St Ives High School is situated in spacious grounds on the upper north shore of Sydney. The school was established as a co-educational comprehensive high school in 1964 and is one of only 16 in NSW to have a Support Unit (Hearing). The school has close ties with its parent community, possesses high quality resources, and enjoys a reputation for academic and sporting achievement, participation in cultural activities, and holds high expectations of student excellence and intercultural understanding.
St Ives High School has close links with neighbouring primary schools in matters of curriculum, sharing of facilities and programs for gifted and talented children. In addition, the school is part of the 'North Shore 5' (NS5), where 5 North Shore High school are combining to cooperate and provide broader curriculum choices, access to specialist teachers and a range of teaching facilities across the schools.
We were the first government High School in the State to establish a specially selected accelerated Year 7 class in 1993. This successful programme has enabled a number of students to complete their School Certificate and HSC subjects, a year in advance of their cohort.
Teaching resources are of an extremely high standard. The school encourages every student to reach a level of full potential in every activity. At the HSC examination, students consistently achieve quality results. For many years at least 20% of Year 12 Students, have scored in the top 10% of the State. 40% of students would be in expected to come in the top 20% of the State and 75% receive an offer to a tertiary institution. Special programs are offered for those from non-English speaking backgrounds, those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
The school enjoys strong parental and community support for its traditions of excellence in a variety of academic, sporting and cultural pursuits.
Special features include:
Dramatic, Dance and Musical productions
Instrumental and Choral performances
Visual Arts and Design & Technology exhibitions
Students also excel in the realm of community services, assisting many charities as voluntary helpers and collectors. Leadership development is fostered through an active Student Representative Council, Public Speaking, Debating, Mock Trial activities and International Visits.
The School Motto - OPTIMA OPTIME - is a Latin Quotation. The English translation is: "The best possible things in the best possible way"