Enrolment applications are now open!

After an amazing opening for our school in 2018 with our very first Year 3-6 class, we are continuing to roll out our vision of growth by adding an additional year group year-on-year until we comprise Years 3-12.

If you're looking for a different approach to education for your child that encompasses 21st Century Skills and embraces individualised learning, fill in an enrolment application form!



Application Form

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Enrolment Application

The first step to enrolment is to fill in a school Enrolment Application Form (233kb PDF).

Along with the form, we request that you provide the following support documentation:

  • A letter written by the student introducing themselves, their interests, skills, areas of passion and their strengths and areas of improvement as a learner. This letter should be handwritten and not edited by an adult

  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate

  • Most recent school reports

  • Evidence of the student’s demonstrated leadership in an area of specialisation

  • Documentation relating to any medical requirements, learning difficulties, accelerated learning or special needs



Demonstrated leadership in an area of specialisation

The Academy is a 21 Century Skills school for students with demonstrated ability in an area (or areas) of specialisation. Whilst most selective programs focus on academic testing for establishing giftedness, this is not the only yardstick for high potential learners.

The Academy offers entry via the following areas - alongside each are examples of evidence you could provide to support your application:

  • Academic - IQ testing, NAPLAN / ICAS results indicating performance in the top 10% of age group, paperwork from current school documenting high academic success in one or more areas, handwritten writing samples

  • Artistic - selection and participation in regional or statewide music (e.g. Regional Youth Orchestra), recommendation from Dance, Art or Music institution stating their giftedness for their age or capacities (e.g. Director of the Macquarie Conservatorium or Director of Stepping Out Dance Factory), regional art prize

  • Community / Leadership - demonstrated commitment to community service / volunteerism or leadership (e.g. volunteer at ParkRun, local charity work, fundraising, involvement in council, government matters / events, sustainability initiatives)

  • Sports - state representation or higher in given sport

  • Technology - demonstrated skill in website building, coding, game construction or digital communication (e.g. blogging), film making, music recording and mixing

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader
— John Quincy Adams

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
— Rene Descartes

Interview process

After receipt of the Enrolment Application Form, supporting documents, you may be contacted to organise an interview.

This interview will take approximately 45 minutes and will involve a conversation between the Principal and parents/caregivers and a separate conversation will be had between the Principal and the student.

The student will be given the opportunity to write a creative story during the parent interview time.



Letters of offer


Following your interview, if your application for enrolment is successful you will receive a formal letter of offer from the principal.

If you wish to accept your student's place at the Academy you will need to respond to the letter of offer within the acceptance deadline, and you will be required to make a non-refundable pre-payment of 25% of the annual tuition.


School fees

  • Years 3-6 Tuition - $6000 per year

  • Year 7 Tuition - $6500 per year

  • Activity Levy - $400 per year

25% of tuition is payable upon acceptance of letter of offer.

There are no mandatory uniform fees - the Academy operates on a student dress code.

Sibling discounts

For 2019 onwards, The Academy is pleased to offer the following sibling discounts:

  • 2nd child - 15%

  • 3rd child - 30%

  • 4th child - 45%

The sibling discount applies to the Tuition fee only - not the Activity Levy.


A limited number of scholarships may be available to students who would not be able to attend The Academy without financial support.

Please contact us at info@theacademy.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Enrolment Policy

Entry into the School will primarily be determined by the strength of each student’s application. Priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Strength of application (including demonstrated evidence of student’s achievement in artistic / sporting / community / academic / technology leadership), and entrance interview

  2. Where a student has a sibling at the School;

  3. Where the student is the child of a permanent member of staff at the School;

  4. Where a student has previously been enrolled at the School

  5. Date the application is received

Consideration will be given to the educational, social and emotional needs of all students in a year group prior to an offer of enrolment to a new student.

All enrolment offers are made at the discretion of the Principal.

Waiting Lists

Students will be placed on a waiting list based on the priority conditions listed above.


Please return completed application forms and all supporting documentation either by post or email to:

Central West Leadership Academy
PO BOX 1022
Dubbo NSW 2830

Email: admissions@theacademy.nsw.edu.au

Expression of Interest

If you're not quite ready to fill in an application or just want some more information, submit an Expression of Interest:

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