Annual Scholarships

Applications for 2023 Scholarships have now closed

Each year Pittwater House offers a limited number of scholarships to students for outstanding academic potential or general excellence. These scholarships are open to students entering Years 7, 9 and 11. All applicants are required to submit an application, sit an exam administered by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and undergo an audition if necessary (applicable for some general excellence scholarships).

Pittwater House offers partial scholarships for tuition fees only. Incidentals and all other expenses are charged at the usual rate. Please see our School Fees for more information.

Scholarships are available to current students of Pittwater House as well as students attending other schools. Applicants need to be Australian residents.

See important dates below for students who have applied for a Pittwater House Scholarship to commence in 2023.

Timeline for Scholarships for 2023 entry

Tues 28 Sept 2021ACER Online Applications OPENED
Mon 7 Feb 2022ACER Online Applications CLOSED (Midnight AEDST)
Sat 26 Feb 2022ACER Examination was held
Fri 8 April 2022Parent reports are available
April 2022Principal shortlists applicants and commences interviews/auditions
April - May 2022Scholarships offered and candidates notified

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to those entering Years 7, 9 and 11 and are awarded for excellence in academics.

Scholarships offered at Pittwater House cover a portion of tuition fees for the secondary years until completion of Year 12.

They are awarded to students based on performance in the ACER examination and interview.

To apply, candidates must follow the below process:

1. Apply for a scholarship test with ACER Scholarships. Please note: Scholarship applications for 2023 entry have now closed. Please refer to this page shortly for 2024 Scholarship application dates.

2. Sit the scholarship test on the date prescribed by ACER.

3. ACER results published for candidates

4. Interviews with the School are arranged for shortlisted applicants only

5. Scholarship recipients are notified of offers.

General Excellence Scholarships

General Excellence Scholarships are available to those entering Years 7, 9 and 11.

These Scholarships are awarded for exceptional performance in academics in addition to broader criteria such as music, dance, drama and sports.

They are awarded to students based on their performance in the ACER examination, as well as an audition and interview.

General Excellence Scholarships offered at Pittwater House cover a portion of tuition fees for the secondary years until Year 12.

To apply, candidates must follow the below process:

1. Apply for a scholarship test with ACER Scholarships. Please note: General Excellence Scholarship applications for 2023 entry have now closed. Please refer to this page shortly for 2024 Scholarship application dates.

2. Complete the General Excellence Application Form and submit it with a portfolio to the Principal.

3. Sit the scholarship test on the date prescribed by ACER

4. ACER results published for candidates

5. Interviews and auditions with the School are arranged for shortlisted applicants only

6. Scholarship recipients are notified of offers.

ACER Exam Fee

To apply for the General Excellence or the Academic scholarships, all candidates must first apply for a scholarship test with ACER.

A fee of $115 is paid to ACER for all scholarship registrations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to pay a fee to sit the scholarship examination?
The application fee covers administration of the examination by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), which is an external provider of service.
Why do you use ACER for scholarship examinations?
Pittwater House works with an independent company to manage the scholarship process and administer scholarship examination papers. They are used by the majority of private schools in Sydney to assess students for scholarships.

Research has shown the ACER scholarship examination recognises and measures students’ capabilities more effectively than other methods.
What should our son/daughter bring on examination day?
Your child should bring:

  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Food and drink for the recess break
Make sure they arrive 15 minutes before the examination starts. Entry for late arrivals is solely at the discretion of the test supervisor.