When the time comes to send your little one off to school, there’s a lot to think about. After all, you want to give your child a well-rounded education in a welcoming learning environment – but it can be tricky to know which school is the right fit.
To help make the decision a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best primary schools in Melbourne throughout the city and the suburbs.
Haileybury College is the largest school in the country, with 4000 enrolments across its main Melbourne CBD campus and five other campuses in Keysborough, Brighton, Berwick and Beijing (China). Haileybury’s excellent reputation stems from its highly successful co-educational model, small class sizes and focus on individual attention.
Haileybury’s philosophy is that every student matters every day, and every stage of schooling is equally important. The success of this approach is evident in the school’s academic record, as it consistently ranks amongst the top private schools in Melbourne and the country.
FCS aims for three outcomes in terms of its students and graduates: “happiness, viability and academic excellence”. As a reputable alternative primary school, FCS places an emphasis on individual learning, providing an environment where children are keen to learn and look forward to coming to school.
This approach extends to its enrolment size – with student numbers often under 100, it’s less a school and more an extended family where every student is valued.
Doncaster Gardens Primary School operates on the belief that the most successful teaching and learning occurs in a secure, harmonious, stimulating and challenging environment. Their mission is to provide engaging programs that promote curiosity, creativity and inquiry. Part of that approach includes providing a technology-led environment to inspire the thinkers of tomorrow.
The school’s purpose-designed STEAM Centre is a creative hub with a fully equipped art room, ICT centre and “makerspace”. This includes all the essentials to encourage learning and provide students with access to powerful tools including a clay kiln, woodworking equipment, robotics, computers and 3D printers.
As a Catholic school, St Joseph’s in Elsternwick is guided by and strive to live according to the gospel values of religious education, infusing it throughout the school in every aspect. Academic achievement is also high thanks to a curriculum that supports, challenges and engages the students by delivering a high standard of learning and teaching.
In 2016, St Joseph’s School won the Resource Smart Award for sustainability and has maintained its Resource Smart registration ever since. The school also holds a three-star rating by Sustainability Victoria, as a result of its energy-saving initiatives.
Consistently ranked as one of the top-performing schools in Melbourne, Burwood East Primary School is a public school that holds its own against some of the most expensive independent and private schools in Melbourne.
At just 175 students, this small school emphasises the importance of community, with students encouraged to take part in collaborative activities like growing fruits and vegetables in the garden alongside their regular curriculum. But it’s not all fun and games: the school has high expectations for all students and encourages a commitment to hard work.