QUOTE (ali27 @ 06/03/2012, 12:21 PM)
In the state school system, the best single sex school are considered to be Mentone Girls High and Cantebury Girls. MacRobertson Girl's High is wonderful but is selective entry at year 9 level. Co-ed schools with good reps are Balwyn, Mackinnon, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Kew ( i'm way more familiar with school in the east and southeast).
Private, there are a whole range - MLC, PLC,Carey etc.My kids went to Caulfield Grammar and absolutely adored it. Again, though it depends on your daughter, because many private schools are traditional and cater best to students who want an academic outcome and are focussed on that area. The school doesn't do 'alternative' very well!!!
I went to a state school and then Macrobertson Girls High; I most certainly will not be sending my daughters there. For many reasons but they have very little care for students as people. It is all about the academics and even career guidance is poor. The last thing to note is for the majority of people you also ahve to travel a long way to get there and this eats into valuable study time or relaxing time.
I have 2 sisters one who finished year 12 last year and one in year 9 and my parents moved into the zone to go to a prominant popular state school only to be horrified attending open day.
You have to remember that ALL schools go through cycles and this can also depend on the principle. So I wouldnt be making any firm decsions for some time yet.
My sisters ended up going to Tintern Girls Grammer... I have only amazing things to say about this school. My sisters are very different and so are there friends. I ahve seen them deal with all different kinds of situations with care and understanding.
It is also a girls school up to year 9 when they start to share a few classes with the boys from Southwood - then to full co-ed in VCE. it gets them ready for the "real" world whilst still focusing on the differing needs of boys and girls learning styles.
It has a great attitude to learning and care of the girls and their interests. Plus the surroundings and facilities are great too. Their pastoral care is amazing my girls are in the primary school and my partner and I separated and they were amazing. I ahve also seen this follow through into the senior school. When my sister was in year 8 she found out someone wasnt coping and was even starting to self harm and my sister felt completely secure to go straight to the principle. I have also been waiting for an appointment and if a student comes in they get priority.
Tintern also offer IB as an alternative to VCE
Interesting to note is also in the last 2 years I have known of 8 different families leaving yarra Valley Grammer for all different sorts of reasons. And all from different year levels.
All the best
This post has been edited by sg290780: 06/03/2012, 01:20 PM