Year 10 are $1,200
Year 12 are $1,300
The uniform is compulsory and enforced
640 students all in secondary (Average)
220 in Year 12
428 in VCE level 3/4 Units
8 in VCE VET
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), English as a second language, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin
LOTE taught to Unit 4 level: English as a second language, French, Japanese
21% study scores of 40+;
median study score of 35;
satisfactory completions of VCE 100%, of VET 76%
10 music options; 22 sporting activities; 76 other clubs or activities; 38 support staff.
I extend a warm welcome to prospective students, parents and teachers. We provide a rich science-based curriculum at JMSS, and we also firmly believe in educating the 'whole person', developing leadership, initiative and perspective in our graduates. Our work is underpinned by UNESCO's four pillars of learning - learning to know, learning to be, learning to do and learning to live together. The close-knit, supportive and welcoming environment evident at JMSS is the result. We have strong working relationships with Monash University's science and education faculties, and being co-located on the Clayton campus allows students to enjoy a variety of subjects based on contemporary research. Our laboratories and learning spaces are new, flexibly designed and ICT-rich. If you have a passion for the sciences, love a challenge and welcome every opportunity to learn, this is the school for you.- Peter Corkill (Principal).
John Monash Science School (JMSS) is Victoria’s first specialist secondary school focusing on science, mathematics and associated technologies. Formed as a result of a unique partnership between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and Monash University, the school accommodates 640 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 (VCE). Students who are problem-solvers with a real passion for science are selected from all over the state of Victoria, with weekly homestay accommodation available for rural students.
In order to achieve its aims JMSS has formed strong partnerships with researchers and academics in a broad mix of scientific fields at Monash University, sharing resources and expertise and ensuring the courses offered at JMSS are rich, challenging, contemporary and relevant. Co-constructed with Monash academics, the curriculum at JMSS allows students to explore the cutting-edge of scientific knowledge and understanding in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, mathematics, engineering, biomedical science, geography and computer science.
Throughout Years 10 to 12 the school has implemented the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS), the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the new Australian Curriculum. Most VCE studies are offered. Many students access a university enhancement subject on the Monash campus alongside traditional Year 12 subjects.
Every student has access to a range of co-curricular options, including languages, music, the arts, community service, leadership and sport. JMSS believes in a holistic education for all students, and the strong focus on personal wellbeing and empowerment, physical activity and leadership development is a feature of life for students at the school.
There is a strong support system at JMSS that underpins all learning. The school is noted for its House system, with all students allocated to one of four houses for their entire time at JMSS. Each student has their own mentor teacher who will also remain with them during this time. Mentors are the first port-of-call for parents and students, and are responsible for overseeing each student’s day-to-day progress and wellbeing. The school runs many House events and other programs designed to build confidence, resilience, connectedness and spirit within the community.
The physical environment at JMSS is very different to traditional schools. Flexible learning spaces enable students to learn individually and in teams. Students use laptops and iPads to research, problem-solve, organise, document, analyse, present and create digital objects, as well as accessing references and resources from Monash University and beyond. All students develop individual learning portfolios informed by their own interests and abilities.
Monash University has provided the site for the school building — in the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP) at the Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-east. The university is well serviced by several metropolitan bus routes, and Huntingdale and Clayton train stations are nearby.
The school’s growing outreach program includes work with students and teachers from remote locations in regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne, as well as local primary schools. JMSS is excited about opportunities available for teaching our contemporary curriculum across Australia, creating the National Virtual School of Emerging Sciences (NVSES). Community members are welcome to join students, teachers, parents and Monash academics for our annual Science Fair in October.
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