John Monash Science School Facilities

John Monash Science School opened its doors to students in 2010 as Victoria’s first Specialist Science School.

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.

Working with like-minded peers and expert teachers, and taking advantage of world-class facilities, students at John Monash Science School are encouraged to perform to the highest academic level in order to achieve their goals. Some students access subjects above their academic age level, and many students access university enhancement subjects on the Monash campus alongside traditional Year 12 subjects.

The school is located near the STRIP (‘Science and Technology, Research and Innovation Precinct’) of Monash University, which includes numerous University–affiliated research organisations.

The Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication and the largest Victorian operation of the CSIRO are also located at the Clayton campus.

The school has been designed to facilitate a range of teaching approaches, flexibility of group sizes and maximum access to cutting-edge learning technologies. These outstanding facilities help us achieve the best learning outcomes for students learning in the 21st century.

Our science laboratories are spacious, flexibly designed and ICT-rich, allowing small-group or whole-class problem solving, individual or group research, direct instruction and collaborative skill development. Students have wireless network access throughout the building, including in laboratories. Students use a combination

of digital devices to research, problem-solve, organise, document, analyse, present and create digital objects as well as accessing references and resources from Monash University and beyond.

Our school has open-plan learning spaces that provide maximum flexibility in small or large groups for up to 50 students with two teachers working in tandem.

There are also landscaped outdoor areas, a basketball court, an amphitheatre, kitchenette areas with microwaves on every floor, and a fully-equipped cafeteria. Students also benefit from close access to Monash University for both physical and digital resources.