And the fact remains, the public schools topping the list you linked are selective schools - schools that select children based on excellence and giftedness. By definition they select the top performing and most capable students. Given private schools don't just 'select' students on academic ability they are unlikely to out score selective schools academically.
Private schools may very well offer better academic outcomes for regular students than a local public school and that may be why some parents choose to send their children. But I'd never expect them to compete with academically selective schools and am surprised anyone would.
I'd hazard a guess though that people spending upwards of $20k per child on private education isn't just after academic achievement for their child. They want the facilities, the community, the experiences and the connections.
As a non-native Sydney person I'm constantly amazed at the emphasis Sydney people place on what school someone went to. A person can have multiple degrees, have been a Rhodes Scholar and had twenty years of high level corporate experience and STILL get asked what school they went to. It's remarkable.
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12-10-2013 22:25 #101Senior Member
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Can I ask with the selective schools are they still required to take students from the catchment on a non selective basis? I attended a selective school many moons ago but the school was still obliged to accept any student who lived in the catchment so it was only selective if you were outside. There are still selective schools in Melbourne that operate on a similar system.
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13-10-2013 00:52 #107
I went public, primary and high school.. Im a trained/qualified childcare worker (now a sahm)
some of my friends who I went right through with... Childcare, abitoires, mechanics, i.t. Something or others...
a family friend went all private... She milks cows.
Our public high school didn't have the best rep. I actually didn't want to go there, I wanted private, worked myself into such a state I had a migraine the night before.... But now im glad I did, I had a blast!
For the record, the public school offered 3-4 times as many subject choices than the others, we often had private students transferring in yrs 10/11.
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13-10-2013 05:11 #108
ETA this paragraph. I've been thinking about this and my current best friend who I've known for over 5 years (met her at mothers' group after my first was born) and I don't even know which high school she went to. There are 7 of us who still keep in touch from mothers' group and out of all of them, I only know which school one went to. It just doesn't matter.
Will your child go private or public?
And I do believe parents choose a private school for academics. Vast majority of parents of private school students would expect their kids to go to university. Community, facilities and dare I say it, even connections don't get you into university.
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13-10-2013 05:55 #110
My brother and I went to public schools for primary and junior high school.
For our senior years we went to a private boarding school as we lived rurally.
It definitely gave us more opportunites not just academically but a lot more experiences became available to us.
My brother is an accountant who works as a finance Director overseas and I became a lawyer.
Our eldest goes to a state school currently and it's fabulous with a lovely school community. There are a lot more options available in the city so for later years we are open to finding schools which best suit our children whether they are private or public.
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