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Science and Maths Academy

A New Approach in State Education 

Consistently challenging the notion of what state education can be, Narangba Valley State High School has created the ‘Science Mathematics Academy’ or SMA, a school within a school, catering for students in years 4 to 10. The SMA program is a comprehensive, contextualized and enacted whole school and regional STEM program which has run since 2012.
In 2018the SMA currently has seven individual classes from Year 4 through to Year 10. The SMA has been designed to provide an avenue for students in the outer northern corridor of Brisbane to receive high level and contextual education in STEM subjects at a low cost and through the public school arena.
Our education philosophy recognises the need for a special journey and adventure, Einstein (1929) stated "Imagination is more important than knowledge", imagining the full potential of every unique individual and building the whole academic, social, cultural, community and sporting person is an essential outcome of the SMA program.


Both the Primary and Secondary phase of the program is conducted in the purpose built facilities at Narangba Valley State High School and creates an interface between Universities, Industry and Communities.


SMA Selective Entry Process

Only 25 positions are offered in each year level to Gifted and Talented students.  Applicants wishing to enter the Science Mathematics Academy are required to participate in a selective entry process. This consists of entry Examination and suitability interview.

Please note that the entry for 2018 is now closed. Applications for 2019 cohorts will open in:

Term 2: Secondary program Year 7

Term 3: Primary program: Years 4, 5 and 6. Secondary Program: Years 8, 9 and 10.



A number of annual scholarships for the secondary phase of the program are available for students entering and participating in the Science Mathematics Academy.  The awarding of scholarships is based on a review of academic performance and strict guidelines. 

The application process for 2018 SMA scholarships has now opened.

Please refer to the SMA Scholarship documentation in the "Related Documents" section of this page.

Please note that applications for 2018 Scholarships are due 11th February 2018.