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Our guide to ACT Independent schools

Alexandra Tolmie

In the third of our three part series on Canberra’s public, Catholic and independent schools, Alex Tolmie explores the ACT Independent School system.

Canberra is privileged to have a high quality schooling system made up of public, Catholic and independent schools. Schools of different philosophies and affiliations contribute to the richness and diversity of our community.

Though it seems like the year has only just begun and with enrolments for most schools in the ACT now open, it’s the ideal time to think about which school to enrol your child in for the 2016 school year. Enrolments for ACT public schools (preschool to college) opened last month and enrolments for ACT Catholic schools having opened earlier this week. Enrolments for ACT independent schools open on a school by school basis. So if you’re hoping to enrol your child in the school of your choice it is important to do your research and get in as quickly as possible.

Canberra’s independent (or private) schools are a diverse group of non-government schools serving a range of different communities. Most of these schools are affiliated with a particular religion or promote a particular educational philosophy. The schools include small and large day schools and boarding schools, co-educational and single-sex schools, and many enrol students from rural and isolated areas in the Canberra region and beyond.

The ACT independent sector has a total of 18 schools. These include a special needs school, Anglican, Christian (including Protestant, Seventh-day Adventist and non-denominational), Catholic, Islamic, Steiner, Montessori and Community schools. Each school has a unique culture and educational policies and it’s worth visiting the school to get a first-hand perspective. You can find out more by visiting each school’s website linked below.

Anglican schools

Burgmann Anglican School is a co-educational school located in Gungahlin with two campuses. The Valley Campus caters for students from three year old preschool to Year 5 and Year 9 to 12 while the Forde Campus caters for three year old preschool to Year 2 and Year 6 to 8.

Canberra Girls Grammar School is an Anglican day and boarding school. Spread over two campuses in Deakin, the school is co-educational from three year old preschool to Year 2 and girls only from Years 3 to 12. Boarding facilities are available for girls in Years 7 to 12. The School is an International Baccalaureate World School.

Canberra Grammar School is an independent Anglican school providing education to day and boarding students. The Campbell campus caters for boys and girls from preschool to Year 2. The Red Hill campus caters for girls and boys from preschool to Year 2, for boys-only from Year 3 to Year 12 and for boarding students from Year 7 to Year 12. The School is an International Baccalaureate World School and also offers the NSW Higher School Certificate.

Radford College is a co-educational Anglican day school for students from preschool to Year 12. The Junior School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The school is located in Bruce.

Catholic non-systemic schools

See here for our article on Canberra’s Catholic system

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Daramalan College

Daramalan College was founded by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1962 as a Catholic school for boys. Today it is a co-educational school from Year 7 to Year 12 and is one of four schools in Australia seeking to promote and live out the charism of the MSC. The school is located in Dickson.

Marist College Canberra is a Catholic school for boys from Year 4 to Year 12. It is founded in the Marist tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat and the school’s core values derive from the understanding of the gospels and Marist characteristics. The school is located in Pearce.

St Edmund’s College is a Catholic school for boys from Year 4 to Year 12. Founded by the Christian Brothers in 1954, the school is committed to living the message of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Edmund Rice. The school is located in Griffith.

Christian schools

Brindabella Christian College is an inter-denominational, co-educational Christian school for students from three year old preschool to Year 12.The school has two campuses in Charnwood and Lyneham.

Canberra Christian School is a small school providing co-educational education from preschool through to Year 6. The school is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is located in Mawson.

Covenant School

Covenant Christian School

Covenant Christian School (formally Covenant College) is a Protestant, co-educational primary and secondary school for students in Kindergarten to Year 10. The school is located in Gordon. The school currently has a feeder-school arrangement with Trinity Christian School for years 11 and 12.

Emmaus Christian School is a small co-educational school providing Christian education for students in preschool through to Year 10. The school is located in Dickson.

Trinity Christian School is a co-educational Christian Parent Governed School for students in Kindergarten to Year 12. The school is located in Wanniassa.

Islamic schools

Islamic School of Canberra is a co-educational Islamic school offering education for Kindergarten to Year 7 students. The school is located in Weston.

Taqwa School is a community-based co-educational Islamic school that commenced at its current location in Spence on 6 February 2015. The school currently offers education for students in Kindergarten to Year 2. The school will move to its permanent location in Nicholls in 2016 and will eventually offer education up to Year 12.

Non-mainstream schools

Blue Gum Community School offers a unique educational program for students from three year old preschool to Year 10. The school is located across two campuses in Dickson and Hackett.

Canberra Montessori School provides Montessori education for children from 18 months to 12 years of age. The school is located in Holder, with a Parent-Toddler Program also operating in Gungahlin.

The Galilee School operated by [email protected] is an independent secondary school for disengaged and vulnerable young people aged 12 to 17 years who are unable to take part in mainstream schooling due to complex challenges and additional needs. The school is located in Tuggeranong.

Orana School offers a Steiner education for students from preschool to Year 12. The school is located in Weston.

That ends the final part of our three part series on Canberra’s high quality and diverse schooling system. If you enjoyed this series you may also be interested in our article on Canberra’s pre-preschools for the bright and curious three year old.

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Alex Tolmie

Alex is the founder and co-chair of the Department of Education and Training Women's Network and a mum of two gorgeous little girls. She has overcome big challenges as a new mother and now loves to help others become confident, joyful mamas themselves. She blogs about her experience at draxela.com More about the Author

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