Hi, regarding private schools in Adelaide, here are some of the ones I know about.
Annesley college- www.annesley.sa.edu.au - small girls school, near the centre of Adelaide. About 500 girls reception to yr 12. Junior school to gr 6, middle school gr7-9, seniors 10-12. Aim to get the best out of each girl. This school is a quiet achiever. Parents are usually both working, choose the school for its family atmosphere. As the school is small, the girls get a chance to be on the teams etc, . Opened a Performing arts stream about 3 yrs ago called studio. If the girls successfully audition for the dance or drama streams then they replace some lessons with their chosen field and can participate in the dance / musical theatre/ drama companies. Academically sound school. Very old fashioned about their uniform...(uniting church)
Walford Girls - www.walford.net.au Very academic, girls participate and do well in many competitions such as tournement of the minds , chess, etc. About 700 girls from reception to yr 12. The families I know who have daughters there are very happy with it. (anglican)
Seymour College - www.seymour.sa.edu.au about 800 girls reception to yr 12. Junior school - rec to yr 5, Middle yr 6 - yr 9, senior 10-12. Academic and sporting. Large grounds, a wide variety of subjects and opportunities.(uniting church)
St peter's girls - www.saintpetersgirls.sa.edu.au About 700 girls. Academic , music is good here, they have lots of opportunities for the girls. Girls participate in sport at a high level.(Anglican)
Wilderness - www.wilderness.com.au About 600 girls, academic and strong in music. Performing arts.
values leadership.( non denominational)
basically all these schools are strong academically, getting good results at yr 12 level, but also giving the girls a chance to broaden themselves. They all have a strong Parents and friends group that fund raises for the school, etc. Each school services a different type of people depending on what it is they are looking for in a school.
there are some Catholic girls schools...these tend to have cheaper fees because they get funding from the catholic church aswell as the government. Loreto College is the biggest, is well thought of and tries to educate not only the mind but also social awareness. In the centre of Adelaide there are St Aloysious College and st Mary's College. These are quiet achievers too, taking in a wide variety of girls, and refugees.
Coed schools ...
St Johns Grammar www.stjohns.sa.edu , Montessori -yr 12. Based in belair most of the kids come from the surrounding hills suburbs, but a few travel up from the other suburbs.last years yr 12s did extremely well. They are also held in good regard by other privare schools. senior school has only been going about 10 yrs. Aim to emphasise inclusion and education of the whole child rather than just the bright sparks.
pembroke school www.pembroke.sa.edu.au , rec-6, 7 - 10, 11-12. very strong in music, very popular. about 1400 children. Orchestra recently toured in china and US. Academic offering SACE and IB. Hard to get into, but places do crop up, particularly if you have just moved here.(non-denominational)
scotch college www.scotch.sa.edu.au , the most expensive school in Adelaide, lovely pristine grounds, excellent outdoor ed programme. Academic. Performing arts sub school.
Pulteney Grammar www.pulteney.sa.edu.au . Good allround school, embracing every student. Only became coed about 6 or 7 yrs ago. Music is big here.(anglican)
Mercedes college - very popular catholic college offering IB aswell as SACE, again places are limited.
Cabra College - 1200 students gr6-12, offers large variety of subjects and an amazing array of music musical extras. (catholic)
Concordia College - very strict but fair school, aims to educate the whole person, starts the day with chapel. Good results. music is big here and sport.(lutheren)begins at gr 7
Immanuel College - another Lutheren school. Every child has to participate in a sport and a co curricular subject. Very strong in sport. IB programme for middle school. Begins at gr7. Excellent facilities.
well hope I haven't bored you. Sorry to those schools I haven't listed, but I don't know anyone there. I only listed school I have personal knowledge of .
Of course there are some very rigourous state school too.
If you come and decide for private school, most schools will let your daughter come for a day to try it out and mix with the other students.
The South Australian SACE is recognised internationally for entrance into universities. Australia has developed its own education system that meets its needs. You will find it different to the English system, but if you are going to settle here then this is where your children will grow up. Australia attracts many full fee paying students from other countries into its universities and government schools.
Sorry but its the biggest trap when you relocate and then compare with the old country.