Education and Schools in Brisbane

Most children in Brisbane attend one of the many free public schools, while others are sent to a fee-paying private school, many of which are run by the Catholic or Anglican churches. 

Expat families moving to Brisbane will find that international schooling options are limited. English is generally the medium of instruction in both Australian public and private schools in Brisbane. So children whose first language is not English might find the transition into the Australian education system difficult.

The only real option parents will have when it comes to an international education in Queensland will be the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. There are a few private schools in Queensland that offer this as an option to their students.

There are also some government schools in the state of Queensland offering language immersion programmes, where at least 50 percent of the curriculum is completed in a non-English language. There are various schools, for example, offering French, German, Japanese and Chinese immersion programmes.

Expat parents moving to Brisbane should also make themselves familiar with Education Queensland International (EQI) programme for primary schools. The EQI programme provides extra support for international students, particularly those that come from non-English-speaking backgrounds. 

Schools in Brisbane

Indooroopilly State High School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Australian National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate
Ages: 12 to 18  

Mountain Creek State High School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Australian National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate
Ages: 12 to 18

St Paul’s School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18  

St Peter’s Lutheran College

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Australian National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

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