​We are a selective-entry independent public school for senior high school students studying in Years 10-12, therefore entry is not automatic, or based on an enrolment catchment area.

A Queensland Academies student will demonstrate:

  • academic ability across a breadth of subjects
  • a high level of commitment and application to study
  • high standards of personal behaviour
  • commitment to personal and social development
  • a sense of citizenship displayed through care and concern for others.

​The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the only senior years curriculum offering to students. We have a single point of entry into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at the start of Year 10.

The application process is designed to be undertaken by students in Queensland in their junior secondary years of school (or age or education program equivalent) for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 10.

A student can submit one application only to Queensland Academies for entry into Year 10 in a given year. 

A copy of the Queensland Academies Enrolment Eligibility Plan is here.

How to Apply for Year 10

Year 10 in 2024 at QACI - Applications for Year 10 2024 are now open: Apply through the Standard Application Process until Applications close date. After standard applications close, late applicants may apply through the Principal's Discretionary Process.

Standard application process steps:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Applicants sit the Edutest entrance test.**​
  3. Selected students are invited to participate in an interview.
  4. Applicants receive notice of outcome.

The Standard Applications Process has a scheduled Applications close date and Entrance test date.  After the close date, the school will commence testing, interview and assessment processes, and making offers of enrolment to successful candidates.

Students seeking entry should apply through the Standard Application Process within advertised timelines wherever possible. If a student has been unable to apply during this period, they may still apply through the school's Principal's Discretionary Process.

**Applicants seeking special considerations for the entrance test please contact Admissions (07) 3377 9366 prior to submitting your application.

Standard Application Timeline for Year 10 2024

Students wishing to apply for Year 10 2024 can submit their application through the Standard Application Process now.

Open Day
​Saturday 20 May 2023
​Applications Close
​Friday 2 June, 4pm (2023)
​Testing Dates
Saturday 17 June 2023
​Invitation to Interview
​Shortlisted Candidates only
​Notice of Outcome
​Late term 3, 2023.

Students who have submitted an application will receive email updates regarding their application and the next steps.  

Outcomes are notified via email.  Applicants will receive either:

  • invitation to interview; or
  • notification of unsuccessful outcome; or
  • notification that a place is not being offered at this time but that your child’s application will continue to be considered for a place through the Principal’s Discretionary Process.  Further documentation (academic evidence) may be requested.

Please ensure you check your junk / clutter / promotions folders in your email and mark us as a safe sender to receive all communications. 

Principal's Discretionary Process

Principal's Discretionary Process applications will be assessed by the Principal as vacancies arise on a case-by-case basis. 

Highly capable candidates with strong academic results who have missed the Standard Application Process and are seeking to apply should submit their online application at the earliest possible opportunity:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Students will receive testing information
  3. Applications will be assessed as vacancies arise
Where capacity has been reached, applications being assessed through the Principal's Discretionary Process may continue to be considered for any vacancies, should they arise, through to the end of Year 10. 

While an application is under consideration, the Queensland Academies Admissions Office will routinely request updated academic reports at the time of their anticipated release.

Application for admission is no guarantee of available vacancies or successful enrolment and any fees paid are non-refundable.​

Before you apply, you should know:

  • ​​​Queensland Academies offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma as the only senior years curriculum offering to students.
  • Enrolment is only through the Queensland Academies selective entry applications process.
  • A student can submit 1 application only for entry into Year 10 in a given year. ​
  • Applicants seeking special consideration for the entrance test should contact the Queensland Academies Admissions office (07) 33779366 prior to lodging your application
  • QACI is certified to provide education to International students (CRICOS No 00608A)
  • Students seeking to attend as an international student need to make an application through Education Queensland International prior to applying to Queensland Academies.
  • Students seeking to attend as a Temporary Resident may need to provide an Authority to Enrol email on application, and should contact the Temporary Residents Admissions Centre to seek advice or apply for this, prior to applying to Queensland Academies.
  • Applicants who live or study interstateoverseas or remote from the school—refer to for Edutest's Remote Testing Service eligibility and the additional remote testing fee prior to lodging your application
  • It is an expectation that students who study Music in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme need to have completed or are working toward their AMEB 3 Theory (or equivalent).
  • Students currently in Year 10 seeking mid-course entry must read the Admissions Policy ​and contact Queensland Academies Admissions on (07) 3377 9366 prior to submitting an application.
  • Please ensure you are familiar with the Queensland Academies Admissions Policy prior to submitting your application.

Please have the following documentation ready to upload in the application: 

  • A recent photograph of the applicant (a school ID or passport-style photo taken within the last 2 years)
  • Evidence of identity and citizenship - details from the applicant's birth certificate, passport and, where applicable, visa evidence (Australian and New Zealand permanent residents, international students and temporary residents).  A Birth Certificate must be available for sighting.
  • 2 most recent semester school reports
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 (or a reason why this cannot be provided—Year 9 Naplan may be requested when available).
  • Medical diagnosis letters/reports if applicable*
  • Evidence of giftedness if applicable.  Formal assessment or report issued by a suitably qualified professional, school Guidance Officer or Gifted Education Coordinator. Only provide where the author of the report has given written consent to share this.
*A medical diagnosis report/letter may be requested if an applicant is seeking access or special considerations (adjustments) for the entrance test. Please note that special consideration requests and supporting documentation should generally be no more than 3 years old. Letters from health practitioners must be on an official letterhead and give clear information on the candidate's condition as it affects their ability to sit the entrance test and recommended adjustments.

Application process

Parents are required to submit an application via the Queensland Academies Application Portal, you will need to:

    • setup a parent login
    • create a student profile
    • open a new Year 10 application for that student profile
    • upload documentation throughout the online application process

Entrance Exam

The Entrance test is a series of tests approximately 3 hours of duration that will be facilitated by Edutest. The tests will cover both ability and achievement.

Ability tests are designed to measure a child's ability to think, reason and solve problems, without necessarily relying on prior knowledge. Ability generally predicts how quickly a child will be able to learn and the level of complexity they can comfortably deal with.

Achievement tests are designed to measure actual achievement or performance in some key academic areas. Achievement scores are influenced by a child's ability, as well as the application and practise of knowledge that has been learned.


​Test Area
​Verbal Reasoning
​30 mins

​Measures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.​

​Numerical Reasoning
​30 mins

​Measures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.​

​Reading Comprehension
​30 mins

​Measures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.​

​30 mins

​Measures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.​

​Written expression
​15 mins

​This test assesses the ability to convey ideas clearly in written form. Punctuation, creativity, construction, grammar, spelling and relevance to the task are assessed.​


Applicants invited to attend a campus interview must bring the following:

Sample of academic work

The purpose of this sample is for the applicant to use it as a basis to respond to questions during the interview as well as communicate reasons they should be considered for a place at the campus for which they are applying. 

A portfolio of awards and certificates is not required. 

The sample of work should be from an area of the applicant's interest and should demonstrate academic excellence and innovation. The work sample should evidence an extended piece of writing or journaling; examples may include anything from a scientific research assignment, to a creative piece with supporting written analysis, to a school assignment. 

A statement of academic journey

This statement should be a maximum of one A4 page, font size Arial 10, outlining the applicant's academic journey, including the highs and lows.​

Both the academic work and academic journey are required to be emailed to the school the day prior to the scheduled interview.

Notice of Outcome

Applicants will receive outcomes and all communication via email (letter of offer, letter of nonoffer, or notification that the application will continue to be reviewed through Principal's discretionary process if additional evidence (documentation or other enquiries) is required to continue application assessment.

Parents/carers of successful candidates will be contacted by the school campus to accept their offer and pay the deposit fee. This deposit is deducted from the annual International Baccalaureate Programme fee when the student commences Year 10.

Please note that we do not distribute individual test results. Test results are not reviewed in isolation but are considered alongside the other evidence provided in the application to form a holistic assessment of your student's academic ability.

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on selective entry enrolment.  Assessment of applications involves a number of quality assured processes to ensure every application is considered fully on its own merits as well as in relation to the strength of all other applications put forward.   The Principal's decision on selection is final.

Given the detailed analysis that is undertaken in reviewing each application and the number of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback to each unsuccessful candidate. 

Click here for information about the Admissions Policy

Application Fees

*Remote online testing incurs an additional fee. Please see the Edutest website for more details. 

The application process is designed to be undertaken by students in Queensland in their junior secondary years of school (or age or education program equivalent) for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 10).

Applicants seeking fee relief for program and other fees are requested to contact the relevant campus Principal.

Please visit the Queensland Academies Admissions Policy for further Information.

Last reviewed 02 March 2023
Last updated 02 March 2023