This is largely true except my school doesn't have written tests. You do have an interview with the head of school but I'm told 1 in 1000 wouldn't then go on to be offered a place.Ah ok, I'm sorry you have had that experience, and also sorry that you've had to defend your choice. What a strange thing to do have to.. Obviously parents choices are based on what is best for their children and their family. What is there to defend?
On the topic of how students are selected for private placement, I did a little investigating and it looks like the waiting list is only the first stage. I'm not sure how reliable this information is, but here is the usual process, according to this site: https://www.schoolplaces.com.au/arti...olment-process
Applying for a school.
The start of the enrolment process is often the most complicated step for parents. While some schools don’t have a waitlist for prospective students (meaning they accept students on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis), other schools do.
It’s important to note, that a waitlist is often a reflection of parents’ demand for a particular year level at a school and doesn’t necessarily mean its quality of teaching is superior to schools without one. Waitlists are mainly used for key intake years such as pre-grade 1 (Prep/Kinder/Reception) or Year 7. For those year levels, getting your child’s name down early on a waitlist can be an advantage. Expect to pay a waitlist fee and to wait until around two years out from the enrolment year before receiving an admission offer. As there’s no guarantee a child on a waitlist will receive an admission offer, many parents opt to play it safe and put their child’s name down at multiple schools.
If you didn’t manage to register your child on a waitlist upon leaving hospital after their birth, don’t panic! There are other options to consider. Sometimes enrolling your child in an earlier or later year level, where there may be less demand, is a way to secure a spot at the same school. Doing a quick search on School Places will also reveal which schools in your area may have last minute, unexpected vacancies that they’re looking to fill for the year level that you’re after.
The next step is to prepare for the enrolment form completion. For this, parents need to collect and submit copies of their child’s key documents, such as a birth certificate, immunisation records and sometimes baptism certificates, if the private school is affiliated with a religion. This will kick start the next round of the enrolment process - interviewing and testing.
Interviewing and Testing.
In order to process a student’s application, a school will invite the student to attend a personal interview and, depending on the school and the intake year, sit a series of tests.
For students entering primary school, it may simply be a basic Q&A session with your child. For children of this age, schools are generally looking for language abilities to help them identify whether the child may require education assistance.
For students entering secondary school, this step is a more rigorous process. Aside from reviewing the student’s past academic records and evaluating their interests, the school may expect all applicants to complete written tests, aptitude tests, language tests and numeric reasoning tests.
Students entering secondary school years will be interviewed, too. During this step, schools examine the general presentation of a student - if they are well-spoken, can converse and if they fit in well with the school’s culture.
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13-04-2016 16:12 #171
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I want to clarify - I do not have an issue if someone chooses private over public.
I will most likely send my DS (and probably DD) to the local primary school. It is a good school (I did also ask 100000 questions to a teacher friend who had a placement there a few years ago) and has lots of community involvement. And it literally is on the street behind us.
For high school I am not sure. The public high school currently has a good reputation and does well. Has good facilities etc etc. But I do want to see how DS goes in primary school first.
I am not a fan of the private schools in my immediate area. But things can change in the next 7 years or so.
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13-04-2016 17:48 #175
Taxpayers fund private school orchestra pits and swimming pools...
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13-04-2016 18:39 #176
I think that status might be a part for the super elite schools but the run of Mill private school it isn't really a big deal.
Our school are a large number of single mums on pensions, low income families like us and than some people regular income people, than we do have some High income earners but they aren't the biggest subset.
For most people at our school it's the faith. They wanted a independent Christian school.
13-04-2016 19:06 #177
In high school I attended an elite private girls' school and then a standard state school. Whilst I fully admit that my views are tainted by my own awful experiences of the private school I recognise that my experiences are not typical. My parents sent me there "because it was the sort of school that you can say, 'I went to school with that person' in years to come".
Whilst there is more likelihood that the Blue Wiggle will be the next PM than me to send my children to a private school that doesn't mean I judge those that do, we all do what we believe is in the best interest of our children. In years to come DH and I may consider sending DS to a local Academy that specialising in maths and science as DS is proving to be very strong in this area so I may be eating my words...
Finally, just to re-emphasise, the most significant point of the article posted was the ridiculous differences in resources and facilities between elite private schools and local state schools. DD started prep this year and they often run out of soap in the prep toilets. Soap. Meanwhile another school has a new hall with an orchestra pit. It just doesn't seem right.
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