QUOTE (luckyaussiemum @ 06/03/2012, 01:23 PM)
I'll do the Northern/Western Burbs as thats my area
Williamstown High has a VERY good rep now, does well academically and in sporting areas, has an academic class that is sought after. My DD was going there this year but got a better offer closer to home
Buckley Park College Essendon
Princess Park College- Princess Hill (near Brunswick/Parkville- have no uniform)
University High- VERY sounght after and very tight zone! (they have no uniform)
Werribee Secondary College- as of 2013 only state school to offer IB as an alternative to VCE in senior school. HAs a great select entry programme also. My DD now goes here after being at a private school since Prep-6, and I am very impressed thus far as an alternative to her old school (divorce = no money for private anymore)_
Viewbank College- Rosanna
Ivanhoe Grammar School-Ivanhoe
Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar- Essendon- nice fit for a girl, single sex Ed!
Penleigh and Esserndon Grammar- very academic and sporty! (Mix of Co-ed and single sex depending on year level)
Catholic Ladies Colleg- Eltham
St Columba's College- Essendon
I'll chip in here too.
Uni High - is sort after (people fake addresses to get in) but has two streams. One is the "high achiever" accelerated program and the other is the mainstream program. It suits some, but I know of students who have hated it, because the perception is that all the focus is on the high achievers. They complete high school in 5 years, rather than 6. I can't understand what possible benefit there is in that.
Princes Hill: very arty. I have friends with kids there and they are very happy. Nice bunch.
Brunswick Secondary: I have a child here. I think it's a great school. Very caring and has loads of opportunities for the students.
Lowther Hall: excellent school. I can't speak highly enough of it. One of my kids went there from Kinder to Year 12 and it was fantastic.
Essendon Grammar: I'm not a fan of PEGS. In secondary it offers almost no electives (students can - and are encouraged to - do Latin, but forget doing anything like Food Tech or Drama: they aren't considered acadamic enough for PEGS). Isn't interested in anyone who won't get top marks in VCE, unless they can play footy at AFL level, in which case, they can be as dumb as a box of rocks. Regularly sends out letters to kids in Yr 10 suggesting that they look elsewhere.
St Brendans: I know a few boys who went there - great kids. Great subject choices.
St Columbus: ditto, but for girls.
Ivanhoe Girls Grammar: Good school. Great subject choices and great staff.
Ivanhoe Grammar: have friends with kids there. Seems good (but expensive). Not as wide a choice of subjects as other schools.
But at the end of the day, there are plenty of good schools and what suits one child won't suit another. I've had two who've go through private from kinder to year 12 and one who didn't suit the private system at all and would have done badly if we'd kept him there.
Find a nice place to live and then look at the schools in that area. There will be good schools there. Don't move into an area just for a school. And don't have kids travelling long distances just to get to a school. It means getting up early, getting home late and having friends far away. You'll be driving them around all weekend. Much better to have them going to a school that's close and where they can socialise with their friends easily (that's just as important as being academic).