High School Preparation

Our High School Preparation classes give students planning to study in an Australian secondary school the English and cultural skills they need to be successful in an Australian high school classroom.

Gain the skills you need to be successful in an Australian high school.

High School Preparation (HSP) offers intensive English language study to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will build their confidence and learn from experienced teachers who create a disciplined, but friendly, learning environment.

What will I learn?

The higher levels of this program include English for specific Australian high school subjects, including:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society
  • Personal Development and Health
  • Computer Studies

Exciting educational, social, and sports activity opportunities are included too!

Learn Australian Study Methods

To build your confidence and help you to adapt to life in your new high school, we also cover Australian study methods and culture as well as an introduction to the Australian high school system.


Students can choose to stay with our welcoming homestay families, where they will enjoy learning about and experiencing Australian culture while developing their English skills outside the classroom.

Our Teachers

ELS Sydney has been offering high-quality programs for younger learners for more than 25 years. Our junior program teachers have extensive experience teaching younger students and are passionate about their work. They create a disciplined but friendly and supportive learning environment to help students build self-confidence and achieve success.

Sample Timetable

  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday   Friday 
Lesson 1
9:00 – 11:00
 New topic:
Introduction and Vocabulary
Comprehension and Note-taking
 Writing: Analysing a Text Type Speaking: Group
Discussion and
 10:00-11:15  Morning Break      
Lesson 2 11:15-12:45  Reading
Comprehension and Note-taking 
 Computer-based Grammar Activities Writing: Planning and Group Writing  Computer-based Quiz Movie
 12:45 – 13:30 Lunch      
 Lesson 3
13:30 – 14:30
Grammar Analysis
and Practice
English for Maths   English for
Human Society
 English for Science Movie/Discussion Written
Lesson 4
14:30 – 15:40 

High School Pathways 

HSP students have recently been accepted into such prestigious schools as:

  • Pittwater House
  • St Augustine’s College
  • St Catherine’s School
  • Stella Maris College
  • St Scholastica’s College
  • St Andrew’s Cathedral School
  • The Kings School
  • St Maroun’s College
  • Macquarie Grammar School

AEAS Test Centre

ELS Sydney is an official testing centre for the Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS). AEAS assessments provide comprehensive testing specially designed for young learners wishing to study in an Australian High School and is recognised by many private schools in NSW. We offer weekly AEAS testing on campus. Please refer to aeas.com.au for more details or to make a booking.

Entry Requirements

You must be able to read and write the English alphabet, introduce yourself and exchange simple personal information.
Completion of primary school.

Session Start Dates*
2 January, 29 January, 26 February, 26 March, 23 April, 21 May, 25 June, 30 July, 3 September, 8 October, 12 November, 17 December.

*These are main start dates however students may begin their course on other Mondays.