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High School Studies in Australia

General Information:Schooling in Australia starts with a kindergarten or preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school. In the final year of secondary school, Year 12, you can study for a government-endorsed certificate that is recognised by all Australian universities and vocational education and training institutions. This Senior Secondary Certificate of Education is also recognised by many international universities.

Australia has a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools provide subjects in the eight key learning areas: English, mathematics, studies of the society and the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English, technology, and personal development, health and physical education. Schools have English language programs for international students to support their studies.

At secondary school level, choice and diversity are increased as schools are able to offer a wide range of subjects, delivered by highly trained and experienced teachers, and using state-of-the-art technology including the Internet, multimedia equipment and laboratories.

The school year is divided into four terms and runs from late January/early February until December. There is a short holiday between terms and a long summer holiday in December and January.

Students attend school from Monday to Friday each week. School hours vary slightly across Australia but are generally from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm each school day.

Entry requirements - A level of English equivalent or superior to IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 197 or the Certificate of an English for High School Preparation programme. Students who don’t have a sufficient level of English will have to enrol in an English for High School Preparation course
- An accepted translation into English of all final results obtain in your country of origin of the previous school year
- Please note that Year 11 and 12 are part of an integrated programme and it is difficult or international students to enter year 12 without having completed year 11 in Australia. Please organise a free consultation with The Oak in order to discuss options available relevant to your specific circumstances.

Note: There are 24 government and non-government schools in Australia offering the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) Only schools officially approved by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) are authorised to offer the two-year pre-university curriculum for students aged between 16 and 19 years of age. Many students within and outside of Australia take the IB Diploma for admission to leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region. However, students considering a vocational career path should discuss their options with the school.

Whatever your circumstance The Oak offers a free no obligation consultation where the most appropriate course for your particular circumstance can be explored. Please contact us for further information.

Intake dates: Intake is generally at the end of January or early February each year.

Duration: One school year minimum (please see our Study Tour Section if you are interested in a shorter period of study)

Fees: Fees can range from AUD $10.000 (public high schools) to AU$ 17.000 (private high schools) + AU$1000 for uniforms (including summer, winter and sports uniforms). Please note this is a guide only as prices can change regularly. Please liaise with The Oak International Education & Training Services for an uptodate price estimate for your circumstance.



High Schools in Australia

Below is a list of Australian schools and high schools, sorted by state. For details on schools and the most appropriate institution for you please contact us to speak with an Education Consultant.

Sydney & New South Wales | Brisbane & Queensland | Melbourne & Victoria | Perth & Western Australia | Canberra & Australian Capital Territory | Hobart & Tasmania


Australian English Schools
Western Australia Northern Territory Queensland New South Wales South Australia Victoria Tasmania