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There are two main choices of private schools in Melbourne and Victoria, Independent schools and Catholic Schools. Both attract school fees, although Catholic school fees are often considerably less.

Independent Schools-Roughly 15% of children attend private or independent schools. Many of them are single sex schools and most have boarding facilities. Many of these schools have a link with the church or an alternative teaching philosophy such as Montessori or Rudolph Steiner. A few Independent schools now offer the IB (International Baccalaureate) which is also popular option with expats due to its portability. There is some prestige associated with attending Private school but for many the high fee structure prevents this being an option. Despite the high fees, demand for places is high, especially with those considered the ‘best’ schools and many parents enroll their children at birth. The earlier you can apply/enroll your children the better, spaces tend to be sparser for boys and in the earlier years of school.

Catholic Schools-Catholic schools account two thirds of non-government schools and the school fees are usually considerably lower than in the rest of the Catholic students as a priority and will expect you to show a baptism certificate and to live within the parish zone.


St Catherine’s School

Address: 17 Heyington Place, Toorak.
Tel no: 03 9822 1285
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Brief description: St Catherine’s School has a unique and proud history with a strong reputation as a leader in girls' education for over a century. St Catherine’s educates girls from Prep to Year 12, and is centrally located in Toorak, Melbourne Australia.
We welcome girls from local, rural and international communities. With over 700 students located on one campus, St Catherine’s provides students with individual attention as well as a broad range of subject choice and co-curricular activities. Every girl is known to and valued by our teaching staff, and has the opportunity to excel. St Catherine’s School has strong values which are implemented through every aspect of the school. St Catherine’s provides an enviable opportunity for girls to learn in one supportive community.




Melbourne Girls Grammar - an Anglican School

Address: 86 Anderson Street, South Yarra, Victoria 3141.
Tel no: 03 9862 9221
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Brief description: Melbourne Girls Grammar is a place where challenge and choice create opportunities for every girl to discover who she is meant to be. MGGS is a forward moving school with an outstanding history of providing girls with an exceptional education that equips them to thrive and lead in many life contexts. Through an unwavering commitment to their personal best, girls at MGGS develop confidence and independence. Our Student Values provide the foundation for student service and leadership, and world class Learning Programs (Early Years, Junior Years , Prep-Y 4, Middle Years Y5-8, Senior Years Y9-12) are specially created to respond to the needs of contemporary girls. Enhancing an MGGS education are the diverse opportunities in the classroom and beyond. The depth of co-curricular programs offered in every Learning Program, ensures that every girl explores and develops her areas of interest and passion to maximise her learning. Experience our exceptional Learning Programs and facilities for yourself in 2013.




Ivanhoe Grammar School

Address: P O Box 91, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079.
Tel no: 03 9490 1877
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Brief description: Ivanhoe Grammar School is a multi campus, coeducational school north east of the Melbourne CBD.
The School is almost 100 years old, and is regarded as a quality independent school. International students can enrol in
the primary and secondary school, and Intensive English is available for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Both the VCE and the IB are offered.




Wesley College Melbourne

Address:  5 Gladstone Parade, Elsternwick, Victoria 3185 : 3 year old Kindergarten - Year 9 students.
Address: 620 High Street Road, Glen Waverley, Victoria 3150 : 3 year old Kindergarten - Year 12 students.
Address: 577 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004 : 3 year old Kindergarten - Year 12 students.
Tel no: 03 8102 6617 Email address:
Brief description: Wesley College Melbourne is a coeducational school of the Uniting Church with a rich tradition on which to base its liberal, broadly based curriculum. We believe in a true education - one that realises the full potential of every girl and boy. Our rich and comprehensive coeducational program promotes not only excellent academic results but has a concentrated focus on the Arts, Sport, Outdoor Education and Community. International students from all backgrounds, countries, religions and cultures study at Wesley because of its excellent educational reputation, facilities and student support. In Years 11 and 12 a very wide range of subject choices is offered across: • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) – 26 subjects; • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – 44 subjects and • Vocational Education & Training (VET) – 3 subjects.




Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

Address: 15 Mentone Parade, Mentone VIC 3194.
Tel no: 61 3 9581 1200
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Brief description: Mentone Girls' Grammar School is one of the finest schools for girls in Melbourne. We accept students of all talents and abilities. Since 1899, generations of students, staff and parents have been proud to be a part of this highly successful learning community. With a beautiful single campus, we offer the advantages of a seamless education from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our unique location by the beach provides a healthy educational environment and has inspired our WAVES priorities – key principles which guide the way we meet the particular learning needs of girls by contributing to their Wellbeing, Achievement, positive Values, Enterprising nature and Success. Quality teaching, small classes, and an inspired curriculum, set within technology rich, purpose built learning centres, have led to our long history of outstanding achievement.







To find out further the choices of school available in Melbourne,  a useful resource is the Elite Executive Services Interactive Map.

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