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Choosing a state school

Queensland state education operates as a partnership between schools and their communities. All state schools are co-educational. Primary schools offer education from Prep to Year 6 and secondary schools offer education from Years 7 to 12.

The school year usually runs from late January to mid December. It is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer.

Children usually attend the state school closest to where they live; however, parents can send their children to the state school of their choice, depending on available places. Some schools have an enrolment management plan that means students may not be able to attend unless they live within the designated catchment zone.

Parents can search for schools in their local area via the Schools Directory.

School websites are a good starting point for parents to understand the culture and philosophy of a school.

Principals or other staff members can also provide tours, classroom visits and information.

To help decide which school is best for your child, consider the following:

Parents may wish to ask prospective schools:

Copies of the school rules or code of conduct, newsletters, prospectus and annual report will give you further information about the school and its activities.

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