The Best Private Schools In and Around Adelaide

Selecting the right school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will make as a parent. Your child’s school will shape their learning and social experiences, and can even determine their overall wellbeing. As every child has different academic and personal needs, it’s important to find a school that will set them up for success. If you’re based in Adelaide then these are some of the best private schools that your child can attend.

Pembroke School

Pembroke School provides is a private co-educational school in the Adelaide suburb of Kensington Park. Serving students from pre-kindergarten all the way through to Year 12, the non-denominational school is renowned for its broad and inclusive curriculum. Offering both International Baccalaureate and South Australian Certificate of Education pathways for Year 12’s, students have the opportunity to be involved in a high-performance sporting pathway, international language immersion trips, Aboriginal school exchanges and outdoor education treks around Australia and overseas.

Walford Anglican School for Girls

Founded over 127 years ago, Walford Anglican School for Girls provides private education for girls from pre-kindergarten all the way through to Year 12. Known for consistently achieving high academic results, the school has strong guiding philosophies around student wellbeing, leadership and care. The girls have the opportunity to get involved in a diverse co-curricular program, involving overseas language exchanges, competitive sports, performing in a production and community service opportunities.

Prince Alfred College

Prince Alfred’s College has been one of Adelaide’s leading private boys schools since it’s founding in 1869. With an education philosophy that supports each boy’s individual learning journey, the school places emphasis on learning through discovery and doing. Along with a supportive pastoral care program, Prince Alfred College offers an extensive co-curricular activity schedule to encourage boys to learn new skills, embrace challenges, build connections and find their place in the world. With 9.8 hectares of spacious grounds, the main Kent Street campus provides education for boys from early learning through to Year 12.

Wilderness School

Founded in 1884, Wilderness School is Adelaide’s oldest private girls school. Providing education in a non-denominational Christian setting for girls in early years through to Year 12, Wilderness School provides an empowering space for girls to pursue their passions, critically think and develop a lifelong love of learning. With purpose-built science laboratories, comprehensive music facilities, theatre and award-winning learning commons complete with a school library, fireplace, Year 12 common room and multimedia and maker studio, students are provided with everything they need to succeed.

St Peter’s College

St Peter’s College is a highly renowned private Anglican boarding and day school for boys in Adelaide. Providing education from early learning through to Year 12 since 1847, the school places focus on the values of truth, respect and service. The school’s history of notable alumni include an impressive list of Nobel Laureates, Australian Premiers, and Rhodes Scholars. Set on 32 hectares of stunning grounds, students have access to state-of-the-art educational facilities, as well as seven ovals, a hockey pitch, 10 tennis courts and a sports centre with a swimming pool and full gymnasium. The school also offers a separate outdoor education campus just outside of Adelaide.

If you’re based outside of Adelaide then you may also be interested in our articles on the best private schools in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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