Approved Specialist Programs turn passions into dream futures
Children have the opportunity to turn their passions into dream futures through more than 110 Approved Specialist Programs
at 60 Schools across the State.
Sports and arts programs as well as academic and applied studies give children real-world skills and a head start to reach
their career goals.
Many are linked to sporting and industry bodies and training organisations, allowing children to gain industry recognised
qualifications. Teachers and coaches are adept at recognising and developing children’s skills in their areas of interest.
Children can select pathways that prepare them for full-time employment or trades, or they can choose pathways that lead
to further study at training organisations or university.
From aviation to music and from engineering to cricket, the programs are challenging and exciting. Graduates have gone on
to become professional athletes, pilots, cinematographers, fashion designers, marine biologists, sports coaches and more.
How to apply
Applications for Approved Specialist Programs are made directly to schools. As every program is unique, application process
and closing dates vary. Contact the relevant schools or check their websites for more information.
Children may apply for Approved Specialist Programs no matter where they live. Selection into the program does not guarantee
a place at the school if the child lives outside the local area.
All schools guarantee places for children in their local areas as the first priority. After taking local enrolments, the
school may then take enrolments from children selected for Approved Specialist Programs from outside the local area if they