Freedom to choose is one of the strengths of the Independent schools sector.
Our Member Schools meet the differing cultural, social and religious values of individual families. The school chosen to educate and nurture children through their formative years complements the values that guide the family.
Independent schools are as individual as the students that attend them. Some schools are large, others are very small. Some are single sex, others are co-educational. Our Member schools educate students in Melbourne and in rural and regional areas. Some provide boarding facilities.
Many, but not all, Independent schools are faith based, and a broad spread of religions is represented among our membership. A variety of teaching approaches are available, such as Steiner, Montessori or the International Baccalaureate program. Some schools specialise in supporting students with troubled backgrounds or educating students with special needs.
This level of choice empowers parents to select the school that best matches their child’s needs, interests and ability.
If Independent Schools have one thing in common, it is that they are aware that parents want education to be a holistic experience and for the school to help the young person to grow morally, intellectually, creatively, socially and culturally.
When picking a school, I encourage parents to take the time to shop around, to take advantage of open days, and to involve their child in making the decision. There are also practical considerations such as the location of the school, transportation options, whether single sex or co-education is most appropriate and the fee structure.
You can use our school locator to find Independent schools in your area on an interactive map of Victoria. Once a school has been found, more detailed information can be obtained by using our Member School details database.