International Schools in Australia

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Australia with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Australia. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French, Japanese or German education system.

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student Australia (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff). There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Australia has a generally high standard of education. High numbers of international migrants and expats living in the large cities of Australia means there are many quality private and international schools. Some schools provide boarding primarily for Southeast Asian students. Others offer bilingual instruction in French, German, and Japanese. The International Baccalaureate program is commonly offered.


The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.

Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales and Association of Australasian IB Schools (AAIBS) are prominent affiliations in Australia. Western Association of Schools and Colleges of the United States of America (WASC) is an official academic body responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin.


Australian International Academy - Sydney Campus (AIA - NSW)
Address: 420 Liverpool Road
Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia
Tel: 61 2 9642 0104
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Academy is a Muslim based school with classes for Kindergarten to Year 12 college prepatory school. There are four campuses (Sydney, 2 Melbourne, Abu Dhabi). All campuses are IB world schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), and is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), in addition to the NSW educational curriculum.

St. Paul's Grammar School
Address: 52 Taylor Road
Cranebrook NSW 2749 Australia
Tel: 61 2 4777 4888
Tuition Rates: International students $20,552 Australian per year; $7,512 - 12,738 Australian per year kindergarten to Sr. School

The school offers the New South Wales Board of Studies courses from Kindergarten to Year 12. The major certifications are the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate awarded to students graduating from Year 10 and 12 respectively. The school has more students studying Mandarin Chinese than any other school in Australia. It is a compulsory subject from Kindergarten to Year 7 and an optional language course from Year 8 to Year 12. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is taught in conjunction with the Board of Studies curriculum to 550 students from pre-Kindergarten to Year 6. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is taught in conjunction with the Board of Studies curriculum to 500 students from Year 7 to Year 10. In Year 11 and 12, students who do not study the HSC may study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. With over 60 students (half the senior school) completing the Diploma in each year, the school has the largest Diploma Programme offering in NSW and one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region. Affiliated with AHISA, ISA, and HICES.

International Grammar School (IGS)
Address: 4-8 Kelly Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
Tel: 61 2 9219 6700
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

IGS is a co-educational secular school offering preschool, primary and high school courses. There is a bilingual partial immersion language program for all students from preschool to the end of primary, and a strong high school languages program up to Higher School Certificate. Languages include French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish.

SCECGS Redlands
Address: 272 Military Road
Cremorne NSW 2090 Australia
Tel: (61 2) 9909 3133
Tuition Rates: $18,000 - 26,740 Australian per year

Redlands was originally a "College for Girls" until 1978. It is one of the oldest independent schools in Sydney and is a Church of England, non-selective institution educating pupils from pre-prep through to 18.

Queenwood School for Girls
Address: 47 Mandolong Road
Mosman NSW, 2088 Australia
Tel: 61 2 89687777
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Queenwood is a non-denominational School for Girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 offering Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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German School in Sydney

German International School of Sydney
Address: 33 Myoora Road Terrey Hills
NSW 2084 Australia
Tel: (02) 9485 1900
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The German International School Sydney was founded in 1989. The school is an accredited German School Abroad and part of a network of 117 German Schools Abroad in more than 60 countries. Students with no prior German language skills can enroll in Preschool, Primary School, our English Stream starting in Year 7 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) commencing in Year 11. IB is taught in English or bi-lingually by choosing up to 3 subjects in German and 3 further subjects in English. French is also offered as a foreign language course to students from Year 6. The school follows the German school year calendar. This means that each school year will begin in July/August. The English stream however follows the Australian school year beginning at the end of January. German language skills are not a prerequisite for enrollment in our school, if students enroll in Preschool or Kindergarten, Primary School or in Year 7 or 11 of our High School program.

Japanese School in Sydney

Sydney Japanese School (SJS)
Address: 112 Booralie Road, Terrey Hills
NSW 2084, Australia
Tel: (02) 9450 1833 / 9450 1192
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This school has two streams of education: a Japanese Section using the Japanese government curriculum, and an International Section studying the NSW Board of Studies curriculum. The school is open to all students regardless of their race, religion or nationality. Bilingual learning is an essential part of the curriculum at SJS. Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 studying in the International Division follow the NSW Department of Education Board of Studies curriculum enriched by daily Japanese language lessons. Three subjects - Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts – are taught as Japanese-International mixed classes. All students at SJS are expected to learn about other cultures and have a thorough grounding in Australian and Japanese traditions.


Australian International Academy - Melbourne Senior Campus (AIA - MSC)
Address: 56 Bakers Rd
North Coburg, 3058 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Australia
Tel: 61 03 9354 4731

Australian International Academy - King Khalid Primary Campus (AIA - KKPC)
Address: 653 Sydney Road,
Coburg, Victoria, Melbourne 3058 Australia
Tel: 61 (03) 9355 8768
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Academy is a Muslim based school with classes for Kindergarten to Year 12 college preparatory school. There are four campuses (2 Melbourne, Sydney, Abu Dhabi). All campuses are IB world schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), and is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), in addition to the NSW educational curriculum.

The Kilmore International School (TKIS)
Address: 40 White St
Kilmore, Victoria, 3764 Australia
Tel: 61- 3-57822211
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Kilmore International School was established in 1989 as an independent, non–denominational and co-educational boarding and day school for academically motivated students. Classes are offered from Years 5 to 12 with boarding available from Year 7 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) offered.

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Address: 349 Barkers Road
Kew 3101 Australia
Tel: 61 3 9816 1242
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A Christain Co-Educational International School, courses are available from 3-year-old kindergarten to Year 12. Founded in 1923 with the support of the Baptist Union of Victoria, it was initially a boys's school. Girls were enrolled for the first time in 1979. Classes in music and sports are offered.

Geelong Grammar School - Toorak Campus
Address: 14 Douglas Street, Toorak
Victoria, Australia, 3142
Tel: 61 3 9829 1444
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of 5 campuses, offer classes from Early Learning Centres to Year 12. This campus offers the IB.

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International School of Western Australia (ISWA)
Address: 22 Kalinda Drive
City Beach 6015, Western Australia
Tel: 61 (8) 9285 1144
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

ISWA is accredited to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The school is also accredited with the (WASC) and is registered with the College Board (USA) to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses to our older students - the only school in Australia to do so.


Glenunga International High School
Address: 99 L'Estrange Street
Glenunga 5064 Australia
Tel: 618 83795629
Tuition Rates: $630 Australian per year

This school caters to 8 - 13 year old students in an Australian based curriculum. The school offers IBMYP & IB Diploma.

Glenunga International High School (GIHS)
Address: 99 L'Estrange Street
Glenunga SA 5064, Australia
Tel: (08) 8379 5629
Tuition Rates: $690 Australian per year for local residents; $10,000 Australian annually for overseas students

Pupils enter the school in year eight and are offered a localized version of the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years programme. In years nine and 10, pupils select a pathway of specialisation, focusing either on academic arts courses, academic science, or vocational. In the senior school, they have the choice of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or the local South Australian Certificate of Education.


Kooralbyn International School (TKIS)
Address: Ogilvie Place
Kooralbyn, QLD 4285, Australia
Tel: 61 7 5544 5500
Tuition Rates: $650 - 3,276 Australian per year

Officially known as Kooralbyn International School, it is also known as Kooralbyn College. Classes are from early prep to grade 12. The school offers boarding and college prep. There is also a developed program of athletics and arts.


Kardinia International College
Address: P.O Box 17
Geelong 3220 Victoria Australia
Tel: 61 3 5278 9999
Tuition Rates: $1,970 - 10,075 Australian per term

An independent school encompasses an Early Learning Centre, Lower Primary Centre, Upper Primary Centre, and Senior School. The word Kardinia is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word which means sunrise or new beginning. The school offers the IB.

Geelong Grammar School - Bostock House Campus
Address: 139 Noble Street, Newtown
Victoria, Australia, 3220
Tel: 61 3 5221 7760
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of 5 campuses, offers classes from Early Learning Centres to Year 12.

Geelong Grammar School - Middle School, Corio Campus
Address: 50 Biddlecombe Avenue, Corio
Victoria, Australia, 3214
Tel: 61 3 5273 9231
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of 5 campuses, classes from year 5 through 8. Day, Day Boarding, Weekly Boarding and Full Boarding students.

Geelong Grammar School - Timbertop campus
Address: Private Mail Bag, Mansfield
Victoria, Australia, 3722
Tel: 61 3 5733 6777
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of 5 campuses, Timbertop's mountain setting offers Year 9 classes. Full Boarding students.

Geelong Grammar School - Senior School, Corio Campus
Address: 50 Biddlecombe Avenue, Corio
Victoria, Australia, 3214
Tel: 61 3 5273 9200
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of 5 campuses, the senior school allows students to attend as full boarders, or day boarders. Senior School students have the choice of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for entry into tertiary study.


Kormilda College
Address: Lot 6057 Berrimah Road, Berrimah
Northern Territory 0828 Australia
Tel: 61 8 8922 1611
Tuition Rates: $5,705 - $6,525 Australian a year for day pupils; $21,410 - $22,802 Australian annually for boarders; Boarding fees for overseas students $34,205 - $35,600 Australian a year.

The school offers the IB Middle Years Programme, which covers years seven, eight and nine and fits in with the local Northern Territory Curriculum Framework. Pupils choose from either French or Indonesian as their language. The school is a Christian foundation and teaches religious and values education across the curriculum.


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Telopea Park School
Address: New South Wales Crescent
Barton ACT 2600 Australia
Tel: (02) 6205 5599
Tuition Rates: Approximately $250-350 Australian per year

The Telopea Park School offers education in French and in English. It provides bilingual education from kindergarten to Seconde (Year 10). The baccalauréat exams take place in Singapore.

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