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Huntingtower, Carey Baptist, Caulfield Grammar, The Knox School, Emmaus College, Kingswood College

Hi, moving to Melbourne and looking for a co-ed private school for my son who will be in year 10 next year. Does anyone have information on these schools - positive atmosphere, strong academics, quality teaching, alcohol/drug issues etc. I have read the related threads but was hoping for specific info on these schools? Alternatively, I am looking at Camberwell, Balwyn and Kew high schools. They all have good VCE results (especially Balwyn) but I'm wondering how much of that is those hard-working international students/advanced learning program kids bringing up the average, or do they really have quality teaching?
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Tea 2yrs+
I've got my kids on the list for Huntingtower (I hear its not that easy to get into), its ranked as one of the top 10 co-educational schools in the state and a few people I know that went there said it was a fabulous school - not as large as some of the other big private ones. I am just starting to look at Emmaus, its much cheaper (being catholic) , but its also one of the few co-educational catholic schools so would be interested in hearing what others think of it. The others on the list are probably out of my price range - especially Carey and Caulfield. My kids are only just starting prep!, but I imagine by the time they get to high school Huntingtower will cost the same as what Caulfield Grammar costs today given the rate that fees are going up.
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nla 2yrs+
thanks Tea for your input. I'll definitely try for Huntingtower! Good luck with your little ones!
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o0Shaz0o 2yrs+
Balwyn has a very good reputation from what I have heard and my undertsanding is they do have an advanced learning program and possibly a selection process from my memory when I was in school. I would definetly have it on my schools to check list.
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ved 2yrs+
hi, I have put my 3 boys into Kingswood this year (junior school) and have been extremely impressed so far. We have found it to be a warm friendly, nurturing environment. The teachers have made every effort to get to know each of our boys and welcome them into the community. We also looked at Huntingtower but there was a religous element we weren't entirely comfortable with- I'm told they don't push it, but we felt more comfortable with a mainstream christian school. We have found the existing students to be kind, courteous and well mannered. I consider the fees to be moderate in comparison to the other schools you have listed- certainly not cheap, but I do feel a lot is offered for the money. Two of my boys are quite academic, and a lot is offered to them but not pushed down their throat. They have various groups available to join during lunchtimes if desired. I love that there is no compulsory saturday sports, but they do value sports and sporting achievements. Overall, I'd recommend a closer look- we couldn't be happier. Good luck!
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hol2481 Nov 07, 2016
My child is at Huntingtower school and she loves it. Huntingtower is upgrading there facilities with a new V.C.E centre new middle years centre and a very modern new PAC. Though there is a religious side to the school they don't push it that much it's more about teaching children about how to handle life "mindfully" and "respectively" as every firdah for half a period the children Learn how to be great full and how to use growth mind set by doing a program called the resilience project it really improved my child's mental health. The school also starts exams from year 7 so they know how to cope with VCE as they push for the children to do a subject in year 10. Overall it's a fantastic school.

Good luck school hunting!
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