Gifted and Talented Pathway (GATE)
STEM Selective Program and Scholarships

Applications for Year 7 2025 are open. Applications close on Thursday 14 March 2024 at 4pm. Late applications will not be accepted.


Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with a stimulating and challenging STEM learning environment which empowers them with the skills to succeed and adapt to a changing world where demand for STEM experience is high and will continue to increase into the future.

The program incorporates 21st Century learning strategies focusing on project, problem-solving, inquiry-based learning. Students are encouraged to excel in their areas of academic talent and develop a love of learning.

STEM skills are crucial to innovation and development in our contemporary knowledge-based, competitive global economy. The integration of STEM disciplines in real-world design problems is a way of engaging students in imaginative and collaborative problem-solving and reasoning.

“I really enjoy being able to use knowledge and imagination to create competition entries, robot programs and solar car designs. I believe that it is a great program for learning new things, and how to think outside the box.” – C.J., GATE STEM student

Important Links

Includes information on programs, timelines, application process, HAST information and sample questions and FAQs.

Application Timeline


Applications Open: Mon 16 Oct 2023
Information Session: Thurs 15 Feb 2024 | 5-6pm
Applications Close: Thurs 14 Mar 2024 | 4pm
Test and Music Audition Invitations Emailed: Mon 25 Mar 2024 (week commencing)
Test Date: Sat 27 Apr | 8:45am-12:10pm
Music Audition Date: Sat 11 May | 8:30am-5:00pm
Performance Reports Emailed: Mon 27 May 2024
Round 1 Offers: Mon 3 June (week commencing)
Round 2 Offers: Mon 15 July (week commencing)
Certificates Sent: Mon 19 Aug (week commencing)
Unsuccessful Notifications Emailed: Mon 26 Aug (week commencing)

GATE Programs

Carey is deeply committed to providing access to incredible educational opportunities to all of our students. Our Gifted and Talented Program offers three programs – Academic Excellence, Music Specialist and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Carey has outstanding teachers and teaching facilities with innovative teaching programs that help to create opportunities for all. The GATE program assists gifted students to reach their potential through integrated and academically rigorous courses that emphasise enrichment, challenge and connection.

Enrolled students who are unsuccessful in being invited to sit the HAST Test or awarded a GATE Scholarship are eligible to be invited to participate in the GATE programs. Students are selected using their Semester reports and Year 5 NAPLAN results.


Scholarships are awarded to a select number of students in these programs. To apply for one of our scholarships, parents need to submit an application. Applications are reviewed by the College and if a student is shortlisted for a scholarship, they will be invited to sit a HAST Aptitude Test. This is produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and used by over 100 secondary schools in Australia and internationally.

Scholarships are awarded to the highest-performing students on the basis of academic merit and potential. This is determined by their applications (including their Year 5 final school and NAPLAN reports) and the HAST results. The continuation of scholarship will depend on the student’s positive conduct and academic progress.

Successful students will be offered the following scholarships:

First Round Offers: 75% of deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.

Second Round Offers: 50% deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.