Catholic Education South Australia

St Joseph Catholic School


2022 Academic Scholarships

St Joseph's School Murray Bridge is pleased to offer a limited number of 2022 Academic Scholarships which are available for entry into Year 7 and Year 8. Academic Scholarships are open to all students, including those students already attending St Joseph's School and those not currently enrolled at the school, but wish to be.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an academic examination using objective measures provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Scholarship values vary from 25% to 50% reduction of the annual tuition fees and offer remission on these fees for a period of up to three (3) years provided the student achieves a grade point average.



Applications for the 2022 Academic Scholarships will open later in 2020. The process to apply for an Academic Examination for scholarship consideration is as follows:

  1. Complete an application form and return it to the school via post or email:  by 24 January 2021
  2. Register online for the ACER Academic Examination by clicking the relevant link below. Payment of $110 to sit the examination must be made at the time of registration online to ACER.

    When applying for an ACER Scholarship Examination, please select the required level:

    Australian Cooperative Entry Program (Level 1) – for students entering Year 7 and Year 8 in 2022
  3. Email confirmation from ACER will be sent to all applicants who have registered online verifying their application details along with further information regarding the examination.
  4. Sit the examination at St Joseph's School in February 2021. Once registered an email detailing venue and requirements will be sent to the applicant.
  5. Students will be notified whether they will be required for the interview stage.
  6. The student applicant and their parent/caregiver will be invited to attend an interview with St Joseph's School Principal, Mr Adrian Brown.
  7. Offers of Academic Scholarships are made in writing.
  8. Acceptance by parents and students of the Terms and Conditions of being awarded an Academic Scholarship are made by each party signing a scholarship contract.

Academic Scholarships will be awarded primarily on the basis of the ACER Scholarship Examination results. The final decision of awarding of scholarships rests with the school.

Further information

For any queries, please contact the Enrolment Manager, Michael Gates on 08 8534 2000 or email


Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Scholarships

The following provides answers to some frequently asked questions about our Academic Scholarship program:

Scholarships are offered to students entering into Year 7, 8 (from 2022) or 9 (from 2023) each year. Students currently enrolled at St Joseph's School are eligible to apply. Students not enrolled at St Joseph's School but would like to apply and sit the scholarship examination are also welcome to do so.

The process has three steps:

1. Complete the written application and return this to the school by 24 January 2021.

2. Register and make payment online to ACER for the sitting of the Academic Examination by 24 January 2021.

3. Sit the Academic Examination on the scheduled date in February 2021.

When completing the online application process, students must select the appropriate examination level for their year level. These are:

• Level 1 for children entering Year 7 or Year 8 in 2022

The scholarship value will be determined by the amount of applicants each year and the results from the Academic Examination. A minimum 25% per annum will be offered (for a maximum of three (3) years), up to a maximum 75% per annum.

The amount awarded is at the discretion of St Joseph's School and may be discussed during a formal interview to successful candidates after the results of the Academic Examination are known.

The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined at the discretion of the school. The number may vary from year to year depending on the number of eligible applicants and the outcome of the examination results.

Yes, an overall assessment of where your child ranked in each of the curriculum areas assessed will be distributed to parents. This information will be solely for your child and does not include any details on the total group of students assessed.

The cost of applying for the Academic Scholarship is $110 per student, per school application. This amount must be paid online to ACER prior to the sitting of the Academic Examination. This amount is for the administration of the examination and is non-refundable.

There are no other costs to apply for an Academic Scholarship. If a student who is not currently enrolled at the school receives an offer of scholarship, they are required to move through the normal enrolment Procedure for St Joseph's School, including an enrolment interview.

The Academic Examination consists of two Multiple Choice tests; one in the area of Maths and one in the area of Humanities. There are also two English writing tasks that are to be completed.

All students who apply for an Academic Examination will sit the exam on the same day at St Joseph's School, Murray Bridge. For students applying for an Academic Scholarship for 2022, the testing day will be held in February 2021. An email confirming details for the sitting day will be distributed prior to this date.

Yes. St Joseph's School, Murray Bridge is a part of the Australian Cooperative Entry Program (ACEP) and therefore applicants can be considered for more than one school. An applicant must pay the registration fee for each school, however need sit only one examination; the results of which will be forwarded to each school an applicant has applied for.