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There are some wonderful educational opportunities here with over 450 private schools in Queensland and more than a third situated in the Brisbane metropolitan area. The main options of private schools in Queensland are, Independent schools and Catholic Schools. Both types are fee paying, although Catholic school fees are often substantially less.

Independent Schools- Many of the independent schools are single sex schools and often have boarding facilities. Independent schools often have a link with the church or sometimes an alternative teaching philosophy ( e.g Montessori or Rudolph Steiner).  Some independent schools in Queenland offer the IB (International Baccalaureate) which is also popular with temporary residents because of  its portability. There is prestige associated with attending private schoosl but the high fee structure is prohibitive for some families. Despite the enrolment fees, demand is high, especially for those considered the ‘best’ schools for which some parents enrol their children at birth. It is important to enrol as early as possible as spaces tend to be sparse, particularly for boys and in the earlier years of school.

Catholic Schools- Catholic schools fees are usually considerably lower than in other private schools. Although the majority of students accepted are Catholic, the schools will accept non-catho;ic students but those students should expect a strong religious ethos.  Most Catholic schools will take Catholic students as a priority and will ask for the baptism certificate and evidence of living within the parish zone.



Calvary Christian College

Address: Carbrook Campus 559-581 Beenleigh/Redland Bay Road, Carbrook QLD 4130
Tel no: 07 3287 6222
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Brief description: Calvary Christian College, a dual campus, independent Childcare to Year 12 Christian College aims to kindle the education flame and to maximise students potential through inquiry-based learning, increasing students confidence to succeed in life and develop a commitment to lifelong learning while fostering their faith. This journey starts in our Childcare centres - Pre-Prep through to Year 6 with the Primary Years Program – an International Baccalaureate curriculum framework. Strong focus of study in the Middle and Senior Schools includes Agricultural Science, Business Studies, Christian Foundations, Health and PE, Information and Communication Technology, LOTE (Spanish and Japanese), Multi-Media Studies, Music and the Arts. Calvarys caring, safe and supportive Christian environment nurtures the whole child in all areas of life – academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. The College runs a bus service within certain suburbs to the two campuses and is a ministry of Logan Uniting Church.



Clayfield College

Address: 23 Gregory Street, Clayfield, Qld 4011
Tel no: 07 3262 0220
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Brief description: Clayfield College is an independent school located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Established in 1931, Clayfield College is owned and governed by the PMSA as a joint mission of the Uniting and Presbyterian Churches.
Clayfield College welcomes students from all over Australia and the world, with girls from PrePrep to Year 12 and boys from PrePrep to Year 6. We also provide boarding for girls from Year 5 to Year 12. Our vision is that Calyfield College will be a learning community where all are encouraged to grow, serve and develop their abilities in our Christian environment. Clayfield College enjoys an excellent reputation in academic rigour and performance. The extra-curricular activities are extensive and provides students with the opportunity to experience a range of sporting, music, cultural, enrichment and community service programs.






To find out further the choices of school available in Queensland,  a useful resource is

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