Frequently Asked Questions
How much will it cost?
The Skillset Senior College is an independent school, so it is fee-paying. However, at Skillset we don't want cost to be a barrier for young people to gain the education they wanted. Our fee is $40 per term, per student - so $160 for the year. Skillset also covers the bulk of the cost for excursions, teaching resources, consumables and guest speakers/trainers.
Fees can be paid in smaller increments or as a lump sum - whatever is most convenient.
How big is the school?
Our enrolment capacity is capped at 70 students, making up four classes (Year 12, Year 11 and two Year 10 classes). The small student numbers an individualised environment at SSC are some of the key features of the school that helps our students to succeed. For this reason, there are no current plans to increase our intake of students. Class sizes are deliberately kept small and we have a high staff-to-student ratio, to ensure that all our young people receive the support they need.
Is everyone who applies accepted for enrolment?
Skillset Senior College is an independent (private) school, that strives to provide educational opportunities for young people who are genuinely seeking to gain a school qualification. We interview all genuine applicants and make an assessment about whether SSC will be a suitable environment for that young person to meet their educational and personal goals. Not all young people will find that SSC is a 'fit' for them, and there will be times when it is in the best interests of the student to be enrolled elsewhere.
We aim to enrol students who are facing significant challenges to completing their schooling in mainstream high schools. No student will be discriminated against on the basis of their gender, race, sexuality, religion or appearance. Where a young person is facing highly complex issues, this may place them outside the scope of the support that SSC is able to provide. The principal will make a final decision on all enrolment applications, in accordance with the number of places available, and the capability of SSC to meet the young persons' needs.
Is Skillset Senior College a proper high school?
Yes. Just like the other high schools in our area, SSC is a real high school, with qualified secondary teachers providing a regular high school curriculum. SSC is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to qualify students to receive the 'RoSA' (Record of School Achievement - this used to be known as the Year 10 School Certificate) and the HSC (Higher School Certificate). We are an alternative to these more mainstream options.
Skillset Senior College is not a TAFE, or a training college for apprentices. For these services, connect with our Skillset Workforce team.
Is SSC a 'behavioural school' or 'special school'?
SSC is not a specialist 'behavioural school', and we do not cater exclusively for students with diagnosed disability. We have been designated by NESA as a 'special assistance school', which allows us certain provisions around attendance and funding. We do provide disability support and assistance for our students who experience problem behaviours that they wish to address. Please refer to the Department of Education and Communities, if you are seeking information regarding Special Schools for students with specific needs in terms of disability and behaviour.
What year levels does Skillset Senior College teach?
Our school offers Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12. To enquire about enrolment for Year 10 or Year 11 this year or next, visit our enrolments page.