The Forest High School

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The Forest High School Introduction

The Forest High School is located in Frenchs Forest, a leafy suburb on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is conveniently placed near transport connections to North Sydney, Hornsby, and the Northern Beaches Peninsula.

Students from a wide variety of backgrounds choose to study at The Forest because of its high standard of education, outstanding HSC results, harmonious multicultural school community, and reputation for producing fine young men and women.

The Forest High empowers students to build confidence and self-esteem and to achieve personal excellence across the curriculum.

The school has a strong reputation as a caring environment conducive to learning, which is enhanced by its intelligent approach to discipline and uniform. It is supported by an active Student Representative Council, Parents and Citizens, and School Council.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

  • Special ESL programs and HSC ESL courses are taught by full-time ESL teachers

Languages Taught

  • French, Japanese and Italian
  • Other languages are taught at the Saturday School of Community Languages at Chatswood

Special Programs

  • Australian mathematics, science, computer studies, and language competitions
  • Young Achievement Australia business skills program
  • Links with Macquarie and Charles Sturt universities provide senior students with the opportunity to complete university degree units in their senior year and to gain preferred entry to university
  • Rotary youth enhancement scheme
  • Job placement service
  • Community service program
  • Instrumental music, concert and stage bands, wind orchestra, and vocal ensemble
  • Interschool debating and public speaking
  • Japanese exchange visits
  • French study tour
  • School magazine production team
  • Duke of Edinburgh scheme
  • Reading program
  • VTE program

Student Support Services

  • Welfare team provides a coordinator to oversee students in each year group
  • Supervisor of student welfare
  • Part-time psychologist
  • Mentors for senior students
  • School clinic
  • Full-time careers adviser

Special Facilities

  • Four networked computer laboratories with internet access
  • Seven science laboratories with video microscope technology
  • Three music rooms
  • 10 design and technology resource rooms including CNC lathe technology
  • Drama room
  • Performing arts centre
  • Large, multilevel library with colour photocopier, CD-ROM, and internet
  • Senior common room
  • Art centre with graphics and photographic darkroom facilities
  • Large assembly/concert hall
  • Gymnasium and sports oval
  • Canteen
  • Tree-lined grounds

HSC Results and Year 12 University/TAFE Placements

  • Six students received traineeships at university prior to the final examinations
  • HSC results are consistently above state-average with exceptional results in society and culture, music, mathematics, biology, business studies, geography, legal studies, food technology, and PDHPE
  • At least 40% of students progress to university while another 40% attend TAFE and private colleges
  • The remainder enter apprenticeships, traineeships, and employment

Features of Local Area

  • The school is 20kms north of the city of Sydney and 7kms west of beaches


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