Parents’ choices of primary school

Parents’ choices of primary school

LSAC ASR 2015 chapter— September 2016
Parents' choice of primary school

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Key findings

Some 69% of primary school children attend government schools, followed by 19% of children who attend Catholic primary schools and 12% who attend independent schools.

Australian parents decide which primary school is best for their child based firstly on convenience and secondly on a host of largely personal factors, which often go beyond academic outcomes.

The percentage of children attending government schools is highest among those with the lowest parental income (76%) and lowest for those where parental income is in the highest group (56%). Parents with the highest combined income were more than twice as likely to choose independent schools.

Parents’ reasons for choosing a primary school

  • For parents choosing government schools, the most common reason was convenience.
  • The next most common reason for choosing a government school was a “family reason”, including having a sibling at the school.
  • Over 20% of parents choosing Catholic schools nominated them for academic, not religious reasons.
  • For parents choosing independent schools, academic reasons were the most common reason, followed by the school’s religious values.

Publication details

LSAC ASR 2015 chapter
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2016.

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