Queensland School System



Queensland schools are committed to providing the skills, values and knowledge students need for lifelong learning, employment and to participate in society.

Parents can choose to enrol their children in particular types of schools:

•    Queensland state (public) schools
•    Independent schools
•    Catholic schools.

(International programs are delivered through Education Queensland International)


Schooling in Queensland starts with a preparatory or Prep Year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school.

Over the 13 years of schooling, students’ studies are focused on the following learning areas:

English, mathematics, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, technology, personal development, health and physical education, and languages other than English (ESL).

Many Queensland schools also offer English language support to international students.

Contact your school to find out what kind of English language support is available.

Prep Year

The Prep Year is a 1 year (full-time) program available to children in the year before they start primary school.

Students are encouraged to engage all five senses to form a solid foundation in social, motor, literacy and numeracy skills.

Primary school

Students form foundational skills and knowledge based on the Curriculum.

Students are educated from Year 1 to 6.

Secondary school

Secondary or high school is the final period of compulsory education for Queensland students.

Students are educated from Year 7 to 12.

The senior years of education (Year 10–12) are very important for students wishing to progress to university or further study.


Students who have completed all 12 years of compulsory education from Year 1 to 12 will be eligible to qualify for the Queensland Certificate of Education.

An Overall Position (OP) is also awarded to eligible students and contributes to a student’s university eligibility. However from 2019, the current senior assessment system will transition from OP to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  It will commence with students entering Year 11 in 2019, meaning

The first students to receive an ATAR instead of an OP will graduate from Year 12 in 2020.


Students are assessed on their performance through tasks including: written assignments, oral presentations, practical exercises and demonstrations, texts and examinations, and subject specific tasks.

More at www.qld.gov.au/education


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