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Children are welcome to attend kindergarten before starting full-time school. Children must be 4 years old by July 31 to participate in a kindergarten program. For more information about kindergartens in Queensland visit the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care website.

Primary schools

Children from Prep to Year 6 attend primary school as the initial years of compulsory schooling. Students in these years follow a common curriculum that covers a broad range of subjects with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Teachers adapt the curriculum to suit local and individual needs. Primary learning includes whole-class, small group and individual activities designed to develop inquiring minds and establish the foundation for future learning.

Secondary schools

Secondary schools provide educational programs for students from Years 7-12 (students are required to attend school until they are 16 or have completed Year 10). Students are offered a broad range of academic and vocational subjects enabling them to pursue a course of study that will further their educational and career goals.

P-10/12 schools

P-10/12 schools provide education to students from Prep to Year 10 or Year 12. Traditionally, P-10 schools have developed in more rural and remote locations and P-12 schools have been established in urban areas. Generally, P-10/12 schools provide students with a seamless transition across the phases of learning, and many are very innovative in the way they offer the curriculum.

Enriched education

Queensland academies

The Queensland academies aim to accelerate learning opportunities for Queensland's best and brightest students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries at Kelvin Grove operates in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) External Link. The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Toowong operates in partnership with the University of Queensland. The Queensland Academy for Health Sciences operates on the Gold Coast in partnership with Griffith University.

The educational program offered by the academies is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is a world-recognised pre-university qualification and features accelerated studies, extension and enrichment work with universities, industry experience and personal and social development. More information can be found at the Queensland academies website.

Specialist and innovative

There are more than 70 state schools that engage with industry partners and/or training institutes and universities to create career and educational pathways for students. These gateway schools External Link are part of six networks that offer specialist educational opportunities.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy External Link works with 25 gateway state schools to offer pathways to careers in the resources sector. There are 13 aerospace gateway state schools External Link working with Aviation High to provide pathways for students seeking careers in aviation or aerospace.

There are also many 'centres of excellence' schools specialising in different academic, creative or sporting endeavours.

Partnerships with universities

Many state schools have formed partnerships with universities to allow students to study university subjects while still at school.

Vocational education and training

Queensland continues to lead the country in implementing school-based traineeships or apprenticeships. Almost 6000 students commence school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) annually.

Special schools

Special schools provide highly specialised and individual programs to cater for students with intellectual disability and/or multiple disability. A range of staff is employed including teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nurses. Educational programs for students with disabilities are also provided in primary and secondary schools.

Schools of distance education

Students from Prep to Year 12, who are unable to attend a traditional school setting due to geographic isolation, illness or other special circumstances can attend schools of distance education.

Schools of distance education also provide services to families who choose home-based learning, adults who are completing their schooling, and students living overseas. School-based students who are unable to access desired subjects locally and students attending alternative education settings are also provided with educational programs.

A fee External Link may be payable for distance education however exemptions and waivers are available to students in specified categories.

Education options for adults

There are a range of education options that allow adult learners (people aged 18 years or older) to complete or continue their education.

Adult learners can complete their high school education by applying to enrol as a mature age student at a prescribed mature age state school Microsoft® Word document External Link in Queensland. Fee-free education at a school of distance education is available to mature age applicants whose principal place of residence is at least 16 kilometres from a mature age state school or who are refused enrolment at a mature age state school.

Some mature age state schools offer similar educational programs to state high schools or may offer subjects in the evening. This flexibility may allow those with family or work responsibilities to study at a time and in a manner that suits them. Please contact the school for further information.

The best option for each adult learner will depend on their individual study and career goals. For a list of useful contact details and further information about education options for adults, download the Guide for adult learners Microsoft® Word document External Link.

Outdoor and environmental education centres

Outdoor and environmental education centres develop and deliver outdoor and environmental education programs for schools and the community, and provide professional development for teachers. Programs are linked to the school curriculum and student leadership objectives. These centres provide information about local environmental issues and serve as venues for school excursions and camps. Many are available for hire on weekends and school holidays. The centres offer specialised learning programs such as archaeology and heritage interpretation, environmental arts, urban renewal, and water watch investigations.

Higher education

After completing secondary school students can continue with further studies to obtain higher education qualifications.

Students who obtain an Overall Position (OP) at the end of secondary schooling can apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a place at one of the universities and some of the non-university higher education providers in the state. Queensland students can also apply to other universities within Australia and overseas.

Year 12 students are provided with career advice and counselling to help them choose their university courses and prepare for higher education.

A full list of Queensland universities and non-university higher education providers is available from the departmental website.

International education

Education Queensland International (EQI) develops and promotes programs for international students who want to study at a Queensland Government School, Australia.

For further information on international education programs visit the Education Queensland International website External Link.

Higher education for international students is available at all nine universities in Queensland. These universities are engaged in both teaching and research, and offer undergraduate and postgraduate studies, study abroad and English language courses.

Further information is available on the Study Queensland website External Link.

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This page was last reviewed on 19 Jun 2017

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