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Choosing a school

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In Queensland there are almost 1,300 state schools and over 450 independent and Catholic schools.

The schools directory provides contact details for all state, independent and Catholic schools, including email and website addresses if available. For an alternative search option, use the region maps.

A variety of support options for students with disability is collated here. Peruse constructive articles, or share activity ideas.

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 2 semesters, with 2 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 a School 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:

  • What are your child's needs and interests? Will the school be able to cater for them?
  • Is the school reasonably close to home, work and carers?
  • What facilities does the school offer? Are you comfortable with the feel of it?
  • What are the school policies on homework, discipline and safety?
  • Are other services available such as after school care?

Parents may wish to ask prospective schools:

  • the size of the school
  • when to enrol
  • teaching methods and classroom environment
  • uniform policy
  • school hours
  • levies
  • assessment and reporting procedures
  • available resources
  • extracurricular activities
  • communication between home and school
  • student participation, e.g. school council
  • parental involvement, e.g. parents and citizens' association.

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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Last updated 24 September 2018