematics, Mathematics General,
Mathematics Extension, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, PD/Health/PE, Ancient
History, Modern History, History Extension, Business Studies, Economics, Legal
Studies, Society and Culture, Information Processes and Technology, Software
Design and Development, Industrial Wood Technology, Drama, Music 1 and Music 2,
Photography, Visual Art, VET Entertainment, French Beginners, Japanese
Beginners, Japanese Continuers, Design and Technology, Food Technology,
Industrial Technology Wood, Textiles and Design, VET Hospitality. Joint schools
TAFE courses are also available.

Sport: Soccer, touch football, netball, basketball, softball,
volleyball and recreational sports, including sailing and indoor rock climbing.

Extracurricular activities: Choral ensembles, concert band, stage
band, rock bands, concerts, competitions, and community performances, the
annual musical spectacular and “unplugged” concerts, the school’s prestigious
annual art show and drama festivals, school spectacular, class performances and
scripted play performances.

Welfare and personal development: Pastoral care is managed through
strong teams including welfare, learning support and ESL. Student leadership
through an active Student Representative Council is an important element of
school life. The High Resolves Global Leadership Program was implemented in
2010. Effective peer support, peer mediation, work experience, individual and
group welfare programs are also in operation.

Special features: The school has a strong focus on the development
of student leadership in the context of global citizenship and social justice
as well as high academic achievement, creative and performing arts and sporting
excellence. An extensive curriculum is offered in Creative and Performing arts,
Music, Modern Languages, the Humanities and Science and Technology. Enrichment
programs for Years 7 and 8 and community support through a strong community of
schools and parental involvement through the P & C are key features of the

School Information

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

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: -
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 780 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:Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest 2086
  • Phone:02 9451 5111
  • Fax:02 9975 3293

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