In Queensland there are approximately 1250 state schools and over 465 independent and Catholic schools.
The Department of Education and Training has an online directory which lists all state and non-state schools in Queensland and provides links to school websites. It's a useful starting point to help identify the schools in your area.
Eligible children and young people are entitled to enrol at their closest appropriate state school. Some primary and secondary state schools may have reached enrolment capacity and have an enrolment management plan in place. This means students may not be entitled to enrol unless they live within the local catchment area, or, for students from outside the local catchment area, have met eligibility criteria contained in the plan. For further information about enrolling in a state school, refer to the enrolment procedure.
It may be helpful to talk to other parents who have children at the school you are considering for your child.
When choosing a school, consider your child's particular needs along with the support available at the school. It may be useful to write a list of questions about schooling to help guide your discussions with school staff, other parents and community agencies.
After checking the school's website and reading the school's prospectus and any other relevant documents, you might like to ask about:
Copies of the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students, newsletters, prospectus and the annual report will give you further information about the school and its activities.
There are also many things you should consider before your child actually starts school.