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John Monash Science School

John Monash Science School

VIC, Melbourne Eastern Suburbs







John Monash Science School (JMSS) is Victoria’s first specialist secondary school focusing on science, mathematics and associated technologies, accommodating up to 640 students across Years 10, 11 and 12 (VCE). 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.


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 10–12 the school has implemented the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS), the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the new National Curriculum, along with a range of university extension subjects that are offered to students in the senior years. In addition to core curriculum, students have access to a range of co-curricular options, including opportunities to pursue learning in languages, music, the arts, community service, leadership and sport.

To further support student learning, JMSS has developed strong partnerships with researchers and academics across a broad mix of scientific fields at both Monash University and CSIRO – sharing resources and expertise and ensuring the courses offered at JMSS are rich, challenging, contemporary and relevant.

Student Empowerment

A strong support system underpins teaching, learning and daily school life at JMSS. 

Each student is allocated to one of four houses for their entire time at JMSS, providing access to a dedicated mentor teacher and team of house leaders, who also remain with them for the duration of their study. Mentors are the first port-of-call for parents and students, and are responsible for overseeing each student’s day-to-day progress and well-being. 

In addition to the support of the house system, the school has a well-developed Mindfulness program, complemented by an emphasis on positive education both inside the classroom, and further into the school community. JMSS continually strives to provide an environment where students are encouraged and supported to follow their passions not only into their learning and academia, but into life.


The physical environment at JMSS is very different from traditional schools. 

Flexible learning spaces, combined with innovative team teaching practices, enable students to learn individually and in teams. Students use 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. All students develop individual learning portfolios informed by their own interests and abilities, and are frequently afforded opportunities to engage with lectures, research and experiential learning within the Monash University campus.


JMSS is co-located on Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-east. 

The university is serviced by several metropolitan bus routes, while Huntingdale and Clayton train stations are also 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. A founding member of the International Science Schools’ Network (ISSN), our partnerships with several international science schools provide our students with additional opportunities to participate in a number of international exchange programs and science fairs. 

All prospective students, along with parents and family members are invited to attend our school Information Night, which usually occurs in April/May of each year. 

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Key facts

School uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory and enforced

Number of students

Total enrolment: 664
In high school: 664
In Year 12: 235

Gender in depth

Other requirements

Boarding school

Offer IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCAL

Offers VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes: streamed and mixed
English classes: mixed

Senior secondary subjects overview

Senior Secondary Subjects overivew

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,

Senior secondary programs overview

Senior Secondary programs overivew

1 VET program(s) available
3 VET students

How our students performed in Year 12

VCE Results

Scores of 40+ 17%

Median Score 34

Satisfactory completions of VCE 100%


Bachelor enrolled 96%

TAFE/VET enrolled 1%

Apprentice/Trainee 1%

Activities and Support staff



27 music options
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25 sporting activities
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99 other clubs, activities and services
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Support staff

Support Staff

55 support staff
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Accelerated learning

Support Staff

3 accelerated learning
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Message from the Principal

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.

Peter Corkill

Student Profile

Name: Laurene Colin

Year Level:

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.

Open days

The open days listed below have been sourced from John Monash Science School for 2018. Please contact the school directly using the enquiry form on the right hand side for further information.

School Details

Principal: Mr Peter Corkill

39 Innovation Walk Monash University VIC 3800


Tel: (03) 9905 1002

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