The Best Private Schools In Sydney

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 Sydney then these are some of the best private schools that your child can attend.

Sydney Grammar School

Sydney Grammar School is a private secular school for boys. Founded in 1857, the school draws on the academic values of the Western European Enlightenment to provide students with a liberal education. With a reputation for academic success, boys have the opportunity to part in academic extension programs and co-curricular subjects beyond the classroom, including music, sport, debating and drama. The school also runs an innovative tutorial program, where boys are encouraged to discuss matters of local or global significance, ethical or moral concern, or general cultural interest in a regular tutorial period. This program sees the students involved with presentations, excursions to museums, art galleries and visits from distinguished scholars and guest speakers.

Abbotsleigh School

Since opening in 1885, Abbotsleigh School has provided holistic, Anglican education for girls between pre-kindergarten and Year 12. Located on Sydney’s North Shore in the suburb of Wahroonga, the private school has two campuses sprawled across 15 leafy hectares of grounds. While Abbotsleigh highly values academic achievement, the school also encourages innovation and creative pursuits so girls feel empowered to unleash their potential in and beyond the classroom. To foster academic excellence, the school provides a differentiated curriculum, challenging extension tasks, individualised programs, ability grouping and developmentally appropriate placement. The school also has its own environmental education precinct, which consists of more than half a hectare of land is treated as a unique outdoor classroom.

St Aloysius College

St Aloysius College is a private, Jesuit school for boys in Sydney. Since 1879, the school has been educating their students in the Catholic humanistic tradition inspired by the example of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, St Aloysius College encourages boys to follow their interests, develop their strengths, learn about the world and is established on sharing their privilege with others. Valuing curiosity and questioning, the academic curriculum is not just based on intellectual development but on the formation of the whole student, including character, socially just attitudes and a commitment to deeper religious values.

Meriden School

Located in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield, Meriden School is a private, Anglican school for girls. While underpinned by Christian values, the school is welcoming of girls from all religious faiths and cultural backgrounds. With a reputation for academic success, Meriden consistently ranks among the top schools in the Higher School Certificate, with students regularly featuring on the HSC All-Round Achievers’ List. Set on historic grounds, the school prides itself on creating an environment conducive to personal, intellectual and physical development of young women and offers purpose-built classrooms, tennis courts, a swimming pool, performing arts venues. Meriden graduates are regularly accepted into elite Australian and overseas universities, including Harvard, Cambridge and Seoul National University.

Reddam House

Reddam House is a co-educational and non-denominational private school in Sydney. Providing education for students between the ages of one and 18, the school is a member of the leading global premium schools group, Inspired, which operates across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin American. Using Inspired’s fresh and contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curriculum, the school favours the strengths of the individual learner. Valuing respect, relationships and responsibility, the Reddam House co-educational system provides students with the space to develop healthy and respectful relationships with each other.

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

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