John Monash Science School (JMSS) is Victoria’s first specialist secondary school focusing on science, mathematics and associated technologies. The school accommodates 640 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 (VCE) from all over Victoria. Curious students who are problem solvers with a real passion for science are selected for entry after analysis of written assessments, group activities and interviews.
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 and CSIRO — 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 Certificate of Education (VCE). Most VCE studies are offered. Many students access a university extension 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, which 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 school has a well-developed Mindfulness program to build resilience in students.
The physical environment at JMSS is very different from traditional schools. Flexible learning spaces enable students to learn individually and in teams. Students use any combination of laptops, tablets, iPads and smartphones to research, problem-solve, organise, document, analyse, present and create digital objects, as well as to access references and resources from Monash University and beyond. All students develop individual learning pathways informed by their own interests and abilities.
JMSS is co-located on Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-east. The university is well served 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. Community members are welcome to join students, teachers, parents and Monash academics for our annual Science Fair in October. Our partnerships with several international specialist science schools enable our students to collaborate, share research and build friendships with equally passionate students across the globe through exchanges and science fairs. JMSS is excited to offer opportunities for leaning part of our contemporary curriculum online via Emerging Sciences Victoria (ESV) — see more at www.emsci.vic.edu.au.
The uniform is compulsory and enforced
Total enrolment: 646
In high school: 646
In Year 12: 216
Accepts international students
Math classes: streamed and mixed
English classes: mixed
45 VCE level 3/4 studies
410 VCE students
LOTE taught to Unit 4 level:
Chinese, English as a second language, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin,
1 VET program(s) available
3 VET students
Scores of 40+ 17%
Median Score 34
Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%
Bachelor enrolled 96%
TAFE/VET enrolled 1%
I extend a warm invitation to prospective students, parents and teachers to join our exciting specialist science program at JMSS. We provide a rich science-based curriculum, 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 education - 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. Connect with us via Facebook and YouTube.
Name: Laurene Colin
Favourite Subject: Mathematics and Physics
To me, JMSS feels like one big family. Instead of sharing genes, we share a passion. Spending three years of your life at school is enjoyable when you are learning fascinating things with like-minded students. My favourite subjects at school are mathematics and physics! I really enjoy everything logical that has a definite answer (other than physics' uncertainty principles of course). Not only do these subjects work hand in hand, but I have always loved problem solving which allows me to expand my current knowledge in everyday life. I believe science and mathematics allow us to see the world in a different perspective, as well as it holding the answers about our past and future.
Although science and mathematics may be what John Monash Science School specialises in, it also branches out into so much co-curricular to grow us as all-rounders, with music, sport, leadership and international opportunities.
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