If you’re getting ready to send the kids off to school, there’s a lot to consider. Should you choose a public or private school? What are the academic results like? Does the school have a good reputation?
Making sure you’re living in the right catchment zone is a good starting point for choosing a school that meets your criteria. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the top suburbs in Sydney for primary schools and high schools.
Best Inner-Sydney suburbs for schools
Located approximately 6km west of Sydney’s CBD, the neighbouring suburbs of Erskineville, Newtown and Camperdown are home to more than 20 schools, including leading specialist performing arts school Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. With such close proximity to the city, these areas offer good accessibility for working parents plus plenty of green spaces, parks and play areas for kids.
Since undergoing more than two decades of gentrification, Surry Hills in Sydney’s inner east is now a hotspot for middle and upper middle class families. The suburb is home to seven schools, including Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Boys High School – both academically selective public high schools that regularly rank as some of the top high schools in NSW for academic achievement.
Best North Sydney suburbs for schools
Located on the Lower North Shore of Sydney 9km north-west of the CBD, leafy Lane Cove is a popular suburb for young families, with three government schools, an independent primary school, a catholic primary school and a Jesuit high school for boys. Nearby Lane Cove National Park is an ideal spot for families and school excursions, and the suburb is also home to an aquatic centre and four sports fields.
Wahroonga on Sydney’s Upper North Shore is known for its tree-lined streets and heritage architecture, and has 10 schools, including the prestigious Knox Grammar day and boarding school for boys and St Lucy’s School for children with disabilities. The suburb has plenty of family-friendly features, including a children’s playground, two tennis courts, a half basketball court and a large circular oval designed for football and cricket.
Best Sydney eastern suburbs for schools
Located 6km south-east of Sydney’s CBD, Randwick is a hub for public schools in particular, with seven government primary and high schools in the area. There are also a number of local catholic schools and private schools, as well as Emanuel School, a Jewish day school. Randwick’s proximity to the ‘Sports Coast’ – 29km of coastline, 10 beaches and bays and many recreation facilities – makes it an ideal spot for families, and housing tends to be more affordable than neighbouring suburbs like Bondi and Woollahra.
Families flock to leafy Waverley, which is located 7km east of the Sydney CBD and has six local schools, including St Charles Primary School and St Catherine’s combined K-12 school. Living in Waverley gives you easy access to first class healthcare at Sydney Children's Hospital, and spacious Centennial Parklands is right at your doorstep.
Best Western Sydney suburbs for schools
Sydney’s Greater Parramatta area has seen a lot of investment in transport infrastructure and cultural activities in recent years, making it a fast-growing hub for families. Despite being 20km west of the CBD, transport from Parramatta to the city takes just over half an hour, making it an appealing spot for working parents. The area is home to several primary and secondary schools, including some of Sydney’s oldest schools like Arthur Phillip High School (est. 1875) and Parramatta High School, Sydney’s first co-educational school.
With a median house price of $702,575, Rooty Hill in Sydney’s Western Suburbs offers plenty of potential for families looking for affordable housing options. The area is well connected via the local train station and has lots of green space, recreation facilities, shopping centres and medical facilities nearby. Four schools are located within Rooty Hill itself and there are also numerous primary and secondary schools in nearby Doonside and Mount Druitt.
Best Southern Sydney suburbs for schools
Located about 30km south of the city, Cronulla is home to more than half a dozen public and catholic schools. With a series of beautiful beaches nearby and the Royal National Park on its doorstep, Cronulla is an ideal hub for family activities, and is more affordable for housing than many other coastal suburbs closer to the city.
With more than a dozen local schools, Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west has no shortage of educational options for families. The suburb is considered as one of the most multicultural areas in the country with over 60 different languages spoken, making it great for families of all backgrounds. Bankstown also has a number of outdoor areas well suited to kids, including McLeod Reserve, Bankstown Oval, Paul Keating Park and Bankstown City Gardens.
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