The Australian Performing Arts Grammar School (APGS) is a secondary school focusing on academics, creative and performing arts for Years 7 to 12. APGS is a specialist school catering to young people with creative passion and academic commitment.
Our school offers a unique academic and performing arts program and enriched curriculum. We deliver our academic classes alongside our specialist performing arts program.
Our teachers integrate the creative and performing arts in their delivery of academic lessons. APGS teachers understand how to engage creative minds and inspire our students to draw on their self-confidence and ambition to achieve success in their academic studies. We keep class sizes small to ensure that no child is overlooked while also fostering independence early on to set students up for success in their future studies where self-motivated learning is essential.
We deliver our performing arts program across four main streams; Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Arts. Students participate in professional level masterclasses in their chosen stream and engage with a rotating roster of industry professionals. APGS organizes visiting artists and performers to complement our exemplary permanent staff and to enrich the program with master classes. This allows students to perform and exhibit their work in company with those already contributing to Australian and international performing arts practice.
We are proud of the community we have built at APGS where our students and staff come together in celebration of their shared passions and accomplishments.
The only way to really see how wonderfully unique APGS is to see us in action, either at a School Tour or one of our many Showcase events held each year. - Ms Wendy Lindeman
From the Head of School (Operations)
At APGS we are dedicated to empowering creativity in every student. Students come to us from all across Sydney in search of an education where their passions are encouraged and celebrated. APGS is a place where they are surrounded by students and teachers who share their dedication and commitment to the arts.
The creative arts build self-confidence and resilience and by empowering our students to engage with their passions they develop core values and learn through experience. We are proud to offer an arts rich education and believe that through empowering the creativity of every student at APGS we embolden them with the confidence and skills to achieve to the best of their abilities academically and creatively.
APGS students design their own success; through engaging with subjects that they are passionate about APGS promotes genuine self-actualized learning.
We see the potential in each student and strive to continually extend, nurture and encourage them to grow. Our focus is on how students can explore their creative abilities in a multifaceted way. By looking beyond just grades, we take them on a journey and see them leave us having become an even better human being. The creative arts build self-confidence; resilience and help students develop core values. Empowering students through the creative and performing arts allows them to discover themselves and their place in the world. - Mrs Eunice Chung Lee
APGS launched its exciting Broadway campus in 2012, located in close proximity to the Sydney CBD and right in the heart of the education district.
A vibrant and bustling area packed with cafes, shopping and performance venues, the APGS Broadway campus is strategically located close to Central Train Station, Broadway Shopping Centre, Victoria Park, The Seymour Centre, Sydney University, UTS, AMPA and a number of other landmark amenities and educational establishments.
The APGS campus is housed in a magnificent building refurbished with purpose-built facilities for students and staff including auditoriums, learning areas, computer and technology lab, art studio, and a number of specialist rehearsal spaces to cater for dance, drama, music and theatre training. This unique environment is conducive to learning and creativity, further enhanced by the beautiful surroundings with Victoria Park and Lake Northam on its doorstep.
The APGS campus is easily accessible by public transport, located just a short walk away from Central railway station and with regular bus services stopping in front of the building from many areas of Sydney.
Apply Now for Year 7 - 11 for APGS. Students are invited to submit an Online Audition via video submission followed by an Interview with The Head of School.
We believe each individual has unique talents and qualities of character. All APGS Auditions are one on one and based on Application, Audition and Interview.
Entry to APGS is based on an Audition and Interview along with your accompanying documents. Applicants are required to perform 2 contrasting pieces or excerpts of up to 3 minutes each covering one or two of their chosen streams (Dance, Drama, Music, Music Theatre). Visual Arts students are to submitt a portfolio of 8-10 pieces of their own work.
STEP 1: Complete the Online Application Form
-$250 application fee applies.
-To book you in for an Online Audition.
-To send through the required supporting documentation.
-To send through two audition video submissions (or art portfolio)
STEP 3: Interview
-Complete an interview with the Head of School.
STEP 4: Outcome
-Audition outcomes will be sent out within 2-3 weeks of your childs audition.
-Applicants will be advised via email.
-$1,500 acceptance fee applies.
You can make an enrolment enquiry by contacting our Admissions Officer.
Students choose APGS for their senior studies because they are inspired to pursue a creative education. We will always offer all four creating/performing arts courses for senior study; Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts. APGS allows students to engage with their passions while achieving the High School Certificate. We provide a unique way for students to approach their HSC with integrated specialist training in the performing arts delivered by our rotating staff of performing arts tutors. APGS provides a place for students to engage with like-minded peers and to celebrate their creativity.
in 2021, Carys Hakin was nominated and subsequently selected to perform at Encore for her vocal performance of When Sunny Gets Blue (Fisher/Segal). Encore 2021 showcased the best performances from the 2021 HSC Music 1 and 2 cohorts at the City Recital Hall.
In 2021, Ella Fraser was nominated for the Design and Technology showcase, Shape - a celebration of the very best in HSC Design and Technology major design projects.
- 100% of Music students acheived a Band 4 - Band 6
- 100% of English Extension 2 students acheived in the top 2 bands
- 90% of Visual Arts students acheived a Band 4 - Band 6
- 85% of Dance students acheived a Band 4 - Band 6
- 85% of Drama students acheived a Band 4 - Band 6
Three APGS Music students: Holly Moore, Adam Watt and Grace Cenere; were nominated for Encore - a selection of outstanding HSC music performances in NSW.
In 2020 two APGS Drama students: Adam Watt and Grace Cenere; were nominated for OnStage - a show case of the best individual performances from HSC Drama across the state.
- APGS' 2019 Dux and Valedictorian Lola Bond achieved an ATAR of 94.9. Lola scored a near perfect mark of 49/50 in English Extension 2.
- 100% of HSC Music 1 students achieved a Band 5 or Band 6
- 75% of HSC Visual Arts students achieved a Band 5 or Band 6
- 75% of HSC Dance students achieved a Band 5 or Band 6
In 2019 two students were nominated for ArtExpress: Ieisha Acampora and Lola Bond.
Both students' works were selected for exhibition; Ieisha's work was exhibited at the Armoury Gallery and Lola's work was exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Two 2019 Drama students, Laura Banning and Lola Bond, were nominated for OnStage, a showcase of the best Individual Performances across the state.
Lola Bond was nominated for Callback in 2019; a selection of outstanding performances and projects from HSC Dance students.
Post school destinations of our graduating class of 2019 include: Queensland University of Technology, the Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney, ED5 International, Screenwise Australia and Billy Blue College of Design.
Lola Bond was awarded the QUT Excellence scholarship (Elite Visual and Performing Arts) valued at $30,000. The award of an Excellence Scholarship acknowledges outstanding achievement in the creative industries; it is awarded to the top two candidates from the audition process; Lola was one of the top two of over 500 auditioned across Australia.