Private School Melbourne

Top 10 Best Private Schools In Melbourne (Affordable Options)

Look for a private school in Melbourne for your child? 

When you are planning for your child’s education, you probably want everything to be just perfect. One of the best ways to make sure that it all turns out the way you dreamed is to select the right school for them. This way you can be confident that they will have a better education resulting in a better future. 

The concept of an ideal school varies from parent-to-parent. While all look for a good education, some put more focus on advanced facilities, some are very much concerned with low fees, and some will look for sports or arts activities. Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital is well known for its food, cosmopolitan lifestyle – and its excellent schools and universities.

Schools in Melbourne follow the Australian education system and education is provided in three levels – primary, secondary and tertiary levels. 

Choosing the right school for your kid is quite a time-consuming task. So to make this a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled the Top 10 Best Private Schools in Melbourne (that don't cost an arm and a leg).

Make an informed choice knowing that your child is going to one of the best private schools in Melbourne.

The ranking of schools expressed in this article are author’s research-based information and is not an objective ranking.

Table of Contents

Here is the list of Top 10 Most Popular and Most Affordable Private School in Melbourne

St. Kelvin’s College Toorak Private School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range Prep to Year 12
Main Gender  Girls Only 
Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 1450
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:

Faith & Mission

Edmund Rice was a victualler. You don’t hear the word much these days. It means that he sold supplies to ships getting ready to leave the port of Waterford on long voyages to heaven knows where. Victuals are things you eat: Edmund’s specialty was supplying food to ships, a career which brought to the waterside lessons he’d learnt in his rural upbringing.

The image of supplying ships is a good one to describe a lot of what we try to do at St Kevin’s and especially for understanding the work of the ministry team. We’d like our boys to take on board the right kind of supplies to feed them on the long and unpredictable voyage of life. This makes for an inventory of things you can’t buy in shops: compassion, humility, honesty, prayerfulness, hope and a deep commitment to the liberation of the whole human family. These qualities are victuals: they nourish and sustain us at the deepest level. They are all signs of God’s presence.

One way of looking at Edmund Rice Education is to think of it as something which grows in many directions but which has four touchstones. They are:

Everyone is welcome to Mass on Friday at 8.10am (during the term) in the Chapel of St Kevin.

Often one of our senior students presents a reflection which expresses something profound from within the Edmund Rice tradition. Here is an example:

Late last year, the father of a close friend of mine lost his battle with cancer. Her mum was left in a very tough situation to raise four kids by herself, two of them below the age of three. As things got tough for my friend and her family, the local parish came together to help lift them out of their difficult situation. Money was raised through a fete and everybody helped out around their house, looking after the two young boys, cooking meals and even taking the kids out for the day to give the mother some much needed time alone. All this gave the family a strong sense of belonging within the community, letting them know they were not alone at all. This is the message of the Gospel. We are not alone. 

Religion and faith in general are seen by some as archaic today, something that does not belong in this era of science and discovery. People need to prove things, testing, collating and forming logical conclusions before they can invest in faith; however, knowing something exists is not the same as believing. Trying to prove the existence of God is like trying to prove the existence of love, we cannot see tangible proof of these concepts, yet we see evidence of their existence by the tracks they leave behind, like the footprints of a bird in wet sand. We struggle to come up with the answers for the hard questions of life: What is the purpose of life? Does God exist? Is there an afterlife? But at the end of the day, with our questions still unanswered, we still have faith, we still believe. This is the beauty of religion. Not a belief without proof, but a trust without reservation. As Jesus stated in John’s Gospel: ‘blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’  


2020 Tuition Fees

Year Per Student
Preparatory - Year 4 $17,470
Years 5 - 12 $20,050
Subject Levy Prep - Year 12 $990

Family discounts on Tuition Fees apply:

  • 5% for each of two brothers (when attending the College at the same time)
  • 20% for all of three or more brothers (when attending the College at the same time)

For students entering the College for the first time after the beginning of a Semester, Tuition Fees and Associated Charges will be charged on a proportionate basis.

A term's notice is required in writing to the Principal prior to the departure of a student from the College. Without this notice, a term's fees will normally be charged.

Building Fund

Tuition Fees & Associated Charges finance the yearly operating costs of the College. The Building Fund finances the capital development of the College, is fully tax-deductible and ensures optimum educational facilities for our students.  

Contribution: $1,000 per student or $1,600 per family with two or more students. A tax-deductible receipt for the St Kevin's College Building Fund will be forwarded at the end of the Financial Year (i.e. July).

Old Collegians' Associated Subscriptions

Years 8 - 11 $95 per student

Fathers' and Mothers' Association Subscriptions

This charge contributes to the set-up costs for College social and fundraising activities.

Prep to Year 12 $50 per family

Religious Education Textbook

Years 7 – 10 $10 per student

Associated Compulsory Charges

Camps (Years 3 - 12)

Associated Optional Charges


Swimming and Diving


Korowa Anglican Girls’ School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range Prep to Year 12
Main Gender  Girls Only 
Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 1450
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:


A leader in girls’ education since 1890, Korowa is renowned for its academic excellence. Our Early Learning Centre welcomes 3 & 4 year old girls and boys, then from Prep - Year 12 we offer a specialised all-girls' environment. 

A strong focus on the individual student

At Korowa, every teacher knows every student and encourages her to pursue her own unique interests, talents and ambitions - wherever they may lie.

An outstanding record of success 

Korowa is renowned for our long history of academic excellence. Our NAPLAN and VCE scores consistently place us in the top tier of schools across the state. Our students' achievements span Sport, Music, Art, Science, Literature and many more. 

Limited class sizes

We offer small class sizes so that every student can receive the support they need and build positive relationships with their teachers. 

Flexible learning styles and curriculum

Our School offers a broad curriculum. Our teaching is student-centred, drawing on the natural curiosity and interests of students to engage them in the learning process. 

A connected community

The Korowa community is one of the main reasons why families choose us. Our community is connected, engaged and welcoming. Our students travel from more than 60 postcodes across Melbourne each day and we are proud of the diverse nature of our community.

Co-curricular programs 

Our Co-curricular and Wellbeing programs aim to develop the girls’ breadth of character, confidence and values, allowing them to make the most of their future.

Campus & Facilities

Korowa enjoys a picturesque, leafy campus with modern facilities necessary to cater for all areas of study and interests.

Public Transport

Korowa is conveniently situated near numerous public transport options. We are only five minutes walk from Glen Iris train station and even less from tram stops on High Street and Wattletree Road. Glen Iris station is on the Glen Waverley line, with a trip from the CBD taking less than 30 minutes and even less if travelling from Glen Waverley.

Buses from Camberwell, Box Hill, Chadstone, Ashburton and Glen Waverley all stop at Glen Iris station. There is a bus from Caulfield station. 

Tertiary Education 

Korowa students earn admission into the most selective tertiary institutions in the country. Typically, all students seeking university entry gain a first round offer each year. Korowa girls are not limited to traditional post-school options. Each year Korowa graduates embark on tertiary studies as diverse as medicine, business and design. Some take up cadetships with top level companies, sharing their time between study and work.


Korowa has an active alumni community comprising more than 9,000 members. Regular reunions and ongoing friendships are distinguishing characteristics of our Korovian (alumni) population.

Industry Recognition

In 2018, Korowa was awarded 'Secondary School of the Year' in the Non-Government Category of the Australian Education Awards. 


  • Registered as School No. 5 in Victoria, Korowa Anglican Girls' School is accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.
  • Korowa is a federally registered provider of education to international students through the CRICOS register (CRICOS Provider No. 01022G).
  • Korowa is a member of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), the Alliance of Girls' Schools, Australasia, (AGSA), and Girls' Sport Victoria (GSV).

Our Mission

Our Mission is to develop self-aware, confident and capable young women who understand their responsibility and capacity to influence the world in a positive way.

Our Values

Our values guide every decision we make, and are the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable. These are;

  • Courage - to strive for success in learning and life
  • Respect - for Anglican values that promote authentic social responsibility
  • Integrity - in our conduct, relationships and leadership
  • Service - to our local, national and international communities

Statement of Democratic Principles

The VRQA Minimum Standards for School Registration includes a standard concerning the school’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice.

This standard is as follows:

The programs of, and teaching in, a school must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected Government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and association;
  • the values of openness and tolerance

Korowa Anglican Girls’ School is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy.

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.

Sacred Heart Girls’ College Oakleigh Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre No
Primary School No
High School Yes
Course Range Year 7 to 12 
Main Gender  ELC to Year 6 - Co Education 

Year 7 to Year 12 - Girls Only  

Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 1,100
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:

Our College, founded by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDMs), builds on the wonderful traditions of the founder, Euphrasie Barbier. It was she who had a dream "that all people would be loved, honoured and respected for the wonderful gifts of their difference and the amazing gifts of our oneness".  


It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the wonderful learning and faith community of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Oakleigh. 

It is a community that enables young women to engage fully in life as they grow and develop in preparation for life’s journey - a journey that is continuing to unfold through their secondary education.

In association with our families, we enable each student to develop all those attributes and skills for life long learning: initiative and excellence, confidence and self esteem, discipline and dedication, self awareness and a generosity of spirit, integrity and honesty, creativity and imagination and an understanding of their spirituality.

Our supportive and nurturing environment values each student as an individual. She is known by her teachers and is recognised as a valued member of the community, one who is affirmed and celebrated in many ways.

Learning is valued at Sacred Heart. Our dynamic learning and teaching environment encourages positive engagement as all seek to gain further understanding of the world in which we live. It is learning that promotes the growth and development of the whole person. The programs and activities on offer at the College cater for the many individual needs of all our students. Our balanced, broad and challenging learning environment seeks to create a love of learning, independence and solid preparation for tertiary education and the ability of our graduates to take their place in the world of the 21st century.

Our faith and mission leads us beyond our community, inspiring all to see what is possible in our ever-changing world. Our pastoral care is exemplary in practice, enabling our young women to express their uniqueness and feel connected to our community, knowing that their well-being is important to us. Our exciting learning culture enables our young women to be active in seeking knowledge and understanding. At Sacred Heart, we aim to facilitate the development of young women who are committed individuals full of insight and understanding, knowing who they are and being prepared for leadership and service beyond the College.

We are proud of this College and all that it has achieved since its foundation in 1957. The College has developed a rich tradition firmly embedded within the Catholic faith, a tradition that is expressed in all aspects of College life. Gospel values such as: love, compassion, service, peace and justice are at the core of all we do. The experiences of these values as they are lived every day at Sacred Heart, enable our young women to take their place in our community and in the world with great hope and enthusiasm.

This website provides you with a glimpse of life at Sacred Heart. Enjoy your experience of our wonderful College.


Sacred Heart Girls’ College was opened in 1957 by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. The Sisters came from their convent in Highgate, Perth, Western Australia, bringing with them the wonderful traditions of their congregation.

When Euphrasie Barbier established the Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions in France in 1861, she took on a new name: Mother Mary of the Heart of Jesus. It is from her name and her special devotion to the Sacred Heart that our College is named - like many others established by her sisters around the world.

Euphrasie wanted to continue Jesus' mission: to reveal to all peoples God's spirit and love, alive and present in the world. Her sisters were to be witnesses to the good news, that everyone carries the image and likeness of God in their hearts, and recognizing this enables them to live their lives to the fullest. She especially wanted her sisters to go out of their way to carry this message to women and children. Her tradition of Christian witness among women and her love of Mary as our model have a special value at Sacred Heart Girls’ College. 


Sacred Heart Girls' College is a school within the Catholic ethos, educating young women for life and always striving upwards for excellence in learning and growth of faith.

We are committed to providing an environment which enables the development of strong, articulate women, faithful to Gospel values, with respect for themselves and compassion for others - discerning, confident, prepared and willing to embrace life's challenges.


Sacred Heart Girls' College draws its enrolments from priority parish zones, as defined by the CEM, as well as catering for pastoral needs beyond these zones.

Priority Parishes

The priority parishes from which we draw our enrolments are as follows:

  • St Mary's & Holy Eucharist, Malvern East
  • St Patrick’s, Murrumbeena
  • Sacred Heart, Oakleigh
  • Christ Our Holy Redeemer, Oakleigh East
  • St Peter’s, Clayton
  • St Andrew’s, Clayton South
  • Good Shepherd, Mulgrave
  • St Justin’s, Wheelers Hill
  • St John Vianney’s, Springvale North
  • St Anthony’s, Noble Park
  • St Kevin’s, Hampton Park


Shelford Girls’ Grammar Private School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes 
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range K-12
Main Gender  ELC - Co-Education 

Primary to High School - Girls 

Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 515 
School Fees High 

Link to the school fee page:

Why Shelford?

With a rich and proud history of educating girls, we are a small, inclusive school with a wonderful sense of community.

For over 122 years, Shelford has been a strong advocate for girls’ education, preparing girls and young women for a complex and changing world.

Our School has an outstanding academic tradition and offers a wide range of subjects for our Junior School students, right through to VCE level. Shelford has exceptional Visual and Performing Arts programs, extensive sporting opportunities and a strong co-curricular program that includes study tours and camps, debating and a unique Year 9 Challenge program.

Nurturing and challenging

Our students flourish because they learn in a community that nurtures, stimulates and challenges them, and in which they are encouraged to be courageous. Our girls are able to explore, to be curious and to try out new things in a supportive, positive environment, where high standards and the pursuit of excellence are part of the historical fabric of the School.

From Foundation, students are encouraged to harness their passions and develop lifelong interests. Small class sizes allow our teachers to really know each student and individually nurture them, so they develop to the best of their potential.

Preparing girls for the future

Academic ability is important for future success, but the challenges of the 21st century mean students must acquire a variety of skills and capabilities. There is a growing demand for innovation, creativity, communication, empathy, adaptability and social skills. Education has a vital role to play in helping young people build lives that have meaning and purpose, in an ever-changing and unpredictable world.


Shelford is proud of its tradition of academic achievement, understanding and care. Talented, perceptive and sensitive teachers – working closely with parents and ancillary staff – design personalised programs to meet the needs, abilities and interests of each child.

Students are placed in learning groups according to their social and cognitive readiness. Vertical grouping allows students to work with 'like minds' and academic progress is not determined by chronological age.

All administrative structures, resourcing policies and staffing practices support our youngest child to our Year 12 students – and beyond.

Students aspire to the highest levels of achievement in everything they do. They are encouraged to 'dare to dream' and to experience the exhilaration of discovering talents and abilities which they didn't know they possessed.

A feature of Shelford is its small class sizes. While many of Shelford's students are exceptionally able some of our students have specific learning needs and individual programs are designed for them also.

All students participate enthusiastically in the co-curricula activities and consequently a strong sense of community pervades the school. The Pastoral Care program underpins and enhances the broader educational philosophy.


Shelford offers a wide range of co-curricular activities and students are encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available. Participation levels are very high in the Performing Arts and Sport, exchange programs and overseas study tours.

Shelford provides a rich academic curriculum and there is a huge breadth and depth to the education we offer.


At Shelford we understand that choosing a school for your child’s education is one of the most important decisions you will make. We invite you to contact our Registrar Ms Marie De Sousa to find out what a difference Shelford could make for your child. Overseeing the enrollment process, Marie is available to answer any queries you may have, send you information or arrange for you to have a personal tour of the School. She can be contacted through the details below.

Telephone:+61 3 9524 7413

Email: [email protected]

We love welcoming new families to our community and know your daughter will thrive in our school environment.

Impressive VCE results year after year

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. Your commitment to your studies and your leadership and contribution to a wide range of endeavours has been impressive.

At Shelford, staff and students work together in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to achieve their best.The School community is very proud of the Class of 2019 and the teaching staff, and wishes every student continued success in the future.

The Dux of the School is Isabel Greenslade (99.35)

The Proxime Accessit to the Dux is Alyssa Davies (99.30)

Local admissions

We warmly invite you to contact our Registrar, Marie De Sousa.

Telephone: 9524 7413

Email: [email protected] 

Marie will send you a prospectus pack (with fee schedule), be able to answer any questions you have and arrange for prospective families to attend a personal tour of our School.

Outside of COVID-19 social restrictions, prospective parents can also book online for a school tour.


Wesley College Elsternwick Melbourne Private School 

Private School Melbourne

138102 6800

Early Learning Centre Yes
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range K-12
Main Gender  Co-Education 
Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 3,400
School Fees Middle 

Link to the school fee page:

Wesley provides a world-class education that embraces, encourages and celebrates inclusivity, acceptance, diversity and the development of the whole child.

We value:

  • The individual talents and worth of each person
  • The achievement of personal best in all areas of learning
  • Diversity and openness
  • Care for the emotional and social wellbeing of everyone in our community
  • A broad and balanced curriculum
  • Spirituality – embracing Christianity and other faiths
  • The history and traditions of the school.

Attributes of a Wesley graduate

Wesley’s holistic approach to learning, embodied in a true education, prepares our graduates to achieve in all aspects of life and contribute to creating a better world.

We aim for all graduates to possess:

  • A sense of personal confidence – a feeling of belonging, self-worth and place, strengthened by supportive and trusting relationships.
  • Knowledge – the ability to thrive and function in different environments with a diverse range of people; knowing how to deal with challenges, seek solutions and make ethically sound judgements.
  • A developing understanding – an appreciation of community, human rights and cultural diversity, and a commitment to social justice.
  • Balance – the understanding that a balanced life is dependent on intellectual, creative, spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth.


A Wesley education is not only holistic in its content but also in its implementation.

It prepares students for the new world of work, academic achievement and tertiary education and careers in an increasingly globalised world.

Structure and curriculum

Wesley College uses a carefully considered structural and curriculum model to support students through transitions as they progress in their learning and development.

Wesley is organised into three schools: Junior School, Middle School and Senior School. These ‘mini-schools’ provide learning and pastoral care suited to students’ developmental stages.

Students study in the Junior School from ECLC to Year 4, the Middle School from Years 5 to 9 and the Senior School from Years 10 to 12.

Transitions between Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are designed to overlap with curriculum programs. This helps students adapt to their new environment before beginning the next stage of their learning.

Students start their journey in the Junior School, where learning is structured through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP).

When students transition into the Middle School in Year 5, they continue the familiar PYP framework through to the end of Year 6 before commencing the Middle Years Program (MYP) in Year 7.

A similar transition also occurs when students progress into the Senior School and complete the final year of the MYP in Year 10 prior to studying their chosen pathway in Years 11 and 12.

Pastoral care and year-level induction programs support and monitor students’ transitions during these key periods of change.


Domestic fees

Deciding which school is right for your child is an important decision, and our admissions staff are available to support you on your journey. 2020 fees and charges are detailed below along with discount opportunities to assist families.

Enrolment fees

The following one-off fees are payable during the application and enrolment process for all new students.

Fee Type Amount
Application Fee*

Fee waived for children and grandchildren of Old Wesley Collegians.

Confirmation Fee*

Payable to confirm enrolment.

Tuition Contribution Fee*

Payable to ensure position is reserved at nominated year level, deducted from first account after student has commenced in Prep level or above.


*Enrolment fees are non-refundable, not transferable and cannot be deferred to a future year level.

Annual fees

Annual fees for domestic students comprise of:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Learning Technology Fee: a notebook computer is provided for Years 5 – 12 students
  • Consolidated Charge: covers extras such as some excursions, library resources, some textbooks and some stationery
  • Families who are Temporary Residents incur an international levy of $4,500. This levy is applied per family and not per student.

Download the PDF below for full details of fees and charges, including information regarding instalments, billing dates and methods of payment.


The tuition fees listed below apply to all campuses.

Year level Amount
Prep to Year 3 $23,110
Year 4 $24,950
Year 5 $26,540
Year 6 $28,480
Year 7 $29,220
Year 8 $30,870
Year 9 $33,820
Years 10 – 12 $34,610


The total cost for the eight-week Year 9 Clunes program is $4,800.

This cost is in addition to the Tuition Fee and Consolidated Charge, and is billed prior to the student attending Clunes.


The total cost for the optional three-week Year 10 Yiramalay Induction Program is $3,800 (including airfares).

This cost is in addition to the Tuition Fee and Consolidated Charge, and is billed prior to the student attending Yiramalay.


Wesley College has Early Childhood Learning Centres (ECLC) at all three campuses. Students at the Elsternwick and Glen Waverley campuses may attend ECLC part-time. The Tuition Fee and the Consolidated Charge is billed on a pro-rata basis for part-time students.

Age level Days per week Tuition Fee:


Tuition Fee:

Glen Waverley

Tuition Fee:

St Kilda Rd

Consolidated Charge
3 year-old* 2 $8,180 $9,100 N/A $310
3 year-old** 3 $12,260 N/A N/A $460
4 year-old** 3 N/A $13,660 N/A $460
4 year-old*** 4 $16,350 N/A N/A $620
3 and 4 year-old $20,440 $22,760 $22,760 $770

*Set days of Thursday and Friday

**Set days of Monday to Wednesday

***Set days of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Residential fees


Learning in Residence is offered at the Glen Waverley Campus only.

Year level Annual fee for weekly boarding (Mon - Fri) Annual fee for full boarding (Mon - Sun)
Years 9 – 12 $22,200 $27,000



At Wesley, coeducation is central to our vision for learning, as is our commitment to keeping children in one family together.

A family discount applies to the Tuition Fee only; where three or more children are at Wesley College, a discount of 20% is applied for the third child and 50% for the fourth and any subsequent children.

A 10% discount for a second child is also available when a third child has commenced at Wesley and enrolments are concurrent.


A discount of 2.5% is available if the total Annual Fees are paid in advance e.g. 2021 Annual Fees are paid in full by 31 October 2020.

This discount applies to the Tuition Fee and Consolidated Charge only.

Methods of payment

The College accepts the payment of fees and charges by:

  • Cheque
  • Credit card - MasterCard and Visa (surcharge fees apply)
  • Charge card - American Express (surcharge fees apply)
  • BPAY (surcharge fees apply for credit cards)
  • Payment Plan/Funding Options (where applicable)
  • Financial management options

Financial management strategies can assist families to plan for the future cost of independent school education.

We strongly recommend families seek independent financial advice before entering into a funding arrangement with a third party provider.

Student Accident Insurance

Wesley College prides itself on the provision of a safe learning environment for all students.

Even in the safest environment, accidents and injuries can still occur. The College Council, recognising there may be costs associated with student injuries, has purchased a Group Student Accident Policy, which is provided free to all families.


Fintona Girls’ Private School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range Prep to Year 12
Main Gender  Girls Only 
Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 1450
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:

Fintona is a warm and friendly school where girls receive an outstanding education.

Fintona is one of Melbourne's leading independent girls' schools with a long tradition of educating girls to the highest standard.

Renowned for consistently achieving outstanding VCE and NAPLAN results, Fintona is firmly placed among the best performing girls' schools in Victoria.


Situated in the inner eastern suburb of Balwyn, Fintona, a non-denominational school, caters for girls only from Prep to Year 12 and offers a co-educational early learning program for girls and boys. The International Baccalaureate is taught from ELC to Year 4.

Our friendly, supportive and caring environment, together with our broad-based curriculum, provide girls with a variety of experiences that challenge them beyond expectations, as well as establishing skills to help them cope with life beyond school.

Inspired by strong leadership and exceptional teachers, a Fintona girl will  find the confidence to achieve her academic and personal aspirations, whatever they may be.

If you are considering a school with a focus on personal development that fosters a 'girls can do anything' mindset, then join us on one of our scheduled tours.


Fintona is a place where girls achieve outstanding personal and academic success.

Fintona provides a diverse and challenging academic curriculum, where girls with a wide range of abilities are supported. Our girls consistently achieve outstanding VCE and NAPLAN results, placing Fintona among the best performing girls' schools in Victoria.

At Fintona, we value small class sizes. Our students have more one-on-one time with teachers who are willing to spend extra time with them to ensure the best possible outcome can be achieved.

To facilitate an optimal learning framework for our students, Fintona is divided into four smaller schools:

Early Learning Centre (ELC) - Three and four year old programs

Junior School - Prep to Year 4

Middle School - Years 5 to 8

Senior School - Years 9 to 1

In addition to the rigorous, rich environment of the classroom, our students participate in many co-curricular activities to support their personal development and growth.

Opportunities for building resilience, self-esteem and responsibility abound through leadership positions, overseas trips and exchanges, the Connections Program offered in Year 9, House activities, special interest clubs and Life Skills.

Our aim is to educate students to be creative, independent learners with a strong work ethic who leave Fintona feeling confident, resilient, tolerant and optimistic about their future.

The successful career path of many of our past students is testament to the quality of a Fintona education.

We extend a warm welcome to you and your family.

Fintona Girls' School is an open entry girls' school from Prep to Year 12 and also offers a co-educational Early Learning Centre.

We realise that choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting decision and that is why we welcome all prospective families to visit Fintona during one of our regular tours. All you have to do is Book a Tour online.

Places are limited and we encourage you to apply online for a place on our Waiting List. Our Application Procedures are detailed in this section of the website.

You may also like to request our Prospectus, where you will find out more about our learning, co-curricularand wellbeing programs, as well as the more practical aspects of a Fintona education including fees and transport.

We would love to see you and your family at one of our tours very soon.

Fees and Charges

Application Fee

Applications for entry to Fintona, for the Early Learning Centre (comprising 3 year old and 4 year old Kindergarten) to Year 12, must be made on the School's official Application for Admission Form. An application is a pre-requisite for enrolment but does not guarantee a place. A non-refundable Application Fee of $150 (inclusive of GST) is payable before placement on the waiting list.

Enrolment Fee

A non-refundable enrolment fee per student is payable upon acceptance of a formal letter of offer.

The fee is $1,000 for entry into the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12.

Fees in Advance

In addition to the Application and Enrolment fees a non-refundable full term’s fees in advance is required to secure a place at Fintona. When the student commences as scheduled, this deposit is credited against the first Tuition Fee account. If the designated place is not taken up by the student within three years it is forfeited. Enrolment at this point is subject to a place being available.

Due to the high demand for places in the ELC and Junior School, in addition to the fees in advance required for entry into the 3 year old program (due in May of the year prior to commencement), a deposit of a term’s fees in advance are required the following year if the student wishes to progress into the 4 year old program and Prep.

School Fees and Business Terms and Conditions 2021

Local Students

Overseas Students 

Due Dates for School Fees 2021

Please note that fees are charged a term in advance at the commencement of each school term.  Please find following the due dates for School fees for 2020:

  • Term 1 2021 - due 31 October 2020
  • Term 2 2021 - due 21 February 2021
  • Term 3 2021 - due 12 May 2021
  • Term 4 2021 - due 4 August 2021

If you do not receive a fee statement by the end of the first week of each term please contact the Finance Manager, Rowena Vitarelli at [email protected] to request a copy. There will be no extension of the due date because of the non-receipt of an account.  Please check carefully if you have a Hotmail account as your statement may have gone to junk-mail.

Early Learning Centre - changes to program 2021

Please note at the end of 2020, the 3 year old kindergarten (K3) two-day program will discontinue. From 2021 we will introduce a K3 four-day program. Also from 2021 there will not be a K4 three-day program. Fees for 2021 will be set by the Board in September 2020. You may use the 2020 fee schedule as a guide. Please contact the Registrar for further information.


Fintona awards a number of academic and music scholarships annually, for entry into various year levels in the following year. Further details and registration for the following year’s scholarships are provided on the website in December.

Old Fintonian discount

A 20% fee discount applies to daughters and granddaughters of past students who are also members of the Old Fintonians’ Alumni and who attended Fintona for a minimum of two years. The discount relates to Tuition Fees from Prep to Year 12. This discount will only apply in the absence of the student receiving any other concession.

Co-curricular Activities

An extensive variety of co-curricular activities is offered to students from Prep to Year 12. The charges for participation are included on the Fee accounts.


Firbank Grammar Private School Melbourne Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes 
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range K-12 
Main Gender  ELC to Year 6 - Co Education 

Year 7 to Year 12 - Girls Only  

Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 1,100
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:

Why Firbank ?

For more than 110 years Firbank Grammar has provided exceptional education and outstanding opportunities to its students. Students consistently achieve academically and in their co-curricular pursuits and are a part of a strong community that supports excellence.

Firbank Grammar School is an independent, Anglican day and boarding school for students from ELC to Year 12.  We have three campuses located in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.

We have two campuses in Brighton.  Our girls Junior School for students ELC to Year 6 is located in Middle Crescent and our girls only Senior School for students Year 7-12 is located in Outer Crescent.

Firbank Sandringham Co-ed Campus ELC to Year 6 is our co-educational Junior School located in Royal Avenue, Sandringham. Girls have guaranteed entry into the Firbank Senior School and boys have guaranteed entry into Brighton Grammar School.

We encourage student voice and opinion.  Our students have a voice and make active contributions to the School every day through their work in the classroom or the community. We provide them with the right balance of educational and real life experiences so they can forge ahead on their own path. That’s the Firbank way.

Firbank Learning Journey

Firbank Grammar’s three Campuses offer a seamless learning journey for students. From Playgroup and ELC through to Year 6 at our two Junior Campuses and then to our Brighton Senior School for girls.  For boys their Journey at Firbank finishes in Year 6 with the option to attend Senior School at our brother school Brighton Grammar School (BGS) for Year 7 and beyond.

Payments, Fees and Donations

Firbank offers the opportunity to pay fees and make donations online at any time and from anywhere in the world.

Secure electronic payments may be made via Credit Card. Firbank Grammar School accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.  Payments and donations may also be deposited directly into the School’s bank account. Credit card details submitted by users are not collected by Firbank.


We understand the significance of choosing the first school for your child. By bringing your child to Firbank, you join a community with shared high expectations and one that promotes the potential of all children. Sandringham Campus Early Learning Centre offers a co-educational experience and the Turner House Early Learning Centre is part of the Brighton girls campus. The two vibrant campuses share common approaches, with each learning space reflecting the care and dedication of the highly qualified educators to make school a special place for your child.


Flexibility for families lies at the heart of our program offerings, with two-day, three-day and five-day options for 3 year olds and a five-day program for 4 year olds. We also provide a ‘Stay and Play’ Playgroup opportunity for families with younger children (0+ months to 3 years) to connect with the School community, develop relationships and explore all areas of the Early Years curriculum. We appreciate the demands of modern life and, from 2019, will support our families by providing a convenient Long Day Education model commencing at 7.00 a.m. and finishing at 6.00 p.m.

Our Long Day Education model allows for the transitioning of the children from the Long Day option at 8.45 a.m. to the ELC program in a seamless manner, and similarly at the conclusion of the program at 3.00 p.m. This model supports opportunities for critical planning, programming and reflection, and promotes collaboration in ways that seek to strengthen and support each child’s continuous learning journey.

Prep to Year 6 Sandringham Junior Co-ed Campus

The Sandringham Campus provides specialist learning spaces for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Multimedia), Music, Mandarin, Art, Physical Education and Information Literacy.  Our boys and girls from ELC3 to Year 6 enjoy a caring and nurturing environment and expansive playground areas.

Each classroom teacher uses the framework of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) to plan explicit and inquiry teaching lessons that are engaging and personalised for each child.

Prep to Year 6 Brighton Junior Campus

The Firbank Learning Journey continues at our Brighton Junior Campus.

We have four key beliefs at Brighton Junior Campus:

  • Every student is important
  • Every lesson is critical
  • Every encounter is valued
  • Every opportunity should be taken

These beliefs together with the extensive Teaching and Learning program develop the natural curiosity and thinking skills of the students in a caring and inclusive environment. Specialist teachers, high academic standards and a diverse range of curricular activities help our students build confidence, resilience and a love of learning.

Through their educational journey at our all-girls school, our students are encouraged to develop their individual talents. We pride ourselves on being a family school with Christian values, where parents are encouraged to be involved in School life.  Our aim is to enable all students to contribute and to develop a sense of responsibility in their relationships with others.  We believe it is important to promote tolerance and understanding of individual differences, other cultures and the diversity of views in the world.

The learning and personal development programs we offer help our students cultivate essential skills for the contemporary world, including social skills, oral communication, problem-solving, teamwork and creativity.  To learn more about our enrolment process or to book a tour of our Melbourne girls’ school. 

Brighton Senior Campus

Firbank Senior School is instrumental in your daughter’s journey into adulthood. From Year 7 to VCE, our private girls high school in Melbourne offers an array of choices that arm Firbank students with the necessary tools to progress and transition into a life full of learning and discovery. At Firbank, we give students the opportunity to shape their own destinies through the expert guidance of dedicated and experienced staff, real life experiences and world class facilities. We don’t shape minds, we give girls the tools, skills and confidence to shape their own.

The learning and personal development programs at our girls’ high school help students cultivate essential skills for the contemporary world, including problem-solving, communication, teamwork and creativity. Through these programs, our girls grow up to be articulate, eloquent, well-rounded members of the community.

Firbank offers a range of options for our students to excel in their area of passion.  We believe that students who come together with common interests is a great way to learn, socialise and grow confidence. Some of the Club activities we offer include: Chess, Writers Club, Drama, homework club, debating, philosophy and more. View our Year Level information booklets for more detail.


Kilvington Grammar Private School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range K-12
Main Gender  Co-Education 
Boarding School No 
Estimated No. of Students 742
School Fees Fair 

Link To School Fee Page:

Welcome to Kilvington

Welcome to Kilvington Grammar! We know what an important and often difficult process it is when making decisions about your child’s education.

When it includes the possibility of an independent school where there are fees involved, you want to know your child is going to get the best possible experience at a place they will spend up to 13 years of their lives. The challenge is choosing a school that will best meet your child’s learning, emotional, social and physical needs.


At Kilvington, we aim to be as transparent as possible. We will provide you with as much information as possible to help you decide whether Kilvington is the place for your family.

We would encourage you to review our Mission Statement. In short, we are about academic excellence, building character and providing a warm and engaged community.

Prospectus 2020

A Kilvington education is based on four key pillars – Academic Excellence, Character, Community & Care.These pillars are interdependent to help our students become thinking, strong, caring and respectful people who once leaving school, will positively engage with and contribute meaningfully to the world around them.

Have a look at our Flagship Programs, and if you think that our Curricular, and Co-Curricular programs will engage and inspire your child, why not come along to an Open Morning or book a School Tour.

You might also like to download our free guide on choosing the right school for your child:

Choosing a School with Confidence 

All details regarding fees and the enrolment process can be found here.

Our Director of Admissions, Liz Chegwin, is always available to have a chat and would be delighted to take you on a School Tour. Her details are below.

We look forward to meeting your family soon.

Why Kilvington

Message from our Principal

I am delighted to welcome you to Kilvington Grammar School.

Kilvington is an independent Melbourne-based Christian school of the Baptist tradition. We are open to families of all faiths or no faith. We offer a friendly atmosphere, a strong sense of community and a rich history, delivering comprehensive education from the Early Learning Centre to VCE.

Situated on one campus in the Melbourne suburb of Ormond, our School has been closely linked to the local community since it was founded in 1923. Thousands of students have completed their education at Kilvington, becoming part of a vibrant Alumni network in Australia and overseas.

By learning within a rich and diverse co educational environment, girls and boys gain broader opportunities to achieve academically and to experience situations they will encounter in the real world, supporting Kilvington’s goal of providing a comprehensive education within a safe and happy learning environment. We are focused on the mind and heart, and believe in promoting the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development of each student.

A Kilvington education is based on four key pillars – Academic Excellence, Character, Community & Care.These pillars are interdependent to help our students become thinking, strong, caring and respectful people who once leaving school, will positively engage with and contribute meaningfully to the world around them.

Learning at Kilvington

At Kilvington, we strive for academic excellence within an authentic, inclusive and collaborative teaching and learning environment. The sequential development of skills, knowledge and understanding are underpinned by breadth, depth and challenge in learning. This process is informed by regular monitoring and assessment of student learning and values timely feedback.

High expectations, an emphasis on self-regulation, and positive student-teacher relationships create an engaging and supportive climate where students are encouraged to think, grow and strive for their personal best. Our philosophy is underpinned by our Character Initiative and neuroscience research on the benefits of instilling a Growth Mindset.

Student learning is a rounded experience that equips students with the skills to navigate, connect and thrive in a transforming world. Learning at Kilvington fosters academic excellence, shapes perspectives, strengthens character and builds skills for success.

Single-Gender Classes

Years 7-9 students have single-gender classes in English, Science, PE and Health. This allows the learning and activities to reflect the different needs of boys and girls at these ages and allows students the opportunity to learn in both co-educational and single gender environments.

We find that Kilvington students respond well to a combination of single-sex and mixed classes at this stage of their learning. 


The Kilvington Scholarship Program

The Kilvington 2022 Scholarship Program will open in November 2020. Testing is scheduled for February 2021 with the date to be confirmed in November.

For further information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Ms Liz Chegwin, on 03 9578 6231 or [email protected].

Kilvington offers students the following scholarships.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the independent academic examination and an interview.

Music Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a music audition, an interview and the independent academic examination. Candidates must show musical promise and display an obvious commitment and willingness to participate in school music activities. Prerequisite skill levels required are a minimum of AMEB Grade 4 level for Years 5 & 6 entry, AMEB Grade 5 level for Year 7 entry and AMEB Grade 6 level for Year 9 entry.

A portfolio containing the candidate’s two most recent school reports, NAPLAN results, music examination reports and information including levels of achievement in any other activities they are involved in, must be submitted to the Director of Admissions prior to the academic test date.

General Excellence Scholarships

General Excellence scholarships are awarded on the basis of the independent academic examination, an interview and evidence of the candidate’s active participation in a range of activities (for example, sport, music, creative arts, and programs that benefit the community). These activities may be school or community-based.

A portfolio containing the candidate’s two most recent school reports and information including levels of achievement in any other activities they are involved in, must be submitted to the Director of Admissions prior to the academic test date.


Strathcona Girls’ Private School Melbourne 

Private School Melbourne


Early Learning Centre Yes 
Primary School Yes
High School Yes
Course Range K-12
Main Gender  ELC - Co-Education 

Prep to Year 12 - Girls Only  

Boarding School Yes 
Estimated No. of Students 820 
School Fees Low 

Link to the school fee page:


Strathcona is the catalyst of a life-shaping momentum, ensuring each girl discovers a trajectory as unique and full of potential as she is.

Upon their respective journeys, Strathcona girls break the stereotypes of private education — and we are proud of it. Action, meaning and fulfilment take precedence, and are aptly expressed in the School motto: ‘Bravely, Faithfully, Happily.’

Through a culture of academic excellence and a rich selection of co-curricular activities, girls grow and thrive. Strong, resilient, empowered — at Strathcona these are more than just words. We imbue them with impetus tied to each girl’s uniqueness and personal ambitions.

As a student’s voice and identity emerge, so does her character.


And it’s here that Strathcona truly sets itself apart. A Strathcona girl is balanced in mind, body and spirit. Her robust sense of self is founded upon respect, integrity, compassion, courage and genuine community spirit. Being ready for life isn’t about bettering others — it’s about improvement within.

In essence, Strathcona affords its girls the opportunity to discover who they really are, and to pursue their life’s potential by being themselves. Or, put another way: Unstoppable girls begin at Strathcona.

Why a Girls’ School?

She can be who she truly is, and become what she is destined to become, in an environment of like-minded, passionate women.

Rest assured, the decisions you are faced with for your daughter’s education are shared by parents everywhere. Among the most fundamental of these is whether to enrol her in a co-educational or single-sex school.

To be fair, each has its merits. But, increasingly, there is a swelling amount of international research indicating that girls perform at their best — academically and personally — in a single-sex educational environment.

Through our junior, middle and senior years, Strathcona is a girls’ school. Our long and proud tradition of providing high-quality education is augmented by our emphasis on developing each girl according to her own strengths and interests. A girl is at her best when she is free to be herself, and though girls-only schools everywhere provide an environment for this to happen, at  Strathcona we embed it into our culture.



Strathcona is the catalyst of a life-shaping momentum, ensuring each girl discovers a trajectory as unique and full of potential as she is. In essence, Strathcona affords its girls the opportunity to discover who they really are, and to pursue their life’s potential by being themselves. Or, put another way: unstoppable girls begin at Strathcona.

Application Fee

There is a $200.00 non-refundable, non-transferable fee applicable to the submission of an Application for Enrolment form for all students, excluding children of alumnae.

Enrolment Fee (Prep to Year 12)

In accordance with our Fee Policy and Business Regulations Notice and Terms and Conditions (attached) a non-refundable, non-transferable Confirmation Fee of $2,000.00 is required to secure an enrolment (in addition to signing and returning the acceptance paperwork). Please note that $1,000.00 from this Fee will be credited to your first year’s Tuition Fee Invoice when she completes the full year at Strathcona Girls Grammar. For further details, please refer to our Fees Schedule and Business Regulations.

Enrolment Fee (ELC)

In accordance with our Fee Policy and Business Regulations Notice and Terms and Conditions (attached) a non-refundable, non-transferable Confirmation Fee of $1,000.00 is required to secure an ELC enrolment (in addition to signing and returning the acceptance paperwork). Where a 4 Year Old student progresses to Prep, a $1,000 discount is applied to the first year’s fee when the student completes a full year of Prep.


Prep to Year 12


Junior School Per Annum
Prep $18,844
Year 1 $19,668
Year 2 $21,160
Year 3 $22,976
Year 4 $24,480
Year 5 $25,168
Year 6 $26,404


Senior School Per Annum
Year 7 $29,462
Year 8 $30,834
Year 9 $32,272
Year 10 $31,932
Year 11 $32,356
Year 12 $32,252

Please note that the Per Annum amount above includes both tuition and the relevant composite fee. All fees and charges are applicable for 2020 only and are subject to review at any time. Additionally, all fees and charges referred to are in $AUD. To access full details on Strathcona’s Terms & Conditions, Fees Policy and Business Regulations Notice please download the following:

Early Learning Centre

3 Year Old Program Per Annum
3 Days $14,048
4 Days $18,073
5 Days $21,402


4 Year Old Program Per Annum
3 Days $14,048
4 Days $17,391
5 Days $20,720

Please note that the Per Annum amount above includes both tuition and the relevant composite fee. All fees and charges are applicable for 2020 only and are subject to review at any time. Additionally, all fees and charges referred to are in $AUD. To access full details on Strathcona’s Terms & Conditions, Fees Policy and Business Regulations Notice please download the following:

International Students

International Students Per Annum
Year 7 $41,688
Year 8 $42,248
Year 9 $42,508
Year 10 $42,168
Year 11 $41,012
Year 12 $40,908

Please note that the Per Annum amount above includes both tuition and the relevant composite fee. All fees and charges are applicable for 2020 only and are subject to review at any time. Additionally, all fees and charges referred to are in $AUD. To access full details on Strathcona’s Terms & Conditions, Fees Policy and Business Regulations Notice please download the following:

Payment Arrangements

There are multiple payment arrangements available to our parents and our Business Office is always available should you have any questions or concerns.

There is currently a termly option (four equal instalments in November, February, May and August) and monthly option (10 instalments from November to August) available to our parents. Additionally, you have the option to pay the whole year in advance by 29 November to qualify for the 3% discount (see more below).

 Sibling Discount

A 10% sibling discount applies to the second member of a family and a 15% fee concession to subsequent members of a family who are attending the School at the one time. It does not apply to the first family member or to students in receipt of any other concession or scholarship. If the first family member leaves the School, either because they have completed their studies or for any other reason, the discount will cease.

Early Payment Discount

Payment of the annual tuition fees in full by 29 November will receive a 3% discount. Please note that discounts are not applicable to families with Bursary or Special Concession arrangements.


Strathcona girls wear their uniforms with pride. Be it for summer, winter or sport, our uniforms can be purchased both new and second-hand.

 New Uniforms

Our uniform supplier is Dobsons. Dobsons stock a complete range of Strathcona uniform along with hair ribbon, school shoes and alteration services. Dobsons can deliver to your home or office within 48 hours. Download the Dobsons Uniform Price Lists below:

ELC Uniform Price List

Prep to Year 4 Uniform Price List

Year 5 to 12 Uniform Price List

Second-Hand Uniforms

Strathcona has a Second-hand Uniform Shop that is run by volunteer members of the Strathcona Family Association (SFA). Their valuable assistance allows families to purchase good quality used uniforms and enjoy significant savings. Our Second-hand Uniform Shop is typically open on Wednesdays during school term only (Mornings: 8.00-9.15am and Afternoons: 3.00-4.15pm), and it also opens at unique times such as Orientation Day. Please note that our Uniform Shop is on a donation basis only.

Additional details are available on MyStrathcona. For further information, please contact our Uniform Shop Manager.

Second-Hand Uniform Price List

Badged Goods Price List


Strathcona has thoughtfully considered the books designated to students and subjects, and tailored these resources to suit the needs of our curriculum delivery.

New Books

Each year, Strathcona partners with Campion Education as our booklist provider. Booklists become available for every year level in approximately November. Campion can deliver these books directly to your home or to our school. Access the available 2020 Booklists below:

  • Campion Booklist Price Lists
  • Second-Hand Books

Our school has partnered with the Sustainable School Shop. This service is very accessible online, it preferences our school first and then provides access to buy and sell items with families attending other nearby schools. Available to review is second‐hand textbooks, calculators, stationery, musical equipment and more. Additional details are available on MyStrathcona.


Technology is embedded into every subject in the curriculum, from ELC to Year 12, in a very intentional manner. Strathcona offers a technology-enriched learning environment, where technology is taught explicitly in a number of subjects.

For more information about what this looks like across our school, please refer to the below:

  • Prep to Year 4
  • Years 5 and 6
  • Years 7 and 8
  • Years 9 to 12


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