This is ONLY a snapshot overview of schools in the Melbourne/Victoria area, with very general info on schools considered (although not always chosen) by expats.
You will not find full-blown GSGI reviews here, yet, because the school evaluation process for Melbourne/Victoria is still underway.
By full write-ups, we mean the reviews that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors.
As often happens in a Guide written by expats and parents ever on the move, our Melbourne editor had to bow out before she could complete this section..in fact, she completed everything but the actual school write-ups. Until we replace her, we hope these articles and lists of schools will help you with your search.
Below you will find contact details and VERY brief non-committal information for the Melbourne/Victoria schools, perhaps enough to get you started, but probably not enough for you to make a decision without more research.
NOTE: The unusual situation in Australia is that there are many, many outstanding schools. They are very difficult for expats to get into (because they are so well filled by local Australians), but not impossible. As of this writing, we know of no strictly international schools in Melbourne.
Victoria Schools Considered by Expats:
Ballarat Grammar School
201 Forest Street, Wendouree, Victoria 3355
Tel: 03 5339 1191
Fax: 03 5338 0992
Co-ed, Independent, Kindergarten to Year 12 (Boarding Years 7 – 12).
Early history and highly respected; 1 1/2 hours west of Melbourne, sitting on 16.5 hectares, with wonderful facilities. Separate boarding houses; junior boarders share dormitories; individual cubicles for Year 11-12. 250-student dining room.
Brighton Grammar School
90 Outer Crescent, Brighton, Victoria 3186
Tel: 03 8591 2200
Fax: 03 9592 6001
Boys, Anglican, Kindergarten to Year 12.
Independent and self-governing school with excellent facilities; outdoor education program for Years 5 – 10; VCE includes French, Japanese and Latin.
Camberwell Girls Grammar School
Junior School: Ormiston House, 17 St. John’s Avenue, Mont Albert, Victoria 3127
Senior School: 2 Torrington Street, Canterbury, Victoria 3126
Tel: 03 9813 1166
Fax: 03 9882 9248
Girls, Independent, Anglican.
680 students total; Participation and teamwork emphasized. Seniors are offered more than 100 VCE units; facilities include superbly equipped performing arts complex, science centre and labs, computer laboratories and splendid sporting facilities.
Camberwell Grammar School
55 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, Victoria 3126
Tel: 03 9835 1777
Fax: 03 9836 0752
Boys, Independent, Anglican, Pre-prep to Year 12.
The 8-hectare site provides old and new buildings, which house computer rooms, science labs, an Asian studies centre, performing arts complex, music school, gymnasium, swimming pool and ovals.
Carey Baptist Grammar School
349 Barkers Road, Kew, Victoria 3103
Tel: 03 9816 1222
Fax: 03 9816 1263
(3-4 year old Kindergarten): 9 Era Court, Donvale, Victoria 3111
Tel: 03 9842 2166
Fax: 03 9841 8140
Co-ed, Independent, Christian, 3-4 year old Kindergarten to Year 12.
International school, of all faiths. Sport and physical education facilities of over 14 hectares. Sporting complex at Bulleen; outdoor education facility at Camp Toonallook, Gippsland Lakes area. Languages in Year 12: Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, French and German. The IB is offered as an alternative to VCE.
Catholic Ladies College Ltd
19 Diamond Street, Eltham, Victoria 3095
Extensive grounds - spacious, well-equipped resource centre with internet access, gymnasium, specialist facilities for drama, music and food technology. The performing arts are part of a vibrant life with musical productions and performing arts festivals providing many opportunities for musicians, dancers and actors.
Caulfield Grammar School
Caulfield Campus Address: 217 Glen Eira Road, East St. Kilda, Victoria 3183
Tel: 03 9524 6300
Fax: 03 9523 5782
Wheelers Hill Campus Address: 74-82 Jells Road, Wheelers Hill, Victoria 3150
Tel: 03 8562 5300
Fax: 03 9561 8916
Malvern Campus Address: 5 Willoby Avenue, Glen Iris, Victoria 3146
Tel: 03 9885 5995
Fax: 03 9885 5721
Co-ed, Independent, Anglican, Day and Boarding.
There are six campuses: three in Melbourne, one in Nanjing, China, Yarra Junction Campus and the Virtual Campus. Wide range of academic subjects offered up to VCE; large number of sporting activities offered to students.
Christian Brothers College, St. Kilda
11 Westbury Street, East St. Kilda, Victoria 3183
Tel: 03 9529 6611
Fax: 03 9521 3708
Boys, Independent, Catholic, Years 7 to 12.
Proudly multicultural. Also proud of its pastoral policy and extra-curricular activities which include choir, brass band, drama, debating, chess and photography. A refurbishment of the school’s buildings is now complete and includes excellent sporting facilities, plus the school has developed excellent outdoor activities such as orienteering, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bush walking, bush camping and cross-country and downhill skiing.
79 Balwyn Road, Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Tel: 03 9830 1388
Fax: 03 9888 5682
Girls, Independent, Non-denominational, Early Learning Centre to Year 12.
A small, caring school consistently ranked in the top 10 performing schools at VCE level. Good sports facility; a first class music building supports the music curriculum.
Firbank Grammar School
Brighton Campus Address (Girls only): 51 Outer Crescent, Brighton, Victoria 3186
Tel: 03 9591 5188
Fax: 03 9593 1158
Sandringham Campus Address (Co-ed Early Learning to Year 6): 45 Royal Avenue, Sandringham, Victoria 3191
Tel: 03 9533 5711
Fax: 03 9521 0365
Independent, Anglican, Early Learning to Year 12 (Day and Boarding).
Secondary subjects include all KLAs as well as courses in business management, drama, graphic communication, information technology, legal studies, political studies, life skills, theatre studies and visual arts. A new physical education centre has been complete including an 8-lane indoor heated pool, diving facilities, circuit room and multi-purpose gymnasium.
Geelong Grammar School
50 Biddlecombe Avenue, Corio, Victoria 3214
Private Australian boarding and day school covering four campuses. The teaching staff are of the highest calibre. Offers Kindergarten to Year 12; IB and an enormous number of academic subjects & sports, arts (14 music options, 44 sporting activities, 29 other clubs or activities etc). Campuses are in attractive settings. Unique opportunity in Year 9 to board at Timbertop and experience a challenging outdoor education. Has a number of famous old boys and girls including Rupert Murdoch, Helen Garner, Peter Carey, John Landy, Kerry Packer, and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch.
Talbot Street, Newtown, Victoria 3220
Tel: 03 5226 3111
Fax: 03 5221 1918
Co-ed, Independent, Anglican, Day and Boarding.
Students are provided with many educational sporting and artistic opportunities within a safe and attractive environment. Extensive facilities and educational experiences for boarders and day students.
Genazzano FCJ College
301 Cotham Road, Kew, Victoria 3101
Tel: 03 8862 1000
Fax: 03 8862 1133
Girls, Catholic, Prep to Year 12 (Boarding Years 9 - 12).
Founded in 1889 by the religious congregation Faithful Companions of Jesus, educates 1,000 girls. Both historic and modern buildings include VCE centre, new library, conference and extensive sporting facilities, including indoor swimming pool, gym, tennis and netball courts; off-campus boarding at Hopetoun Hall.
105 MacKenzie Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550
Tel: 03 5441 3114
Fax: 03 5442 3176
Co-ed, Christian, Prep to Year 12 (Day only).
Synonymous with schooling in country Victoria for over 120 years, Girton has sister student exchange school arrangements in Sydney, Japan, China, Ireland and France. The school is only minutes away from first-class sporting facilities in the city centre; Girton is committed to academic excellence, with emphasis on university entry for VCE students.
Hamilton and Alexandra College
PO Box 286, Hamilton, Victoria 3300
Tel: 03 5572 1355
Fax: 03 5572 4998
Co-ed, Uniting Church, Early Learning Centre to Year 12 (Boarding Years 6 - 12).
Established in 1871 in the Western Districts of Victoria, is proud of its consistent academic excellence. Offers rowing, horsemanship, cricket, tennis, football, swimming, basketball, hockey, golf, athletics, cross country running, netball, clay target shooting and equine studies - boarders being encouraged to bring their own horses (ample stabling; equestrian centre provides an all-weather arena; cross-country course). Other co-curricular activities include aviation studies, wool classing, basic engineering and electronics.
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
123 Marshall Street, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079
Tel: 03 9490 6222
Fax: 03 9490 6200
Girls, Independent, Anglican, Early Learning Centre to Year 12.
Operating for over 100 years, offers diverse curriculum that encourages a love of learning and knowledge, where girls gain confidence in areas as diverse as music and Chinese, maths, science and outdoor education.
Ivanhoe Grammar School
PO Box 91, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079
Tel: 03 9490 1877
Fax: 03 9497 4060
Buckley House (Ivanhoe): Co-ed, Early Learning and Primary
The Ridgeway Secondary Campus (Ivanhoe): Co-ed, Years 7 to 12 (VCE & IB)
Plenty Campus (Mernda): Co-ed, Prep to Year 12
Ivanhoe campus is situated in parkland setting of suburban Melbourne, while the Plenty Campus is situated in a semi-rural setting 25 km out of the city. Co-curricular activities involve music in all forms and 25 different sporting activities; public speaking, debating, chess, cadets, creative writing and international student exchange are also included.
Korowa Anglican Girls’ School
Ranfurlie Crescent, Glen Iris, Victoria 3146
Tel: 03 9885 0336
Fax: 03 9885 8378
Girls, Independent, Prep to Year 12 (Co-ed in the Early Learning Centre for 3 and 4 year olds).
Over a century old, it has embraced technological change with an innovative and balanced curriculum; leadership opportunities for all girls at all levels through the Girls’ Representative Council, house and school activities; open entry policy welcomes all girls.
Lauriston Girls School
38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale, Victoria 3143
Tel: 03 9864 7555
Fax: 9822 7950
Girls, Independent, Non-denominational.
A school for life which values relationships, courage, creative reflection, intellectual enquiry and engagement in life. Year 9 students spend a residential year at the magnificent outdoor Howqua campus. An extensive range of co-curricular activities is offered such as community service, debating, photography, horse riding, diving, water polo and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Loreto Mandeville Hall – Toorak
10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak, Victoria 3142
Tel: 03 9823 8100
Fax: 03 9823 8120
Girls, Independent, Catholic, Prep to Year 12.
One of seven Loreto Schools in Australia, it boasts a comprehensive and challenging curriculum; religious education with students participating in a community service program that aims to develop their awareness of social issues; a mentor program is designed to introduce students of exceptional talent to adult practitioners in the workplace and develop an ongoing relationship.
Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
Leslie Road, Essendon, Victoria 3040
Tel: 03 9337 5011
Fax: 03 9331 1247
Girls, Independent, Anglican, Kindergarten to Year 12.
The academic program, co-curricular activities, Christian ethos and family atmosphere rank highly at Lowther Hall, an historic mansion set in a beautiful garden setting and surrounded by modern facilities.
Melbourne Grammar School
355 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Tel: 03 9865 7555
Fax: 03 9865 7577
Anglican, Prep to Year 12, Co-ed: Prep to Year 6; Boys, Boarding: Years 7 to 12.
Located on two campuses - South Yarra (secondary) and Caulfield (primary). Grimwade House (Prep to Year 6) is situated in the historic “Harleston” homestead is a happy, nurturing environment for both boys and girls. The middle school, Wadhurst (Years 7 and 8) is situated in the grounds of the main school in South Yarra. Facilities at each campus include a library, hall, physical education centre, music school, chapel, computer laboratories, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and playing fields – one being the Edwin Flack complex.
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School
213 Wonga Road, Warranwood, Victoria 3134
Tel: 03 9876 2633
Fax: 03 9879 0820
Co-ed, Independent, Kindergarten to Year 12.
Founded in 1971, set on 9 hectares of undulating land; teachers in a Steiner school seek to recognise the unique individuality of every child, and through the curriculum, develop clarity of thought, sensitivity of feeling and strength. There is no principal - the school is run by the college of Teachers. The method of education seeks art and science as two pathways to truth, bringing fullness and nourishment to people who pursue them. Students complete VCE.
Methodist Ladies’ College
207 Barkers Road, Kew, Victoria 3101
Tel: 03 9274 6333
Fax: 03 9819 5143
Girls, Independent, Uniting Church, Kindergarten to Year 12 (Day and Boarding).
One of Australia’s most successful and innovative schools renowned for its pastoral care program and its huge range of subjects and co-curricular activities. Years 5 to 8 participate in an Education Outdoors program at MLC Banksia on the Gippsland Lakes; Year 9 students have an optional residential term at MLC Marshmead; first year University subjects are offered as well as the VCE, IB and VET subjects. More than 50 VCE subjects are offered.
PO Box 423, Hamilton, Victoria 3300
Tel: 03 5572 1244
Fax: 03 5571 1074
Web: not listed
Co-ed, Independent, Catholic, Years 7 to 12 (Day and Boarding).
Founded in 1954 by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart to offer a Catholic education in the Western Districts of Victoria. A performing arts centre, technology centre, visual arts studios including a graphics lab, an agriculture/horticulture complex and school farm with a streamside classroom add to facilities for learning. Religious retreats are held for senior students, the younger ones attending school camps.
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Keilor East Campus Address (Boys years 7 to 10; co-ed Years 11 and 12): Cnr. Rachelle Road and Keilor Road, Keilor East, Victoria 3033
Essendon Campus Address (Co-ed Kindergarten; boys Prep to Year 6): 59 Raleigh Street, Essendon, Victoria 3040
Moonee Ponds Campus Address (Girls Prep to year 10): 83 Park Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039
Tel: 03 9336 1855
Fax: 03 9336 3421
Web: not available
Co-ed, Independent, Uniting Church, Kindergarten to Year 12.
The School aims to foster a love and enthusiasm for learning. An academic tradition, complemented by creative, sports and outdoor education programs, fosters intellectual and social development. Students to year 9 and special interest groups attend the school camp at Lake Eildon.
Ruyton Girls School
12 Selbourne Road, Kew, Victoria 3101
Tel: 03 9819 2422
Fax: 9818 4790
Girls, Independent, Non-denominational, Kindergarten to Year 12.
Ruyton was established in Kew in 1878 by women who recognised the importance of providing girls with a range of opportunities. Ruyton offers 29 VCE studies including all of the 20 most common areas. Students also undertake university enhancement studies.
1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122
Tel: 03 9810 4321
Fax: 03 9810 4333
Boys, Independent, Presbyterian, Prep to Year 12 (Day and Boarding).
The oldest school in Victoria, founded in 1851. Since 1916 it has been housed at a 30 hectare site in Hawthorn on the banks of the Yarra River. The academic program is based on the major subject areas of language, humanities, maths and science.
Shelford Girls’ Grammar
3 Hood Crescent, Caulfield, Victoria 3161
Tel: 03 9524 7333
Fax: 03 9524 7444
Co-ed: Pre-Prep, Early Learning Centre and Day Care; Girls: Prep to Year 12.
30 VCE and a range of VET subjects and university enhancement subjects are available. The uniquely effect senior school Personal and Physical Development [PPD] program in vertical groups provides the students with opportunities to develop a range of life skills and personal resources.
St. Catherine’s School
17 Heyington Place, Toorak, Victoria 3142
Tel: 03 9822 1285
Fax: 03 9822 7595
Girls, Independent, Non-denominational, Prep to Year 12 (Day and Boarding).
The ELC is based on the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. The Junior School curriculum of english, humanities, maths, french and science is enriched by the arts, religious and physical education. In the Senior School the academic scope is expanded and languages include Japanese and French. Music, general excellence and academic scholarships are available.
St. Kevin’s College – Toorak
Glendalough Campus (Junior School): 75 Lansell Road, Toorak, Victoria 3142
Tel: 03 9827 9808
Heyington Campus (Senior School): Moonga Road, Toorak, Victoria 3142
Tel: 03 9822 0911
Fax: 03 9822 3147
Boys, Independent, Catholic, Prep to Year 12.
St. Kevin’s is committed to fostering the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and cultural development of the person, striving for excellence and developing gifts to the full. Their outdoor education campus situated at Silver Creek is the base for an extensive program in outdoor education for all students.
St. Leonard’s College
Brighton Campus Address (Early Learning Centre to Year 12): 163 South Road, Brighton East, Victoria 3187
Tel: 03 9592 2266
Fax: 03 9592 1134
Cornish Campus Address: 65 Riverend Road, Bangholme, Victoria 3197
Tel: 03 9773 1011
Fax: 03 9773 1726
Co-ed, Independent, Uniting Church, Early Learning Centre to Year 10 at Patterson River.
Offers authentic co-education and remains one of a handful of Victorian independent schools where there is an equal number of male and female students. The college’s outdoor environmental centre, Camp Ibis, is located on the Gippsland Lakes.
St. Michael’s Grammar School
25 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 03 8530 3310
Fax: 03 9510 9523
Co-ed, Independent, Anglican, Kindergarten to Year 12.
State of the art facilities and equipment, modern sports complex, design and technology centre. It has a range of 40 VCE subjects and 25 sporting options. The school has been recognised for its excellence in drama and music and has comprehensive outdoor programs.
Tintern Girls Grammar School
90 Alexandra Road, Ringwood East, Victoria 3135
Tel: 03 9845 7888
Fax: 03 9845 7715
Girls, Independent, Pre-Prep to Year 12 (Boarding Years 7 to 12).
Facilities are of the highest possible standards with information technology and science laboratories, library resources, visual arts studios, gymnasium and pool. 12 Music options, 21 sporting activities, 20 other clubs or activities.
Westbourne Grammar School
300 Sayers Road, Turuanina, Victoria 3029
Tel: 03 9731 9412
Fax: 03 9360 9102
Williamstown Campus: Prep to Year 3
Westbourne Campus: Kindergarten to Year 12, with an International Centre
The school has a spacious campus with extensive playing fields, comprehensive information technology resources, music school, chapel, auditorium, equestrian centre and gymnasium. Outdoor education is part of the core curriculum from Prep to Year 9 and is then available in elective subjects until Year 12.