Entry to the Football and Gifted Programs

The Underdale High School special entry programs have successfully been in operation for six years and have attracted student interest from across South Australia and have affected positive student outcomes. Graduates of our Football Academy have secured senior and international playing positions, as well as obtaining employment within the sporting industry.


The Underdale High School Football Academy celebrated many successes including 8/9 Boys Metropolitan Champions, Year 10 Boys State Knockout Champions, Open Boys 5 a side State Champions and individual students have been selected as state representatives for national championships, Australian Futsal and State National Training Centres. Several Underdale High School students were also selected for state team representation and invited to trial with English clubs.


Similarly our students in the Gifted Programs have achieved their personal academic goals. Kane Valente, a 2010 Year 12 Graduate and participant of the Gifted Program achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95 (with bonus points) at the age of 14 years. Indeed more than 50% of our Year 12 graduates, who participated in the middle school Gifted Program, have achieved outstanding ATAR scores exceeding 80, with other students successfully achieving entry into their preferred pathways. Other Gifted Program successes include 10% of Year 12 students achieving high ATAR scores, Distinctions in Westpac Maths and English Competitions.


In 2016 we are offering an opportunity for Year 8 girls to join our Year 8 Netball Special Program as part of the Year 8 curriculum. This is an elective course conducted for a semester and is not compulsory for students. The course is designed for students who have a genuine interest in and commitment to learning about netball.


Each year we receive many requests for students to enter these successful special-entry programs. We encourage interested students and families to visit our school at our Open Day events and to attend the Information session related to the program of interest.


All interested students must submit an application to the school by Friday, 19TH MAY 2017 for the Gifted Program and Football Academy. (Students may apply for both programs if they desire.)

Download Applications from the following links

Application for the 2018 Football Academy

Expression of Interest for the 2018 Gifted Class


Call us on 8301 8000 to receive an Information Package and/or arrange to join a tour of the school.