2021 Top 10 Most Expensive Schools in Australia

This article seeks to address the 2021 top 10 most expensive schools in Australia. The Australian Newspaper recently reported that Melbourne is the most expensive city in Australia to privately educate your child.  The average overall cost to educate a child in a private school in Victoria is $536,683, with Sydney and Hobart coming in close behind.

With learner-friendly curriculum and extra-curricular activities, each student that goes through these institutions comes out as a brilliant mind, ready to make the world a better place. Below is a comprehensive list of the 10 most expensive schools in Australia.

2021 Top 10 Most expensive Schools in Australia

1. Geelong Grammar School

Location: Geelong VIC

Cost per Year: $39,300.00

Geelong Grammar School is the most expensive school in AustraliaAs much as its fee is close to AU$39,300, the amount of knowledge and skill that comes out of this school is incredible.

Day Student Fee for a Year 12 Student:  $39,300.00 per annum

Location:  Corio VIC

Famous past students include:

  • Rupert Murdoch (Media Proprietor)
  • John Fairfax (Media Proprietor)
  • Kerry Packer (Publishing Tycoon)
  • Portia de Rossi (Actress and wife of Ellen Degeneres)
  • Missy Higgins, (singer, songwriter)
  • Alexander Downer (Politician)
  • Malcolm Fraser (former Prime Minister of Australia)
  • Sam Newman (former Geelong Footballer)

2. Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School

Location: Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Cost Per Year: $38,032.00

As much as its school fees averages at approximately AU$38,032 per annum (figures correct as of October 2018).  There are numerous scholarships that can be applied for and won on the basis of competence and performance. There is also a trust fund that parents and other members of the SCEGGS community can join to help maintain the school’s independence.

Day Student Fee for a Year 12 Student: $38,032.00 per annum

Famous Ex Students Include:

  • Claudia Karvan (Australian Actress)
  • Dr Joan Freeman (Nuclear Physicist)
  • Margaret Whitlam (Champion Swimmer and wife of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam)
  • Blanche d’Alpuget, Bob Hawke’s second wife
  • Pamela Stephenson, Comedian and wife of Billy Connolly

3. Ascham School

Location: Sydney NSW

Cost Per Year: $34,500.00

The school boasts a state of the art theatre, an indoor heated pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and playing fields.  It also has three libraries.

Just to confirm a place at Ascham School will set you back a $6000 acceptance fee.

Location: Edgecliff, NSW

Size: 1200

Type: All Girls School

Day school fee for Year 12 Student $34,500.00 per annum

Boarding school fee for Year 12 Student $58,900.00 per annum

Famous students that attended Ascham School include:

  • Mia Freedman (Editor of Mamamia)
  • Poppy Montgomery (Actress)

4. Cranbrook School

Location: Sydney NSW

Cost per Year: $37,230.00

Cranbrook in Sydney’s East is one of THE most expensive schools in the whole of Australia.  Senior School Fees for an average year 12 student who is also boarding will cost $69,705 per year.  Non-boarding year 12 students will pay $37,230 per annum.

The school has a vast 100-year history and caters for boys from preschool through to year 12.

Day Student Fee for Year 12 Student:  $37,230.00 per annum.

Famous students that attended the prestigious school include:

  • Garry McDonald (the Actor that portrayed Norman Gunston in Mother & Son)
  • David Griffin – ex-Lord Mayor of Sydney
  • David Gyngell – CEO of Channel Nine
  • James Packer – Chairman of CPH Investments and Crown Limited
  • Kerry Packer – Former media tycoon.

5. The Scots College

Location: Sydney NSW

Cost Per Year: $33,098.00

This K-12 Presbyterian boys’ school offers admissions for a day, boarder and international students at a fee averaging AU$33,098. Through diverse learning opportunities, it is ensured that high moral values are upheld even as the child grows into an adult.

Day Student Fee for a Year 12 Student: $33,098.00 per annum.

Location: Bellevue Hill, NSW

Size:  1100 students

Famous ex-students:

  • Lee Freedman (horse trainer)
  • Charlie Teo (Neurosurgeon)
  • Peter Dowding (former Premier of Western Australia)

6. Sydney Grammar School

Location: Sydney NSW

Cost Per Year: $35,241.00

Fees at this school cost an average of $35,241 but this is surely a million-dollar investment for any parent, through their children.

Day Student Fee for a Year 12 Student: $35,241.00 per annum

Type:  Boys School

Location: Darlinghurst NSW

Famous Former Students Include:

  • Sir Edmund Barton, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Banjo Paterson, poet and author

7. Melbourne Girls Grammar

Location: Melbourne VIC

Cost per Year:  $35,288.00

With school fees of up to AU$35,288.00 and is reputed to be the best girl’s schools in Austral

Day student fee for a Year 12 student: $35,288.00 per annum.

Type: All Girls School

Famous Past Students Include:

  • Yumi Styles (television presenter)
  • Stephanie McIntosh (actor of Neighbours)
  • Sally Walker – Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University

8. Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Location: Melbourne VIC

Cost Per Year:  $30,960.00

School fees average to AU$30,960, but since PLC is a place where every girl is moulded into a confident and esteemed woman with integrity as the key value, you could confidently part with the amount.

Day student fees for Year 12 Student: $30,960.00

Boarding student fee for Year 12 Student $58,662.00 per annum

Type: All girls

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Famous past students include:

  • Rachel Corbett
  • Dr Kathleen Cunningham
  • Jessie Strahorn Aspinall
  • Katherine-Anne Stewart

9. Trinity Grammar School

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Cost per Year: $33,604.00

Day school fees for Year 12 student: $31,630.00 per annum.

Boarding school fees for Year 12 student $59,060.00 per annum.

Location: Summer Hill, VIC

Famous past students include:

  • Andrew Gordon, Executive Chairman of the WIN Corporation Pty Ltd
  • Marc Fennell, Presenter of Triple J
  • Angus Sampson, Actor
  • Akmal Saleh, comedian

10. Haileybury College

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Cost per Year: $31,025.00

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Its school fees are approximately AU$31,025.00 for day school only with International students paying $42,225.00 per annum (fees correct as of May 2018)

Location: Brighton VIC

Type:  Mixed students

Famous Ex Students Include:

  • Kim Dalton, Head of ABC Television
  • Ross Wilson, musician

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