Queensland’s education system is made up of three schooling sectors – independent schools, Catholic schools and state schools.
Independent schools are a valued education choice for an ever-increasing number of Queensland families, educating 16.2 percent of all school-age children.
There are more than 230 independent schools located in communities across the state. They include co-educational schools, girls-only and boys-only schools, boarding schools and schools for students with disability, disengaged students and students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
Independent schools serve a diverse range of students and offer parents a broad choice of schooling options, from faith-based schools to schools founded on a particular education philosophy such as Montessori or Steiner.
Independent schools are generally governed, managed and accountable at the school level, allowing them to operate autonomously and to be responsive to the needs of their local communities. However, there are also some independent schools that operate within a mutually supportive school system based on faith or cultural affiliations.
What is common to independent schools is their commitment to providing the children in their care with a quality education and support in a disciplined, respectful and welcoming environment.
Discover Independent Schools
Discover more about the independent schools in your area by visiting their websites, taking a school tour or attending an Open Day. Independent Schools Queensland has a list of all independent schools in the state.
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