Our girls start prep next year and at the moment we are trying to decide between public or private schooling. We have a choice of a very small public school (under 200 students) or a small private school (under 1000 students up to year 12). If we send the girls to a public school we would create a investment portfolio for them with the money we save in school fees. But it is most likely we will send them to the private high school. I was wondering what other parents think or consider when deciding on schools? Thanks


Posted anonymously, 11th February 2014


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  • Its an individual choice, weigh up the curriculum at the schools, teaching staff, school community, reputation and feedback from parents and children who attend the schools. Does your child know others who will attend the school. My husband went through the private system, myself, public. Our eldest child won scholarships to both and he chose the public school. The money saved on school fees has now been directed to his Uni education, a family first.



  • There is nothing wrong with public schools, a lot of my friends children went there and have very good jobs now.



  • I think looking into what the schools actually offer. What different activities and educational subjects do they offer to one another and what best suits the girls interests. Maybe compare them on that aspect rather then public versus private



  • I went to a public school but my husband went to the catholic school so that’s where our kids went as I do love there school I just think the public schools have more funding for kids who are falling behind , so if. Could choose again I would send my kids to the public.



  • I went to public and I turned out ok lol, my 1st daughter is in public and when the twins are older they will go to public.



  • private schools have more to offer and public schools are cheaper. In the end they still learn the same things.



  • I went to both, and I would never, ever subject my child to the sheer torment and hell I went through at a private school.



  • I am personally an advocate for public schools. Whether a child succeeds depends largely upon the child, not tge schools.



  • I think it depends on the reasons for sending your child private or public. I believe that both offer great education and resources, but I personally will be choosing a private school because I want my daughter to grow up catholic and following all the sacraments. I hope financially I am able to send her catholic but if not public also is a great choice :)



  • I am a teacher who believes whole heartedly in public education. However, I recently read some research that found that the type of school made no difference whatsoever on educational outcomes and it all came down to parental involvement. More involvement better outcomes. sounds like you’re already on the right track.



  • Personally, I’d pick the public. I’ve been to both and the public was streets ahead as far as giving you a variety of opinions, experiences, views etc. Private school had their own philosophy and unfortunately weren’t very tolerant of other peoples opinions if it didn’t match theirs. You are fortunate in that you have a choice. If one doesn’t work, you can use the other…



  • If money is no option then the difference is purely in the schools themselves. By the sounds of it you would be spending the money one way or another by either using it for school fees or putting it towards their future.

    What money can’t buy is the atmosphere of the school. Go for a tour, have a look around, see how the current children act in the school and see which environment you prefer for your children. Is one school more strict than the other? Do the kids seem to enjoy their time at school or are they just going through the motions? Do the staff seem friendly and approachable? you want to choose a school that you think your children will enjoy. If the kids are happy then they will excel and money has nothing to do with that



  • It all comes down to cost, they are both the same to me at primary but I know of a lot of people that went public for primary and spent the money at secondary.



  • For us its about location and cost. We have only Public Schools around us.



  • One thing to consider if you send your children to public schools, you will have the funds to be able to get them private tutoring down the track if they need it. I guess the best thing you could do is tour the schools in your area, check their resources, culture and NAPLAN scores, and figure out which school/s would suit your children best.


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