Which school is right for your child and you -Public, Catholic , Private Or IB(International Baccalaureate)

Which school is right for your child and you -Public, Catholic or Private Or IB

Is it better to go public, Catholic, or private? It all depends on your child and your financial situation.

“Keep in mind who this is all about – your child, not you. 

Your decision will have a significant impact on your child’s life, both in school and later in life. 

This includes not only academic achievement, but also overall development and long-term prospects as individuals, members of groups, and members of the labour force,” explain D&B Mann, founders of education research hub Aussie Educator.

Yes, selecting a school for your child is a significant decision.

Yes, you will be influenced by your budget. It’s also a big value vs. cost question: what kind of school will help your child shine?

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Self-evaluation questions

How does the school encourage parents to participate in their children’s school lives while also supporting their home lives?

What resources are available to assist with homework, and what level of commitment does the school expect on a daily basis?

When selecting a program/extracurricular activity, consider how it will help my child develop, or if it will meet a need to improve performance in order to open up more opportunities.

What does the school have to offer that will brighten my child’s day?

(Having something to look forwards to makes it much easier to try new things!)

What does the school provide to help them get through difficult times?

What teachers, programmes, and resources are available to meet my child’s unique educational, extracurricular, and personal support requirements?

Do we share enough of the values and priorities promoted by the school? (Education, extracurricular activities, social mobility, ethics and beliefs, assistance, community?)

Will my child be able to make friends?

What are the true travel costs, in terms of both time and money?

Will my child’s school/life balance suffer as a result of travel time?

Advantages of attending a public school

In terms of value for money:

There are numerous public schools that rank highly in whatever areas of achievement are important to you, such as academics and tertiary admission, arts, sports, and community participation. 

They also provide fantastic opportunities for all students’ overall development.

Your tax dollars already help fund a portion of your child’s education, and with lower overall costs, you may have more room in your budget for things like travel and extracurricular activities.

Mobilization on a social level

According to social anthropologists, mixing with other people builds stronger communities, improves empathy, tolerance, and understanding of diversity, and has a positive impact on mental health.

Diversity and opportunity

Public schools are visibly accountable for educating and supporting students of all abilities, needs and backgrounds.

As a result, there is a strong emphasis to give budget and commitment to extra resources where needed such as special needs classes, for example.

Broader curriculum

While location and reputation can influence staff the school hires, public schools tend to offer broader subject choices.

Closer to home

If you choose your local public school, you can take advantage of the subsidised public transport scheme, or a shorter walk or drive to school.

This means more time to get ready in the morning and less stress getting from work/home to collect your child if they’re not old enough to get themselves home.

If you apply to an out-of-area family, you won’t get this benefit.


Generally, you have more choice about where to buy uniforms, equipment and stationery, which can reduce costs.

For extracurricular activities, it’s a matter of financial resources and your child’s interests.

Challenges in Public school

After-school and before-school care : Getting a spot in a primary school child care programme can be difficult, and you may have to wait on a waiting list.

Furthermore, even with government subsidies, it is an extra few thousand dollars per year for most families.

Staff quality : : No one likes to admit it, but the location and reputation of a school have a significant impact on whether or not people apply for teaching and support staff positions.

Stress in the community : If there are social issues in your community, they may find their way into your school.

Advantages of Catholic Education


The Catholic education system was established centuries ago to provide more educational and personal development opportunities for children from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as a strong foundation in faith education and pastoral care.

Education-based on faith

Daily Catholic school activities emphasise the spiritual values of Faith, Hope, and Charity. Weekly religious lessons are intended to instil faith.

Students are also encouraged to find meaning and purpose in their lives by serving and supporting one another and the people in their communities, as well as by participating in charity work and fundraising.

The pursuit of social justice

  • Discipline
    Connected with pastoral care, enforcing high standards of behaviour through constructive means can improve students’ ability to focus, cooperate and push themselves to achieve more.
  • Subsidised by the Church
    All non-government schools receive some government funding, though the main reason Catholic school fees are lower than other Private/Independent schools is that they’re financially supported by church communities and related business organisations.
  • Better & More Committed staff
    Catholic schools proudly note many staff have made it their mission to serve a school for the long term. High staff retention rates can result in stronger community connections and improved knowledge and experience, rather than ‘corporate history’ walking out the door each time someone leaves.


  • Stricter discipline, behaviour and service expectations
    Your child may need to be prepared for strict but fair rules; learning to sit still in Mass and adopting slightly formal manners at a young age. Students are also expected to participate in community service activities.
  • Achievement varies from school to school
    School culture can have a big influence on how the focus is spread across academics, creative arts and sport. A school that celebrates sporting achievers above other high achievers is only great if your child loves and excels at those sports.
  • Longer school days
    Some Catholic high schools have compulsory extracurricular activities or community service after school and/or on weekends and are strict about participation.
  • Travel
    Depending on how far away you live from school, you and the kids could also face a long commute.

Private/ Independent Schools

Our daughter goes to a Grammar school here in Melbourne. So, I can be more specific about the private schools.


  • Socioeconomic standing
    Whether you ask the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a Board of Studies, other parents or former students, the greater expense of private school fees is a strong social filter. Statistically, people with higher education levels and who earn more are more likely to choose a private school. The system essentially nurtures its next generation, which leads to the benefits of…
  • Old school networks
    It’s not always what you know… and a private school will certainly encourage networking among alumni, as it helps raise donations and expand the school’s reputation. In turn, some alumni are passionate advocates of the school’s history. Old school connections can open doors for jobs, social clubs, and boardroom opportunities, as members are bonded by a shared camaraderie.
  • Investment in achievement
    Parents and former students frequently make financial contributions to the school. Private schools with big coffers can acquire the best staff, equipment and other resources to aid success in the classroom, concert hall or sporting arena. Most private schools offer scholarships for high achievers, while others quietly invest in emerging talentI

Challenges in Private schools

After-school and before-school care: Getting a spot in a primary school child care programme can be difficult, and you may have to wait on a waiting list.

Furthermore, even with government subsidies, it is an extra few thousand dollars per year for most families.

Staff quality : No one likes to admit it, but the location and reputation of a school have a significant impact on whether or not people apply for teaching and support staff positions.

Community stress If there are social problems in your community, they may permeate your school.

Advantages in IB Private schools

Research and critical thinking abilities : Critical thinking is one of the IB’s core values.

The programme encourages students to examine their surroundings through an analytical lens, questioning how knowledge came to be and how reliable research is, particularly in scientific fields.

Time management abilities : Being successful in IB is all about finding the right balance.

Each of the six subjects has its own research project that necessitates countless hours of work as well as numerous revisions and adjustments.

Getting to know yourself as a learner  : We all learn differently, at different paces and with different tools.

Cons Of IB Schools

IB can be all-consuming, and sometimes with the distance, some IB graduates see the whole experience in a less positive light.  

Workload overload

Some of the work, the level of detail required, and the deadlines can be overwhelming, both in terms of volume and variety.

Because not everyone has the maturity to embrace these things, IB is simply not for everyone.


Because the majority of the work is research-based, it is possible to argue that subjectivity plays a large role in the IB academic approach, as opposed to other exam systems that are based on a more traditional teacher-student coursework model. 

The importance of final exams 

Most of your final IB grade is made up of your results in the end-of-programme exams.

This can be difficult for students who do not test well or cannot handle stressful situations.

Too all-encompassing

Because students must choose subjects from six distinct study areas, as well as complete the EE, Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and CAS, IB may be perceived as too broad for those who want to focus on a specific area in which they are already interested.

IB is not for everyone, but if you have made it through the last two years and have received or are eagerly awaiting your results, we wish you the best of luck!

Should I send my Kid to Private or Public School?

In terms of educational quality, the evidence strongly suggests that private schools provide their students with benefits that go beyond financial resources and the influence of family background. 

What this could be is still up for debate, but it is an important area for future research.

There are several areas where public and private schools may differ, including the quality and dedication of the teaching staff, the autonomy of the principal, and differences in curriculum and instruction.

One of the key factors in private schools’ superior performance appears to be improved discipline and order. 

It is obvious that the order or ethos prevalent in private schools creates an environment in which academic and other abilities are best fostered and valued.

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