School Education (preps to High school)
School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:
- Primary school– Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
- Secondary school– Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
- Senior secondary school– Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.
Enrolling as an international student in an Australian high school is a great experience to be a part of. It gives you the time to learn and adapt to the language and culture, especially if you want to continue into tertiary education.
There is a broad offer of schools offering international programs. You should select a school that fits into your academic plan, so you can enrol into classes you will surely enjoy. Take your time to do some research on the schools you are interested in. compare their extracurricular activities, area and levels.
English courses are sometimes offered as a package, or you could complete one at any of the many available colleges in Australia. A good level of English will help you make the most out of your program.
If you are underage and have relatives in Australia, you may choose to live with them as long as they are 15 years of age or older. If that is not your case, Homestay is always a popular option for students. You would be living with a local family, which will help you with your language proficiency and to adapt to the culture.