About Independent Schools
Independent schools enable families to select schools that best serve their child’s needs and enable families to choose a school that best promotes the values they believe are important.
At a glance
Independent schools make a significant contribution to education in Queensland. All students deserve government investment in their future, no matter which school they attend.
Diversity in independent schools
Independent schools are therefore a diverse group of schools and include:
- non-denominational schools
- faith-based schools such as Anglican, Baptist, Islamic, Jewish and Lutheran
- schools following a philosophy such as Montessori and Steiner schools
- schools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- schools supporting students with disability
- special assistance schools for students at risk
- schools with programs for gifted and talented students; schools that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
- schools that cater for international students
- schools that offer vocational education and training (VET)
- schools that offer an area of focus in addition to the Australian Curriculum.
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Independent school parents value school choice
In Queensland, independent schools are a vital part of the school system, providing quality educational services to around 15 percent of the state's total primary school enrolments and close to 20 percent of the state’s secondary school enrolments.
The independent sector provides parents from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds a choice of school based on their values, community and culture. The greater choice parents have, the better they will be able to select a school that suits their children’s needs.
Independent schools share common characteristics. They are strongly committed to:
- providing a well-grounded general education
- fostering students’ moral and spiritual development
- providing students with pastoral care
- promoting discipline
- catering to the needs, aptitudes and interests of the individual student
- developing strong home-school partnerships
- achieving the best possible education outcomes for all.
Independent schools have been serving communities throughout Queensland for more than 150 years.
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Latest News & Events
ISQ Briefings - July 2019
23 July 2019 - Executive Director David Robertson looks at the intent and relevance of a declaration (such as the Melbourne Declaration) for schooling, while Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead and Design & Creative Sarah Heath examine design thinking as a solution to the 'wicked problem' of school education.Read more
Unlocking Student Potential and Building Brighter Futures at Special Assistance Schools
21 June 2019 - Community demand for schools dedicated to the education of disengaged and at-risk young people is driving ongoing growth in these specialist services in Queensland’s independent schooling sector.Read more