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 2020 the SMA will have nine 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 recognizes 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 a limited number of positions are available in each year level to gifted and talented students. Applications wishing to enter the Science Maths Academy are required to participate in a selective entry process. This consists of an entry examination, known as the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST), and a suitability interview.

In 2020, all applicants for the SMA, regardless of year level, will sit the HAST on the same day.  The HAST will take place at NVSHS in the PALACE.  More information about the schedule for the testing day, and the subsequent interviews, will be available to applicants after the application period has closed.

Application period opens on Monday 25th May 2020

Application period closes on Friday 24th July 2020 at 3:30pm

HAST entry examination date is Monday 17th August 2020

Suitability interviews will be conducted on Friday 4th September 2020

All application documentation will be available on the top right of this page when each application period is open.

Should you require any information about the application process, please email Julie Cook, HOD Culture and Innovation on


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. 

Scholarship applications for the 2021 Secondary SMA programs will open Monday 9th November 2020, and close on Friday 27th November at 3.30pm.

Last reviewed 05 March 2020
Last updated 05 March 2020