About Us

John Monash Science School (JMSS) is Victoria’s first specialist science school, located on Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

The first school of its kind in Victoria and one of only three such specialist science providers in Australia.

Students can study emerging science electives in fields such as nanotechnology, astrophysics, pharmaceutical science and bioinformatics.

Through our partnership with Monash University, all Year 10 students are able to undertake an extended science research project with guidance from expert mentors. John Monash Science School focuses on science, mathematics and associated technologies. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Victorian Government and Monash University, and is located in a purpose-built facility on the university’s Clayton Campus. If you have a real interest in and a passion for the sciences and mathematics, and enjoy challenging work with like-minded friends, then this is the school for you.


2022 Prospectus
JMSS Principal Peter Corkill Speaking To Students

Peter Corkill, Voted principal of the year 2016.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to prospective students, parents and teachers to John Monash Science School, Victoria’s first specialist school in the Sciences, Mathematics and Associated Technologies. If you have a passion for the sciences, love a challenge and welcome every opportunity to learn, then this is the school for you.

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Developing students curiosity in science and mathematics.

Peter Corkill and his dedicated teaching staff continue to create and deliver cutting edge curriculum for more than 600 students annually. John Monash Science School delivers its curriculum via a team teaching paradigm that places two teachers with 50 students in most situations.

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JMSS Student Looking At Flask

Vision & Values.

Our Vision is to become a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence and innovation in the later years of secondary science, mathematics and associated technologies, reflecting global directions and priorities in scientific research and knowledge creation.

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Flexible learning spaces enable students to learn individually and in teams.

John Monash Science School opened its doors to students in 2010 as Victoria’s first Specialist Science School. The physical environment at JMSS is very different from traditional schools. All students develop individual learning portfolios informed by their own interests and abilities.

JMSS is a specialist senior secondary school and caters for students in Year 10 through to Year 12. Our students undertake a three-year VCE program rich in the study of science and mathematics-based subjects, and also offering a breadth of studies in other subjects from the Humanities, Physical Education, Arts and Languages fields.

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JMSS School Building Outside

Opening for the first time in 2010 with 197 Year 10 students.

The school is now at capacity with 640 students from Years 10 to 12 and over 80 full and part time members of staff and Education Support staff. The facilities and infrastructure are multi-storey and based on a ‘learning commons’ design to facilitate the variety of flexible teaching and learning approaches characteristic of the school.

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JMSS Students Talking And Smiling Inside School

John Monash Science School is a Child Safe School.

We have a zero tolerance stance on child abuse and are committed to the protection of all children from all forms of abuse. We are clear about our behavioural expectations of every person in our community. Our Policy and Code of Conduct are made available to all staff, students, families, volunteers, contractors, suppliers and the wider community.

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2021 Term Dates

Start dateFinish date
Term 129 January 1 April
Term 219 April25 June
Term 312 July17 September
Term 44 October17 December
Our unique position on Monash University’s Clayton campus gives us access to world-class science and education research, ensuring our curriculum hits the cutting edge of contemporary knowledge and practice.

Peter Corkill - Principal