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Study in Queensland Independent Schools

Independent schools are accredited by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board, a Statutory Authority of the Queensland Government. All Queensland independent schools receive Commonwealth or State Funding and are also incorporated non-profit organisations. Some independent schools have religious or ethnic affiliations.

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Queensland independent schools welcome overseas students into a range of short term and long term, individual and group programs.

Schools registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) are able to enrol international students entering Australia on a student visa (subclass 571) to study full-time in registered courses for periods of longer than 3 months. Many independent schools also offer short-term study programs (less than 3 months).

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Independent schools offer parents choices of different types of schools and school programs:

  • Co-Ed / Boys / Girls
  • Boarding / Non-Boarding (Homestay)
  • Affiliated / Not Affiliated with a Religion
  • Primary/Secondary
  • Junior/Middle/Senior
  • Single and multiple campuses
  • Montessori, Steiner, Indigenous, IB, International

Parents choose independent schools for:

  • High Educational Standards
  • Holistic approach to general education
  • Moral and Spiritual Values
  • Pastoral Care and Discipline
  • Meeting the needs and interests of individual students
  • Strong home-school partnerships
  • Wide variety of Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities

Queensland independent schools educate approximately 18% of secondary school domestic students and almost half of all overseas students studying in the state.