There are two main choices of private schools in Australia, Independent schools and Catholic Schools. Both attract school fees, although Catholic school fees are often considerably less.
Independent Schools- In 2010 the NSW independent schools sector enrolled over174,000* students in primary and secondary schools, representing 15.6% of all the students in NSW (*includes independent Catholic schools).
Independent schools account for nearly 10% of all primary school enrolments in NSW and over19% of all secondary school enrolments. At the senior secondary level (Years 11 and 12) independent schools account for over 20% of enrolments.
The number of students enrolled in independent schools has increased by an average of nearly 4% per year over the last 30 years.
*The above figures are derived from several sources, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics 'Schools Australia' series and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Non-Government Schools Census.
Many of the schools 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. The French School and German school in Sydney are popular options with expatriates. A few Independent schools now offer the IB (International Baccalaureate) which is also popular option with ex pats 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. Some of the private schools have fees of over $30,000 per annum for Year 12. Despite the high fees, demand for places is high, especially with those considered the ‘best’ schools and many parents enrol their children at birth. The earlier you can apply/enrol 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 private sector. Although the majority of students accepted are Catholic, the schools are not exclusive but students should expect a strong religious ethos. The costs at these schools can often be less than the levy paid by overseas residents at public schools, making it a popular option with expats. Most Catholic schools will take 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
Tel no: 02 8305 6200
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief description: Founded over 155 years ago, St Catherine’s day and boarding school educates girls from Kindergarten to Year 12, in a caring Christian community that welcomes and values all faiths and abilities. Overlooking the famous eastern suburbs beaches, the school provides a broad, challenging and vibrant education that calls forth the unique potential of each girl. Positive psychology and ICT skills are integrated fully into teaching programs, with the use of 1 to 1 technology. Staff work hard to ensure they raise the academic bar to the right level for every girl; through streaming lessons, mentoring, extension classes, a gifted and talented program, and a comprehensive academic support program. Academic studies are complemented by an extensive co-curricular program. Students enjoy outstanding facilities as well as cultural, sporting and entertainment activities.
St Luke’s Grammar School
Tel no: 02 9438 6200
Email address: email@example.com
Brief description: St Luke's Grammar School is an independent Anglican co-educational school, from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Established in 1993, the School aims to educate, develop and inspire students to make a difference in the world. Firstly, the School is based on a solid Christian foundation, where students, staff and parents are able to express and explore the Christian faith. The School also places significant focus on Academic Excellence, seeking to challenge each student to reach their greatest potential. Lastly, St Luke’s remains steadfast in its commitment to Pastoral Care. The School promotes the resilience of students, enhancing their development into well-rounded individuals. Significant growth in demand, is setting the School up well for the future. St Luke’s, with over 900 students, continues to strive to be the school of first choice on the Northern Beaches.
Knox Grammar School
Tel no: 61 2 9473 9768
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief description: Knox Grammar School is a leading Australian school, providing positive learning opportunities for approximately 600 Prep boys and 1,500 Senior School students, including 160 boarders.
Knox aims for every boy to achieve his maximum academic potential through the highest quality teaching. Students are also encouraged to excel on the sports field, in cultural and other co-curricular activities and to be challenged by spiritual and social justice programs. It is through these programs that Knox boys grow into great men of integrity, faith, wisdom and compassion.
Knox is located in Wahroonga on Sydney's North Shore and is easily accessible by public transport.
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