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North Shore School Guide: Private Co-ed Schools

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Looking for co-ed private schools on the North Shore for your child? Choosing a school for your child is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a parent. No pressure, right? To help you with this big decision, we’ve compiled a Co-ed North Shore Private School Guide, which showcases a huge range of private schools. We’re bringing you all the key facts you might need to help compile a list of schools you’d like to visit.

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Barker College, Hornsby

About Barker College

Barker College is an Anglican coeducational school. In 2021 they celebrate the fact that their entire Senior School, two thirds of their Middle School and virtually all of their Junior School, is now coeducational.

There are two distinct differences at Barker College. One is that it’s a school that deliberately and intentionally allows people to thrive in a holistic sense – emotionally, physiologically, physically, academically.

The second thing is that they have a firm coeducational identity and a firm expression of that. It’s a view that everybody can find a place and thrive irrespective of interests, skillset or capacity and be committed to doing that in a way that brings young men and young women together for the proper expression of human interaction and identity.

  • Ages: Prep/Pre-school – Year 12
  • Gender:  Co-ed
  • Religion: Anglican
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Extracurricular activities offered: The experience inside the classroom is only one part of a Barker education. Co-curricular activities deepen the school experience for all their students, and from the arts to the sporting field, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and uncover their talents. For Pre-K to Year 6 students they offer a broad range of sporting, cultural and recreational co-curricular activities. Throughout years 7 to 12, their students have even greater opportunities to pursue their passions. As well as Drama, Music, Cadets and over 20 different sports, Barker students can challenge themselves in the areas of robotics, debating and public speaking.
  • Notable Alumni: Peter Garrett, Philip Ruddock, Alyssa Healy
  • Transport Options:
    • Train: A short walk from Hornsby and Waitara stations
    • Private Bus: Daily chartered bus service from the Northern Beaches, Lower North Shore, Galston, Terrey Hills, St Ives, Balgowlah and Bayview
  • Scholarships: Each year Barker offers a number of Scholarships for secondary students. These include Academic and Music Scholarships for Year 7 and Year 10, as well as Boarding scholarships for students entering Year 10. The Scholarship exam is held in November each year for Year 7 scholarships and in April for Year 10 scholarships.
  • Fees: $22,500 (Pre-K) – $34,050 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

Barker College Open Days & Tours

Online tours with a senior member of staff will be held:

  • Prep/JS School: Tuesday 23 February | Wednesday 10 March (on campus tour) | Tuesday 30 March
  • Middle School: Friday 5 March | Monday 22 March (on campus tour) | Thursday 25 March

Please book here.

Contact Barker College

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John Colet School, Belrose

About John Colet School

John Colet School’s foundational education prepares students for the wonders & challenges they’ll face in life. Their unique Primary School education is based on principles of academic excellence, rich cultural curriculum, spiritual values & character development. An annual Shakespeare Festival is a highlight for all with its core academic skills. Students are taught within a caring, supporting environment of trust & stay with their class teachers for 2-3 years for stability and connection. A daily vegetarian lunch is also provided.

Their focused teaching, proven methodology & effective delivery of NSW’s curriculum has consistently placed them among top-ranking primary schools in Australia. The success of their program is seen in the result of happy, motivated children who see themselves as part of a community.

  • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 6
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Religion: Multi-faith
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Sailing, tennis, fencing, chess, music tuition, ensemble, yoga, classical and modern languages and gardening. Swimming lessons are provided during school time. All students learn choral singing and music notation. The children take part in all sorts of outside competitions – such as singing eisteddfods, inter-school debating or sport, or inter school chess championships.
  • Transport Options: Students are escorted to bus stops and put on school buses safely
    • Morning public buses – Route 284 from Chatswood and Forestville, Route 110 from Neutral bay, Mosman and Seaforth, Route 270 from City via Forestville
    • Afternoon public buses – Route 283 to Chatswood via Forestville, Route 230 to Allambie Heights, Route 276 to Warringah Mall, Route 270 to Terrey Hills, Route 270 to Gordon via St Ives, Route 270 to City via Roseville Bridge, Route 265 to Seaforth, Mosman and Neutral Bay
  • Fees: $14,590 (Infants) – $15,470  (Year 6)

John Colet School Open Days & Tours

  • School tours: They currently offer 45 minute, personal tours of the school with their Headmaster Julian Wilcock.

Contact John Colet School

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    Wahroonga Preparatory School

    About Wahroonga Preparatory School

    Wahroonga Preparatory School’s educational philosophy is based upon the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. Developed in Italy by Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia values each child as a strong, capable and resilient learner, with wonder and a passion for learning.

    At Wahroonga Preparatory, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and explore topics of interest to them through inquiry-based learning.

    The school uses a constructivist approach, developing strong general knowledge to build deep conceptual understanding.

    • Ages: Preschool – Year 6
    • Gender: Co-ed
    • Religion: Uniting Church
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Sport: Weekly outdoor sports activities, weekly PDHPE lessons
      • Performing Arts: Compulsory choir program for all years, and weekly strings program for Year 1 and Year 2. Optional concert band, string ensemble, recorder ensembles and a vocal ensemble. Ono-on-one instrument lessons available at extra cost. Specialist ballet and dance classes and extra language classes can also be taken at extra cost after school.
      • Clubs: Students from Kindergarten upwards can join our student clubs, which include Lego robotics, arts and craft, technology, music technology, board games, recorder and much more.
    • Transport Options:
      • Train: a short walk from Wahroonga Station.
    • Scholarships: No
    • Fees: $16,600 (Pre-Kindergarten) – $14,700 (Years K-6).

    Wahroonga Preparatory Open Days & Tours

      Contact Wahroonga Preparatory School

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      Northern Beaches Christian School, Terrey Hills

      About Northern Beaches Christian School

      At Northern Beaches Christian School, their mission is Excellence in Education and their vision is Love Learning. Their hope is that together they can build an enriching school community that inspires a love of learning and the growth of their students. This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary!

      Within their world class facilities, they expect a positive learning culture, a safe, welcoming environment, wise use of technology, positive communication and a nurturing Christian community. Their aim is to offer consistent and high expectations for their students and provide them with the resources to meet these expectations. Their aim is to develop a culture that brings out the best in their students – in their learning, in their character, in the opportunities they take, the friendships they develop, and in understanding the message of the God who loves them.

      • Ages:  K-12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Christian
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered: Sport, Music, Performing Arts, Creative Workshops, STEM and Academic Workshops, Outdoor Education, Global Opportunities and more.
      • Transport Options:
        • Public Bus: three services connect NBCS to Northern Beaches, North Shore and other areas of Sydney. More information.
      • Fees: $9,510 (Kindergarten) to $17,630 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

      Northern Beaches Christian School Open Days & Tours

      • School Tours: Take a virtual school tour here.
      • Open Days: They also host intimate Explore Kindy Mornings for parents and their preschool aged children. This provides the opportunity to experience the fun of NBCS Kindy together, and meet their Head of Primary and Kindergarten staff. More here.

      Contact Northern Beaches Christian School

      • Address: 1 Echunga Road, Terrey HIlls NSW 2084
      • Email: [email protected]
      • Phone: (02) 9450 1311
      • Northern Beaches Christian School

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      Masada College, St Ives

      About Masada College

      Located in St Ives, Masada College is an independent Jewish co-educational school from Preschool to Year 12. Students from all backgrounds are welcomed to the College, which prides itself on inclusivity. The College develops independent thinkers, through Culture of Thinking pedagogy and ensures students reach their potential through support and individual learning plans. Masada College has HSC results consistently in the top schools in NSW.

      The College’s educational mission is to raise responsible individual thinkers with a strong sense of social justice and confidence in their ability to determine their own future.

      • Ages: Prep – Year 12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Jewish Day School that welcomes students from all backgrounds
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered: Choir, Band, Instrumental Ensembles, Dancing, Netball, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Rugby, Rugby League, Athletics, Fitness, Futsal, Cricket, Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Softball, Squash, Oz Tag, Chinese, Drama, Junior Engineers, Chess, Lego/Board Games, Homework Club, Debating, Public Speaking, Duke of Edinburgh, Camp Sababa, Da Vinci Decathlon, Tech Crew, Charity Committee and Chesed Program
      • Transport Options:
        • Private Bus: Travels from Lane Cove through Castle Cove, and along the North Shore line.
        • Public Bus: Service available from Gordon & Killara train station, from Shoreline and Forest Coach Lines
      • Scholarships: 
        • Year 5 and 6 (Academic and All-Rounder): 50% discount on tuition fees until the completion of Year 8. Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by the College Principal and Head of Junior School.
        • Year 7 2022 Scholarship (Academic & All-Rounder): 50% discount on tuition fees from Years 7 to 10.  Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by the College Principal and Head of Senior School.
        • Year 10 Academic Scholarship: 50% discount on tuition fees from Years 10 to 12. Open to external students only. Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by the College Principal and Head of Senior School.
        • Hebrew Scholarship: Offered to Junior and/or Senior who have a passion for Hebrew.
        • Testing for all Masada scholarships will be held on 28 April at the College.
        • For further information about the scholarship process, please contact Karen Forrai at [email protected] or 9449 3744
      • Fees: $14,842 (Kindergarten) – $27,774 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

      Masada College Open Days & Tours

      • School Tours: To book a personalised tour, contact Karen Forrai on [email protected] or 9449 3774.

      Contact Masada College

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      Sydney Japanese International School, Terrey Hills

      About Sydney Japanese International School

      The Sydney Japanese International School is a bicultural, non-denominational school situated in the leafy suburb of Terrey Hills on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney. They invite ALL nationalities to their school to participate in a world-class education rich in Japanese culture and virtues.

      They offer parents the choice between two divisions, each offering a separate curriculum: the International Division, offering the Australian curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 6, and the Japanese Division, teaching the curriculum as currently taught in Japan for Year 1 – 9. Two curriculums on one campus work towards the same vision.

      Their school nurtures academic excellence, encourages active participation and fosters a culture of acceptance.

      • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 9
      • Gender:  Co-ed
      • Religion: Non-denominational
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered: Karate, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Calligraphy Club, Guitar Club, Basketball, Soccer, Multi-sports, Tea Ceremony Club
      • Transport Options:
      • Fees: $11,280 (K) – $11,680 (Year 9). View fee schedule.

      Sydney Japanese International School Open Days & Tours

      Contact Sydney Japanese International School

      German International School Sydney

      About German International School Sydney

      Founded in 1989, the German International School Sydney (GISS) offers a complete multilingual school education system from Preschool to Year 12 combining the curriculum of both the New South Wales syllabus and the German State Thuringen, following the NSW school calendar year.

      Years 11 & 12 students have the opportunity to embrace the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) recognised worldwide as the best pre-university programme currently available.

      Students may be enrolled without prior knowledge of the German language, as the school’s content and language integrated learning methods allows students to be taught according to their individual language skills set. GISS’ vision is to enable your child to live a fulfilled life in tomorrow’s modern and rapidly changing global society.

      GISS offers on-campus After School Care for Kindy to Year 6 students daily from 3.15 to 6pm. Various activities such as construction, creative arts, DIY projects, science experiments, cooking, and sporting activities will enable the children to explore their creativity and develop new skills. More info.

      • Ages: Preschool – Year 12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Non denominational
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered: Outside the classroom, students can choose to participate in a variety of sporting activities including African Drumming, Taekwondo, Drama, Soccer, Tennis, Yulunga & Adventure Sports, Chess, Mandarin, School Band, Little Scientists, Table Tennis, School Garden, Out & About, Wind Instruments, Art, Creative Dance; Games, Art & Craft.
      • Transport Options: In addition to TransportNSW’s Terrey Hills to City route, GISS offers eight daily bus services which pick up and drop off at the School gates. Open to all GISS students from Preschool to Year 12, the Manly Express, Northern Beaches Flyer, Pittwater Express, Chatswood Chaser and Mosman Mover service suburbs north of the CBD, while the Ryde Glider, Hills Express and River Runner service ensure all roads lead to GISS. See timetable here.
      • Scholarships: GISS offers a local scholarship for the duration of the 2-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB Year 11 and 12).
      • Annual Fees: $12,400 (Kindergarten) – $20,400 – $25,500 (International Baccalaureate)

      German International School Sydney Open Days & Tours

      • Open Days: Saturday 13 March & Saturday 28 August, 1pm-3.30pm. Register here.
      • School Tours: Thursday 20 May, 9am-12.30pm

      Contact German International School Sydney

      Hills Grammar, Kenthurst

      About Hills Grammar

      Hills Grammar is a contemporary, independent, co-educational school without religious bias. Set on 53.4 acres of landscaped and bushland grounds, boys and girls from pre-kinder to Year 12 enjoy an extraordinary learning environment on one beautiful campus. Opportunities offered in the academic, co-curricular and student wellbeing programs reflect their vision of Extraordinary Education: Extraordinary Individuals.

      They recognise that quality staff are key to a quality education and, as an employer of choice, ‘Hills’ attracts and retains highly qualified and dedicated teachers.

      Excellent staff, exceptional facilities, small class sizes and recognition of the parent-school partnership combine to make Hills Grammar the perfect learning environment to nurture confident and creative students.

      • Ages: Prep/Pre-school – Year 12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Non-denominational
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered: The Co-Curricular program is an integral part of the whole School Curriculum. It provides wonderful opportunities for students to further develop their skills and interests across a broad range of activities including:
        • Sport: Soccer, cricket, tennis, touch football, volleyball, swimming, netball, basketball, taekwondo, athletics, cross-country, surf life-saving, rugby, fencing, weight training, boot camp. Students also train for a broad range of inter-school team competitions
        • Creative: music, debating, drama, choirs, orchestra, string ensemble, band, service learning, musicals, dance, cake decorating, photography,
        • Plus ski trip, sailing trip, creative thinking and problem solving, environment clubs and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
      • Notable Alumni: Joel Edgerton (Class of 1991), Robert Ovadia (Class of 1990), Delta Goodrem (Class of 2002), Dr Amelia Hynen (Class of 2008), Rebecca James (Class of 1992), James Dive (Class of 1996)
      • Transport Options: 
        • Train: 15 minutes from the Sydney Metro Station
        • Private Bus: Dedicated Hills Grammar bus service
        • Local Bus: Serviced by local buses
      • Scholarships: To be considered for a Hills Grammar Scholarship, applicants must either be a current Hills Grammar Year 5 or 9 student or ideally have a paid application lodged with the School for Year 7 or 11. All applicants are required to sit a Scholarship test. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an audition where relevant plus a Scholarship Interview.
      • Fees: $17,900 (Kindergarten) – $25,680 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

      Hills Grammar Open Days & Tours

      • Open Day: Friday 19 March, 2021
      • School Tour: Do a virtual tour.

      Contact Hills Grammar

      St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga

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      St Leo’s

      About St Leo’s Catholic College

      St Leo’s Catholic College is a secondary Catholic school located on six hectares in the North Shore leafy suburb of Wahroonga. It is the only co-educational Catholic secondary school on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. St Leo’s is a caring, inclusive community renowned for pastoral care, with a strong emphasis on knowing each student and growing their unique potential. With an innovative learning environment, consistently strong academic results, a personalised approach, strong sporting culture and a wide range of co-curricular offerings, St Leo’s aims to help students find their passion and develop their talents so that they can shape and change the world for the better. We are truly committed to developing the ‘whole person’ through our focus on the St Leo’s ‘Growth Domains’.

      A newly completed $25 million campus upgrade includes a state-of-the-art centre for Creative and Performing Arts, Technology and Hospitality with drama and dance theatre, art gallery and studios, specialty music rooms, two commercial grade kitchens and TAS workshops, adding to the new resource centre, refurbished Chapel and outdoor spaces. With an extensive STEM program including robotics, AR/VR and drone workshops with industry partners, unique Pathways Program to assist students transition from school and a custom online learning platform with online portfolios for all students, St Leo’s is forging a new path in Catholic education.

      • Ages: Year 7 – Year 12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Catholic
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities offered:
        • Sport: ‘Sport for Life’ program for all students and a range of representative opportunities available in a variety of sports.
        • CAPA: Currently 20 different co-curricular ensembles and programs across music, art, drama and dance as well as regular concerts/performances and an annual musical/drama production.
        • Other: Pathways Program; Debating and Public Speaking; Outdoor Education, Retreat and Peer Support Programs; Community Tutoring Program; VEX Robotics; Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; Environmental Group; sports and games clubs; global sporting and immersion experiences; a broad social justice program and more.
      • Transport Options:
        • Train: Located walking distance to Wahroonga and Waitara stations.
        • Bus: Public bus options available.
      • Scholarships: No
      • Fees: $7,231 (Year 7) – $7,426 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

      St Leo’s Catholic College Open Days & Tours

      • Open Day: Tuesday 16 March, 4pm-7pm
      • School Tours: Contact the school to arrange a private tour

      Contact St Leo’s Catholic College


      Oxford Falls Grammar School

      About Oxford Falls Grammar School

      Take a fresh look at Oxford Falls Grammar, with their contemporary new uniforms, including a K-2 play-based uniform. Their newly built open learning Kindy classrooms and flexible Senior School classrooms inspire a love of learning, creativity and collaboration. As a co-educational Christian school from Kindergarten – Year 12, transitioning through each educational stage is simplified with one campus and dedicated facilities for K-2, Years 3-6 and Years 7 – 12. Their robust academic program delivers a rich learning experience for each student, challenging and promoting their intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth.

      • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
      • Gender: Co-ed
      • Religion: Christian
      • Boarding: No
      • Extracurricular activities: A wide variety of co-curricular activities are offered to extend and develop boys and girls individual interests and passions beyond the classroom. The activities extend across Basketball, Football & Tennis Academies, Cricket, Rugby, AFL, Futsal, Netball, Hockey, Softball, Swimming, Athletics, Chess, Debating, Mandarin, Duke of Edinburgh, Dance, Music, Drama. View the Co-Curricular Booklet to see what’s offered.
      • Notable Alumni: Remy Siemsen (Australian Soccer player), Charlotte Best (Actor), Chloe Dalton (Olympic Athlete), Anneliese Rubie (Olympic Athlete)
      • Transport Options: School buses operate from Chatswood and Pymble Train Stations, St Ives Shops, East Roseville & Killarney Heights. An extensive bus service runs across all the Northern Beaches suburbs.
      • Scholarships:
        • Academic Scholarships for Year 7 entry
        • Academic Scholarships for Year 11 entry 2022, registrations close 22 March 2021.
      • Fees: $9,388 (Kindergarten) – $18,468 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

      Oxford Falls Grammar School Open Days & Tours

      • School Tours: Bespoke and small group tours for Kindy and Junior School will run Tuesday 9 & 23 March, 9.30-10.30am. Book here.
      • Personalised Junior and Senior school tours available Monday – Friday, 9am-11am. Please email for bookings.
      • Take a virtual tour anytime of the day

      Contact Oxford Falls Grammar School

      More North Shore co-ed schools

      Arden Anglican SchoolBeecroft
      Covenant Christian SchoolBelrose
      Macquarie Grammar SchoolSydney CBD
      Marist Catholic College North ShoreNorth Sydney
      Northholm GrammarArcadia
      Oakhill CollegeCastle Hill
      Pacific Hills Christian SchoolDural
      Pittwater HouseCollaroy
      St Andrew’s Cathedral SchoolSydney CBD
      Sydney Japanese International SchoolTerrey Hills
      Wahroonga Adventist SchoolWahroonga

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      North Shore Catholic Primary School Guide

      North Shore Montessori & Steiner School Guide

      North Shore Public School Guide

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