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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.
Independent schools 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.
Find out more about the contribution of independent schools and the parents of students attending independent schools.
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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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ISQ Briefings - April 2018 edition
24 April 2018 - In the April edition of Briefings, ISQ Executive Director David Robertson responds to continuing divisive media coverage on school funding, while ISQ Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise writes about recent discoveries around school pedagogical practices for high achievement.
ISQ Hosts Federal Education Minister
17 April 2018 - ISQ was pleased to host Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham who updated independent and Catholic school leaders on the progress of key national education reform initiatives at a forum at ISQ's Professional Learning Centre.
Schools Reinvest Surplus Funds
12 April 2018 - Grammar schools, like all independent schools, are not-for-profit institutions, which means all funds must be used to fulfil and further their education mission to students.
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