Independent Schools Guide 2018: Choosing a school for your child

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In life, there are many choices parents make for their children from the time they are nothing but a “twinkle in the eye”, as my dear old grandfather used to say.

One of the most important decisions, and one that can cause a huge amount of stress for parents, is which school to choose for their children.

There are more than 9400 schools across Australia. Of these, more than 2700 are independent schools, each offering something unique for students’ academic and broader education.

And with so much to consider for their future generations, it’s no wonder mums, dads and extended families can find themselves in a pickle when it comes to making this decision.

Is religious or secular a better choice? What about a larger school? Or should it be a smaller, single campus with fewer students? Is a single-sex school a better way to go than coeducational? Or is it better to have a mix of boys and girls?

In this edition of The Weekly Review’s Independent Schools Guide, we’ll be looking to give parents and carers the information they need to make that decision a little easier.

After all, schools shape students in myriad ways. Through schools, educators are able to introduce young minds to new ideas, knowledge and life skills.

The school grounds are where students make lifelong friends and meet mentors who will influence them far beyond their formal years in education.

And then there’s the discovery of what a student is most passionate about in their studies and lives.

Whether that is something inside or outside the classroom – it can help them find their pathway to a happy life and a fulfilling career.

And really, what more could a parent want for their child?

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