What exactly is Dalton?
The Dalton Plan is a method of organising teaching such that individual attention is given to the girls in studies. Read more >
What age can my daughter start? Do you have formal entry points?
Although the school has formal entry points, it is flexible in its acceptance of new students at other Year levels at the discretion of the Head of School and if space is available.
The formal entry points and usual ages in year of entry are outlined here.
Is Ascham only for clever students?
Ascham is non-selective at all entry points into the school. We test girls after they have been accepted to ensure they are placed in the correct groups, particularly for core subjects such as English and Maths. The Dalton Plan’s individual approach to our students ensures we suit all abilities.
The Dalton Plan is a method of organising teaching such that girls are not only taught well but become active drivers of their own learning. They develop a keen interest in their subjects, the ability to question and debate ideas and exceptional time-management and organisational skills. This individual and independent approach not only benefits each girl but lifts the understanding and achievement of all, helping girls of all abilities work to their potential.
Do you have an open day?
We hold Introductory Tours, by invitation. We host small groups to visit the school and meet senior staff. This enables parents to ask questions relevant to them and to see the school on a working day. We believe this system allows us to demonstrate to parents the unique nature of the school and makes the visit more meaningful and effective for parents.
Why do I need to come for an interview?
All families attend an interview with the Head of School as part of the enrolment process. We believe it is important that both the Head of School and the parents have the chance to meet and ask questions before the final offer and acceptance of a place.
Is there a sibling discount?
We have a small sibling discount.
Do you have weekly boarding?
Ascham is a full boarding school and we have no weekly boarding. Leave is generous and parents are always welcome at the school.
What are your class sizes?
The student/staff ratio across the school is 7 to 1, with Senior School classes generally varying in size from 16 to 20 girls.
In Years 11 and 12 these group sizes are generally between 10 and 18 girls, although in many courses the classes are much smaller.
Class sizes from Prep to Year 2 are 20 students per class. In the Junior School each class has between 19 and 22 girls.
What subjects do you offer?
Ascham offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum. We are an academically focused school and our curriculum is organised around courses that we consider best prepare the students for tertiary study. Read more about the Senior School Curriculum.
What are your academic results?
We are an academically focused school and are always delighted with the results all our girls produce. While we are consistently in the top 20 in the state in the rankings produced by the media, we believe the full story is not just how the top 10% of girls achieve but how the whole cohort achieves across all their subjects.
See our latest HSC results here.
Do you have a waiting list?
There is a healthy demand for places at Ascham and parents are encouraged to register their daughters within the first 12 months of birth although we cannot guarantee that this will ensure a place in the school. Please contact the Registrar or telephone on +612 8356 7000 for further information.
When do Applications close?
What time does Scholarship Testing Day commence and conclude?
Each Ascham Scholarship Day commences at 8.15am and concludes at 1pm.
Am I able to sit for remote scholarship testing if I am not in New South Wales on the scheduled date of testing?
Ascham does not offer remote testing.
Since we applied my daughter has had an injury or illness that prevents her from sitting the exam (eg broken her arm, the flu, twisted her ankle). What can be done to accommodate her?
If your daughter can't write, a scribe can be arranged. Other illnesses – please provide a letter detailing the situation and forward it to the School marked, Scholarships ‘FAO The Registrar’. Every situation will be considered individually, and options provided accordingly. Please also login to Allwell and amend your application online – outlining illness etc.
How do we apply?
2017 Scholarship registrations are now open. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.
How much does it cost to register for Scholarship Testing?
The non-refundable registration fee is $100. If you are applying for more than one scholarship type you are only required to pay a single registration fee.
We have now completed the application and posted it to you. How will we know you have received our application?
The School will send an email of acknowledgement.
We would like to apply for a scholarship, we are Australian citizens. However, we are currently living overseas. How can I apply?
Ascham scholarships are available to Australian citizens or Permanent Residents only. You can apply from overseas, however if your daughter is shortlisted she must attend the Scholarship Testing Day in Sydney.
We would like to apply for Scholarships. However, we are not Australian residents or citizens. Our daughter, however, attends school in Australia. Is this possible?
Ascham scholarships are only available to Australian citizens or Permanent Residents. The applicant's status would need to change for her to be eligible to apply, so that she is recognised as a permanent resident by the Australian government (immigration).
Will we be required to supply financial information?
Ascham Scholarships are means-tested. You will be required to complete our Statement of Financial Position and supply your last two tax returns.
Are we required to supply school reports, a portfolio or other supporting material?
The Scholarship Registration form outlines all required supporting material.
Should I not be a successful scholarship winner for 2018, once enrolled at the school am I eligible to sit any further scholarships on offer
Yes. Scholarships are open to both external and internal candidates.
Can we take a tour of the school prior to Scholarship Testing Day?
An Information Session and School campus tours will be held for parents on the scholarship testing day.
If we receive an Ascham Scholarship what exactly is included ... eg how much will I be given 50%, 100%? Will I only receive tuition? Will the school cover uniforms, other equipment etc?
Scholarship conditions vary. Generally scholarships cover a percentage of tuition fees only.
Music Scholarships cover a percentage of tuition and some other music related activities. Boarding scholarships are usually boarding only; however, there are further avenues for financial assistance such as the ICPA.
Please contact the school for more information.
What are the chances of my daughter being successful?
Applicants being considered vary from year to year, therefore, we cannot predict the outcome of the Scholarship Testing results.
What are the criteria the school/scholarship committee use to shortlist girls and finally award scholarships?
Ascham Scholarships are prestigious awards and are awarded to girls who will thrive academically and personally at Ascham and who will in turn make a significant contribution to the life of the School.
What should my daughter wear on Scholarship Testing Day?
Girls are asked to wear their current school uniform.
What does my daughter need to bring on Scholarship Testing Day?
Your daughter will need a blue pen, a black pen and some water in a clear bottle. Morning tea and lunch will be provided by the school. If you daughter has specific dietary needs, please contact the school. Mobile phones and calculators are not permitted in the testing area.
The Belgiorno Nettis Diversity Scholarship
What is the selection criteria for The Belgiorno-Nettis Diversity Scholarship?
The Belgiorno-Nettis Diversity Scholarship is open to girls from diverse cultural groups who demonstrate: the ability to make a positive contribution to the life of the School; an exemplary work ethic; academic potential; participation in co-curricular activities; social awareness; financial need.
This Scholarship is available to a girl entering Year 7 in 2018 and will run for six years. The Scholarship will next be offered to a girl entering Year 7 in 2020.
What is the selection criteria for the Music Scholarship?
There are a number of selection criteria including performance in the scholarship written examination, the musical needs of the school and the co-curricular profile of the candidate. We are looking for a standard that is a minimum of Grade 7 for strings and piano, and a minimum of Grade 5 for woodwind and brass instruments.
When will the music auditions be held?
Music Scholarship Day date to be announced. Short-listed candidates only will be invited to audition.
How many pieces will my daughter need to prepare for the audition if short listed?
Two contrasting pieces of no longer than five minutes per piece. If your daughter is strong in two instruments we would welcome a piece on each instrument.
Will our daughter’s sight-reading be tested?
Can the School provide an accompanist for her audition, and if so, will my daughter get a chance to rehearse with the accompanist prior to her audition?
Yes we can provide an accompanist. If your daughter is short listed, rehearsal time and other information will be provided to you.
Will our daughter automatically be included in orchestra if she is awarded a Music Scholarship?
We have many ensembles, bands and orchestras which will welcome our Music Scholarship recipients.