HOW TO APPLY TO SHS

Follow the procedures exactly to maximise your chance of success.

How does the application process for public Senior High Schools in Ghana work?

Around the time of your BECE, you will receive a form for the Computerized School Selection & Placement System (CSSPS) from your Junior High School.

You need to fill out this form to select the schools you would like to apply to.
To find the right schools for you, use our website, GhanaHighSchools.com, and talk to your teachers and counselors.

Here is what this form may look like:

You have six (6) school choices!
You are limited in which school categories and types you may select.
It is essential that you follow these rules, which are described below.

What are the key rules?

Rule 1: You must choose 6 schools in total. No less.
Rank them in order of your preference.

Rule 2: You must select programme preference” and “accommodation preference” for each school.
For example, your first choice could be a school with “General Science” and “Boarding”. Your second choice could be a different school with “Visual Arts” and “Day”. For

Rule 3: You cannot select more than 1 Category A school and 2 Category B schools.

Rule 4: As your sixth choice, you must pick a Catchment Area Day school (Category D) or a boarding school from a list in an appendix, which will be provided to you by your JHS.

Rule 5: Private SHS and private TVET schools are not part of Free SHS. Students who want to apply to private schools must do so separately from the CSSPS system.

Need an example?

This is an example of a correctly filled form:

Rule 1: Six schools in total

Rule 2: Programme preference and accommodation preference filled for each school

Rule 3: Only one (1) Category A school and two (2) category B schools selected; the rest from Category C and D

Rule 4: A local “Day only” school (Category D) selected as sixth choice

Frequently asked questions

Can I have a Category B/C school as my first choice and a Category A as my second or third choice?
Yes, you can.

Can I select TVET schools?
Yes, they are listed as Category A, B or C schools like others. You could even select purely TVET schools as all six choices from Category A, B, C as Day or Boarding as a special option.

What is the best strategy to maximise my chances of success?
Select the best schools suited to your academic performance.

If you are an absolute outperformed and expect mostly A1s with a few B2s in your BECE, don’t hesitate to list elite schools such as Wesley Girls SHS or Holy Child as your preference.
If you expect to have a more average BECE score, consider selecting more Category B and C schools that could be less in demand, but show strong academic performance by way of their WASSCE Passing Rate.

What happens if CSSPS does not match me to a school?

It’s ok not to be matched. There is a school waiting for you!
Approximately 30% of students cannot be automatically matched to one of their choices, but still have a chance at a spot at a very good Senior High School.

If you are not automatically matched, you need to log into the CSSPS Self-Placement Portal once it opens. Open spots at many schools will be shown in the Self-Placement Portal. The faster you log in, the more choices you will have.

Find the best available school in the Self-Placement Portal (which may include Category A and B schools!), use our school finder as a reference, and select your alternative school.

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