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 a Higher Ability Selection Test
(HAST), and a suitability interview. In 2020, the HAST will cost
applicants $75. This is for administration and marking of the test by
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.
ARE NOW CLOSED for both Primary and Secondary SMA.
HAST entry examination date is Monday 17th August 2020
Suitability interviews will be conducted on Friday 4th September 2020
Should you require any information about the application process, please email Julie Cook, HOD Culture and Innovation on email@example.com.
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.