High schools in Brisbane

High schools in Brisbane where to start, this is a huge subject ! and we don’t want to pretend to be experts ! but we will just give you as much of an insight as we have.

If you have younger kids makes sure to check out our Primary schools blog as well as our kindy one too

If moving from overseas then one of the 1st things you will come across is that the school year is totally different to anywhere else, as it actually starts at the beginning of the year rather than in the middle. But the age cut off is actually the  June 30th which can be confusing . This means our kids are either looking at repeating some work or missing out on some, and this can cause a lot of anxiety !

We have found that most schools are pretty good with this and will work with you, to work out the best scenario.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is stay confident and make sure you understand, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to, and consistently reassure your kids that its going to be ok, and encourage them to get as involved as they can with clubs and sports, as its a huge change for them too and if they can settle in and make friends it will help the transition.

When looking for schools it can be hard to know where to start .

Queensland have a test called Naplan ( click  for 2015 results ) which all students sit in grades 3,5,7 and 9 in all schools, and the results of these can give a good indication of how well the students in that school are doing, so these can be a good starting point .

There are a lot of great schools around Brisbane both private and state, check out this website for a great overview of the State High schools

Some of the consistently good performers for state schools towards the western suburbs are

Kenmore State High school

Brisbane State High School

Indooroopilly State High School

The Gap State High School

There are of course others we are just mentioning those we know personally  🙂 through either family or friends

With state high schools you do have to live within the catchment area, so make sure you bear this in mind when house hunting as along with the rest of the world good schools mean higher house prices .

When it comes to private schools, Brisbane seems to like single sex schools which I know we weren’t used to when we arrived, but you can live anywhere with these schools

These are some of the girls schools in the city and over to the West

Brisbane Girls Grammar                    Saint Margarets

Somerville                                              Brigidine

Saint Aidans

Then for the boys we have

Brisbane Boys College                            Saint Lawrence 

Brisbane Grammar

 Abrose Treacey

To look up all the others check out the independent school directory

There are also a small number of schools which are part of the Greater Public Schools Association of Queensland and they have their own competition circuit in sports, which may interest those with very sporty kids but can mean these schools have a longer waiting list.

Co ed private school are fewer, the main one on the west side of Brisbane being

St Peters Lutheran College , which has 2 locations Indooroopilly and Spring field, and can offer boarding places at the Indooroopilly location

There are other coed schools further out of the city

John Paul college being one of the bigger ones out in Daisy Hill or

West Moreton Anglican College  Karrabin

And this list could go on and on and on !

The schools are more than happy for you to contact them before you arrive if, like us, you want your kids to get settled as quickly as possible .

If you arrive and then start looking thats equally good , most schools have open days throughout the year and most are more than willing to take you on a tour, if you make an appointment

Whichever you chose you’re kids will be OK, we have some tips on relocating with kids  and just keep loving and hugging them even when they may not want it.


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