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Miami State High School recognises as its prime obligation, the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students whose principal place of residence is within the school’s catchment area.

Because of enrolment capacity and growth, enrolling at Miami State High School will be in accordance with the conditions outlined in the school’s Enrolment Management Plan (EMP).

All parents of students deemed from ‘within’ or ‘outside of catchment’ are required to complete and return the following 'Application for Enrolment Form​',​ after perusal of the EMP below.

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​Enrolment Management Plan

This School Enrolment Management Plan (EMP) sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Miami State High School, subject to any other eligibility requirements detailed in:

 
 
 

The approved Enrolment Management Plan can be located on the Department of Education, Training and Employment website at http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/catchment/

1.    Enrolment Capacity of School


Miami State High School currently has the capacity to enrol up to 1521 students.

 

The school’s Programs of Excellence and merit are supported through the allocation of a defined number of places. Places in the programs will only be available to ‘out of catchment’ enrolments once the demand for ‘in catchment’ enrolment has been met. Currently Miami State High School has the capacity to enrol: 

 
  • 210 students into the Programs of Academic Specialisation; 

  • 124 students into the Programs of Sport Specialisation;

  • 120 students into the Programs of Cultural Specialisation.

 2.     Local Catchment Area

 
 

A school’s local catchment area is the geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students. The map and street database on the school website, defines the catchment area for Miami State High School.   

To find out if you are in our local catchment area please view the Miami High catchment map or click on the following link.

http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/maps/edmap/

3.     Enrolment Policy

 
3.1 Students deemed "as if in catchment":
 

All students, whose principal place of residence is within the school’s catchment area, are (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) eligible for enrolment at the school. The School Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment area throughout the school year.

Parents who wish to enrol their children at the school will need to demonstrate that the student’s principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided as follows:

  • Home Owner
    • Contract of Sale; and or
    • Current Gold Coast City Council Rates Notice; and
    • Current account for supply of domestic electricity (showing usage)
  •  Lease Holders (all three documents required)
    • Lease extending at least three months from the child’s expected start date at Miami SHS; and
    • Original Receipt from the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) for lodgement of the rental bond; and
    • Current account for supply of domestic electricity (showing usage)
 

Students living with a relative/other person within catchment must provide the following:

Alternate custody arrangements will require supporting documentation from Centrelink / Child Support Agency or Family Law Courts verifying residency.

 

Applicants should note that a false statement/assertion about the student’s principal place of residence can amount to fraud and may be reported to police to be investigated. The School Principal may consider repealing a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.       

 

3.2 Identifying other students who are entitled to enrol 'as if in catchment'
 
      

The following groups of students will be deemed to reside in the school’s catchment area, even though they may reside outside:

 
  • Children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services).
  • Siblings** of current students at the school who reside outside of the catchment are entitled to enrol at the school (excluding siblings of students accepted into programs such as Programs of Excellence and siblings of students who were placed at the school as a result of exclusion from another school).
  • Students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school.
  • Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the specific disability program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised needs.
  • Students who have been excluded from a school, if appproved by the Regional Director.
** To be accepted “as if in-catchment” under the sibling provision, the:
1.    applicant must meet the definition of sibling in the School EMP procedure;
2.    enrolled sibling must not have been enrolled in a Program of Excellence at the school (i.e. siblings of PoE students are not automatically entitled to enrol); and
3.    intended enrolment commencement and/or attendance of the sibling must be concurrent with the attendance of a current student for the application for enrolment to be valid. For example; if the student will be commencing in 2016 but the current enrolled sibling finishes at the school, or school campus, in 2015, then the application for enrolment will not be valid. 

4.     Out of Catchment Enrolments

 
 

Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the school’s current capacity. 

Subject to the above capacity conditions, enrolment applications from outside of the catchment area will be assessed against the following criteria in order of priority.

In schools where a School EMP is in force, students from outside the school’s catchment, applying for enrolment to that school are placed on a waiting list in order of receipt of application. These applications are assessed on the following criteria.

 
‘… where a school runs a Program of Excellence / Specialisation, places will only be available to ‘out of catchment’ enrolments if they satisfy the school’s criteria for placement in that particular Program and the defined number of places has not yet been filled by enrolments from within the catchment’. 
 
 
Entry to Programs of Specialisation

Miami State High School has focussed on providing education to students who have demonstrated particular ability in a range of excellence and merit programs.

 

The school has developed a number of excellence and merit programs in academic, cultural and sporting endeavours that provide specialised learning for like-minded and capable students. The provision of an EMP recognises the school's role as a government high school, and acknowledges its traditions and allied community expectations. As one of Australia’s internationally accredited state secondary schools, the school has built a tradition of high education standards at local, state and international level.

The school is a credited as a Gateway School into the Aviation Industry and is the only school on the Gold Coast to offer this pathway.

 

The school may make places available to students whose level of performance and participation in academic, co-curricular, and other activities suggest that they could benefit from the opportunities in this school. The school has absolute discretionary power to determine in which activities, and to which students in a particular activity, it has the capacity to offer assistance and support.

Each specialisation program will have a defined number of places. The number of places is determined by past enrolment trends and predicted capacity.

As with all students, applicants who seek enrolment on the basis of Academic and/or Sporting and/or Cultural merit must provide original documentary evidence of their age, and of Australian Citizenship, permanent Residence status, or of Visa Category eligibility to enrol in a Queensland State High School.

Applicants are encouraged to include documentation that reflects their involvement within their school community and/or the wider community (eg. Red Shield Appeal, being a student leader, member of a Voluntary Group etc) are encouraged to provide detail (including supporting documentation) highlighting their contribution as an active and engaged young citizen.

5.     Academic Specialisation


Academic Specialisation provides students across years 7 to 12 the opportunity to join learning environments with selected teachers and like abled students. The program commences in Year 7 as the Stellar Academic class followed by extension classes in English, Maths, Science and Physical Education across years 8 and 9.

Academic subjects are offered across Years 10 to 12 to best position students wishing to pursue an academic pathway beyond secondary school.

Students will be selected on the basis of an order of merit as determined by:
 
  • School Reports for the previous 2 semesters
  • Results from any academic competition
  • Application Form and supporting documentation to be completed by parents.
  • Confidential consultation between the Principal of Miami State High School (or delegate) and the student's current school Principal (or delegate) 
 

6.     Sport Specialisation

 
      

Applications under the Sport specialisation category of enrolment are evaluated according to the criteria that follow in this section. While all documentation must be provided, the Principal may not need to consider all information in every case in order to be able to arrive at a decision.

  • Performance-based demonstration of merit, supported by documents and/or trial performance.
  • School Reports for the previous two semester reporting periods 
  • Application Form and supporting documentation completed by parents.
  • Confidential consultation between the Principal of Miami State High School (or delegate) and the student's current school Principal (or delegate).
 

Sporting specialisation applicants must provide evidence that demonstrates the ability to manage the academic expectations of the school.

 

Where relevant, a letter from the student's sporting club, supporting the student's school sport and training commitments must be submitted with the Application for Enrolment Form. Entry is restricted to sports that are amongst those of the QSSSA competitions.

 

Students may be enrolled at the discretion of the Principal into one of a number of established school curriculum programs including Physical Education Excellence Program and Extension Classes (Years 7 – 10)

7.     Cultural Specialisation 

         

7.1 Instrumental Music
 
 
In the field of Instrumental Music, it is a requirement that successful applicants will participate in the school's Instrumental Music Program, including group tutorials, up until Year 10 and in ensembles through to Year 12. It is also expected that students who enter Miami State High School on the basis of their musical ability will have access to their own instrument.
 
Applications under the Cultural Specialisation (Instrumental Music) category of enrolment are evaluated according to the criteria that follow in this section. While all documentation must be provided, the Principal may not need to consider all information in every case in order to be able to arrive at a decision.
  • Performance-based demonstration of merit, supported by documents and/or audition performance.
  • School Reports for the previous 2 semester reporting periods
  • Application Form and supporting documentation completed by parents.
  • Confidential consultation between the Principal of Miami State High School (or delegate) and the student's current school Principal (or delegate).
 

Cultural Specialisation (Instrumental Music) applicants must provide evidence that demonstrates the ability to manage the academic expectations of the school.

 
7.2 Dance
 

 
 

In the field of dance, it is a requirement that successful applicants will participate in the school's Dance Program and a range of public performances and eisteddfod competitions through to Year 12.

 

Applicants under the Cultural Specialisation (Dance) category of enrolment are evaluated according to the following criteria:

 
  • A folio of the applicant's recent performance work.
  • A practical audition of artistic ability, which assesses the following:
    • performance, choreography, appreciation;
    • ability to interpret and express ideas and feelings through dance;
    • in one or a combination of; Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre or World Dance styles.
  • School Reports for the previous two semester reporting periods
 

It is expected that students will participate in the Dance program from Year 8 through to Year 12.

Cultural Specialisation (Dance) applicants must provide evidence that demonstrates the ability to manage the academic expectations of the school.

Students may be enrolled at the discretion of the Principal into one of a number of established school  Dance Excellence  programs across Years 7 to 12.

8.     Overseas Students - Merit Applicants

Up to the enrolment capacity of the school, overseas students, who meet the entry requirements of Education Queensland International (as stated in their application package), are selected on the basis of an order of merit as determined by:

 
  • School Reports for the previous 2 semesters.
  • English Language proficiency
  • Completed Education Queensland International Application Form.
  • Academic/Sporting/Cultural Merit - documentation of level of achievement.
  • Confidential consultation between the Principal of Miami State High School (or delegate) and the student's current school Principal (or delegate).

9.   Fees

 

In order to manage the administration of enrolment for ‘out of catchment’ applicants, a non-refundable fee will be required to accompany enrolment applications. The school will advise of any assessment fee at the time of the enrolment enquiry.

The enrolment assessment fee is in addition to any other school fees.

10.   Assessment and Acceptance Process

 

Applications will be recorded by date and time in order of receipt.

Applications will remain current only for the school year in which they are submitted.

11.    Decisions on Enrolment

 

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments and will notify parents of the decision.

 

Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, parents will be notified in writing. Parents may appeal the Principal’s decision by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven school days after receiving the preliminary view.

If no submission is received, the Principal’s preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided. 

If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. 

There is no internal review of the Principal’s decision.

12.     Enrolment Management Plan Gazettal 

 

The School Enrolment Management Plan for Miami State High School is gazetted by the Department of Education and Employment.

13.     ​Decision making flow-chart




 
 





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