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5 best boarding schools in Australia. Cost and requirements

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Australia is a popular destination for one of the best educations in the world. This safe, friendly, open country with a high standard of living has a developed infrastructure for the successful learning and integration of foreign students. Boarding schools in Australia offer high-quality preparation for admission to English-speaking colleges and universities, the development of the intellectual, creative, sports and personal potential of each student. Studying in schools in Australia, students receive academic knowledge, a lot of useful information and unforgettable impressions. Educational institutions included in the top boarding schools in Australia provide the best conditions for studying for schoolchildren from different countries with any primary level. Prestigious boarding houses of the country guarantee excellent education, provide a reliable basis for further successful education: graduates of secondary schools in terms of training can compete with peers from the USA and EU countries.

Features of secondary education in Australia

The school system here is strictly controlled by the authorities: 70% of educational institutions are state-owned, so if the goal is to find the best boarding schools in Australia for children and schoolchildren, you will need to search among 30% of private institutions. Australian public schools generally cannot offer boarding school education at all, only afternoon classes. As far as private ones are concerned, many of them work as boarding schools. 

In Australia, today, there are about 10,000 institutions of secondary education, and private boarding schools are recognized as more prestigious, elite. The quality of teaching, basic principles and programs are equally high with the state. schools level, and the distinctive advantages are an individual approach to each student and a powerful material base of classes. When wondering which Australian school is best for a child, there are 2 factors to consider: the gender policy of the institution and the language issue. Based on gender, boarding schools in Australia are divided into 3 types:

  • co-educational;
  • for girls;
  • for boys.

Regarding the language issue: when entering a private private school, IELTS (minimum 5) or TOEFL (minimum 500) certificates will be required. Some guest houses have special language courses where you can improve your English before the start of studying. If you don’t have time to attend preparatory language lessons, do not worry: this will not be an obstacle to learning here. For foreign students, weekly (twice or thrice, depending on the level of knowledge) during the first academic semester, additional English lessons are held. If you decide to attend a specialized language summer school, you should expect costs from 3500AUD to 13500AUD depending on the duration, living conditions and meals. 

School system in Australia

Studies start at the end of January, and the school year ends in December. The entire studying process is divided into quarters lasting 12 weeks each. Boarding schools can provide the whole cycle of secondary education:

Type of secondary education

Students ag


Stage Completion Document


6-12 years old

Primary school


Junior High

12-16 years old

Junior Secondary


Senior secondary

16-17 years old

Senior secondary

High School Diploma

Specialized secondary

16-18 years old

Diploma / Advanced Diploma

Certificate or Higher Diploma

At the same time, there are such boarding schools as St. Hildas School Gold Coast where you can start studying only from the junior secondary level at the age of 14.

The main groups of subjects that are studied in TOP boarding schools:

  • natural sciences;
  • exact disciplines;
  • public items;
  • foreign languages.

After moving to high school at the age of 16, the students themselves can influence the choice of subjects they study - their schedule will now depend on the university specialty that they dream to learn in the future. In the framework of secondary specialized education, the number of sciences studied is reduced and only those that are actually needed by future applicants remain. Classes in closed boarding schools in Australia allow to relax and play sports. Physical activity is encouraged at the national level, so on campus students can engage in:

  • swimming
  • football
  • athletics;
  • tennis
  • cricket;
  • windsurfing.

In addition to sports perseverance and academic education, Australian elite boarding schools develop team spirit, community, mutual support and appreciate the creative manifestations of each pupil, therefore the structure of boarding houses often includes drama clubs, oratory workshops, chess clubs and dance studios. Understanding how important it is to have an active citizenship in order to successfully build an adult life, rating closed educational institutions support the existence of student self-government bodies that lobby for the interests of students in the school board of directors and are actively involved in organizing all the celebrations and holidays on the school grounds.

Rankings and tuition fees at popular Australian boarding schools

The level of knowledge provided by the best boarding schools in Australia for is very high. In prestigious boarding schools, you can choose one of two programs for mastering knowledge:

Giving preference to the second option and receiving a diploma of international standard IB, an applicant can be sure that he will become a student of any prestigious English-speaking university in the world. By the way, higher education in Australia itself is also rated: 150,000 students from different parts of the Earth annually choose this state as the birthplace of their future alma mother.

The cost of one year of study at a boarding school is from 20,000 AUD to 35,000 AUD and depends on the prestige of the boarding school and its infrastructure. You can specify the prices free of charge from our consultant, so write to us right now and you will immediately receive detailed information regarding boarding schools in Australia.

4 best boarding schools in Australia 2024 rankings

1 Canterbury College
2 Southport School
3 St Hildas School Gold Coast
4 All Saints School


Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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