Top Schools In Melbourne

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What makes a great school?

For some parents, it’s all about academic results. For others, the quality of the sporting facilities – (anyone for tennis?) – makes a huge difference. Then there are those who value a brilliant arts education and look for a commitment to theatre, music and visual art as the benchmark to judge a school by. Community is important - what is the school culture like? How does it feel?

The assessment is personal and getting the decision right for your child should take in a range of factors: everything from location, size of student population, to whether the school is single sex or co-ed.

To help you research Melbourne’s top schools, we’ve put together a list of some of the best schools in Melbourne.

Presbyterian Ladies' College

PLC achieves some of the finest results in Australia with their truly well-rounded education, enhanced by diverse and challenging co-curricular opportunities.

From the sporting field to the stage, from cutting-edge web design to community activities, students benefit from the PLC Experience, enhancing their potential and wellbeing and fostering integrity, resilience, compassion and a desire to make a difference.

Offering the complete Kinder to Year 12 journey, PLC offers both the VCE and IB and boasts a state-of-the-art Boarding School, Library and IT Centre, Science Wing, Year 7 Centre and Sporting grounds facility. 

Phone: 9808 5811   
Email: [email protected]
Address: 141 Burwood Highway, Burwood

Doncaster Gardens Primary School

Doncaster Gardens is a culturally diverse school with a focus on the family community and providing a learning experience that is facilitated by teachers and parents/carers alike.

Within that collaborative approach is an emphasis on teaching in a technology-rich environment for motivated, inquiring, imaginative and independent learners. The newly-redeveloped STEAM Centre comprises a fully equipped Art Room, ICT Centre and Makerspace. The STEAM Centre has all the essentials to stimulate learning and provide students with access to powerful tools including a clay kiln, woodworking equipment, robotics, computers and 3D printers. All classes are given access to the STEAM Centre on a weekly basis.

The Doncaster Gardens Primary School philosophy revolves around the belief that teaching and learning occur in a secure, harmonious, stimulating and challenging environment. Their mission is to provide high quality, engaging programs which promote curiosity, creativity and inquiry; and their vision is to facilitate the development of well-adjusted and unique citizens who will succeed in life and actively contribute to the betterment of the global community.

Phone: 9848 5282 
Email: [email protected]
Address: Sandhurst Avenue, Doncaster East

Haileybury College

One of the top private schools in Melbourne, and one of the largest, Haileybury College adopts a highly successful parallel education model and is acclaimed for its outstanding teachers, small class sizes, unmatched level of individual attention, outstanding academic results, strong international focus and 120+ year history. It's no wonder it is highly esteemed.

Haileybury embodies the philosophy of every student matters every day and that every stage of schooling is equally important. Haileybury strives to develop resilient, independent learners in an environment that is memorable and a joy for each child to attend. They nurture and care about the safety of our students and reward both excellence in outcomes and in effort. The School’s academic results consistently rank us amongst the top private schools in Melbourne and the country. 

In Melbourne, you can find campuses in Berwick, East Brighton, Keysborough, and the CBD - Melbourne's first early learning to Year 12 independent school campus in the city centre. Its modern vertical design has definitely turned some heads!

School Tours will take place at all campuses on the following Saturdays in 2020 between 9am and 12pm - 22nd February, 2nd May, 1st August and 10th October. Bookings are not required.

Phone: 9904 6008  
Email: [email protected]
Address: 383 King Street, West Melbourne

Fitzroy Community Primary School

A highly-sought-after independent, alternative school that always places in the top categories of Melbourne and Victorian school rankings, Fitzroy Community School is the little school that could.

With a small enrolment size (students often number fewer than 100), it resembles a large extended family. This is deliberate - everybody knows everybody, and the individual feels valued. It's not just another institution.

FCS has its own unique style of operation with a relaxed atmosphere and good academic outcomes at the same time. With the high individual focus, children are keen on learning and love coming to school. 

FCS aims for three outcomes in terms of its students and graduates: happiness, viability and academic excellence, as they feel these qualities offer the best chance of a happy, fulfilling and engaging life.

Phone: 9489 2356  
Email: [email protected]
Address: 597-599 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy 

Burwood East Primary School

It’s one of the state’s oldest schools in Victoria, and is a handy 15 kilometres from the CBD. Burwood East Primary School endeavours to support all students in a safe, educational environment, and guide students to be independent learners who participate and contribute to the world.

There are lots of good things about this school community. They have a commitment to growing fruits and vegetables and getting student gardeners in to look after things -  a smart move to get children involved in producing and cooking food that’s good for them. The eggs that are collected from the school’s own chickens and then sold to other members of the local community to teach students about business.

They are also passionate about digital technology. visual and performing arts, and teaching Mandarin as a second language.

Phone: 03 9802 8618 
Email: [email protected]
Address: Corner Blackburn and Highbury Roads, Burwood East

St Joseph's School

This warm, community-focused school provides an inclusive and vibrant learning environment for its students. As a Catholic school, St Joseph's School is guided by the Primary Religious Education Curriculum Framework and strive to live according to these values, infusing it in every aspect throughout the school.

A reasonably small school (enrolments stand at around 350 students), St Joseph's Elsternwick aims to provide a curriculum that supports, challenges and engages the students by delivering a high standard of learning and teaching.

In 2016, the school won the Resource Smart Award and has maintained its Resource Smart registration ever since. They were recently awarded a third star by Sustainability Victoria, as a result of reaching all energy targets.

Academically, the students and school continue to achieve above like schools, and educational endeavour and achievement is strong. 

Phone: 9528 1614  
Email: [email protected]
Address: 28 Sandham St, Elsternwick

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