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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.



Melbourne Girls Grammar - an Anglican School

Address: 86 Anderson Street, South Yarra, Victoria 3141.
Tel no: 03 9862 9200
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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, a multi campus coeducational school in Melbourne, has been educating young people since 1915, and enrolling international students since 1943.Welcoming students of all nationalities and faiths, we value the richness of our population, which reflects the multi-cultural nature of contemporary Australian society. Our own NEAS Accredited ELICOS Program offers a program of intensive English Language which enables Students to be part of the school community from arrival.The School offers both the VCE and the IB, together with a vibrant and exciting range of learning and co-curricular programs.The welfare and safety of our students is of the utmost importance at all times, Our International students live in approved and monitored homestays, and are required to have a guardian for the duration of their enrolment.With our focus on wellbeing, learning, service and internationalism, Ivanhoe Grammar School students are truly prepared for life beyond school with an awareness and sense of responsibility about their world.Our exceptional 2016 results saw 100% of our International Students receiving tertiary offers.Come and join us on a journey of discovery and find out how Ivanhoe can open up a world of opportunities.+



Mentone Girls’ Grammar School

Address: 11 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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