Annual Scholarships

Each year Pittwater House offers a limited number of scholarships to students for outstanding academic potential and general excellence (creative arts and sports). These are open to students entering Years 7, 9 and 11.

Applications for 2022 scholarships will open on Tuesday, 29 September 2020. Students who apply are required to sit the academic examination administered by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) on Saturday 27 February 2021.

Pittwater House only offers partial scholarships. Parents must pay all other expenses at the full rate.

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

If you are seeking information on the 2021 60th Anniversary Scholarship, please click here.

Timeline for Scholarships for 2022 entry

8 February 2021Applications closed (midnight AEDST)
27 February 2021ACER examination
1 April 2021Parental reports available
April 2021Principal shortlists applicants and commences interviews
April - May 2021Scholarships offered and candidates notified

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to those entering Years 7, 9 and 11.

These scholarships are for excellence in academics. They are awarded to students based on performance in the ACER examination and interview.

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

Interviews will only be arranged for shortlisted applicants.

General Excellence Scholarships

General excellence scholarships are available to those entering Years 7, 9 and 11.

These scholarships are for excellence in academics as well as broader criteria such as music, sports, debating, performing arts, visual arts and more.

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

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

How to apply for a General Excellence Scholarship

1. Scholarship applications must be completed online, here.

2. Applicants must also complete the General Excellence Application Form and submit it with their portfolio to the principal.

Scholarship fees

A fee of $110 is paid online 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.