You only get one chance to educate your children.  That means as a parent we want to give our children opportunities and place them in an environment for them to be happy and to be the best version of themselves. At the end of the day every parent wants their child to grow into a confident well-adjusted adult.

While academic achievement carries a lot of weight in the selection of schools, the characteristics most parents are looking for at private schools aren’t found in test results.

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) research and surveys concludes that parents want their children to be happy and safe.  Surveyed parents value independent schools to provide a safe, protective and stable environment for their childs academic and personal development.  The top four characteristics of independent schools as described by parents include:

  1. Strong academic performance
  2. Great teachers
  3. Individual attention that takes into account the childs needs
  4. Disciplined environment

Other important factors in a parents decision as to which private school will include;

  • Family tradition,
  • a community with strong values and a focus on pastoral care,
  • location,
  • pursuits and activities on offer that give their child the opportunity to excel and broaden their experiences,
  • a respect for learning,
  • parent and teacher communication,
  • extensive subject choice, which allows students to select subjects which suit their interests and aptitude.

After Year 12 ends the School Alumni network may be attractive option to enable your children to stay in touch with their classmates both here and overseas.  Typically Private schools also offer opportunities for the parents, family and grandparents to participate in school life and experience the values the school is offerring to their children.

The next article in the series will be: What are the different types of private schools?

– Written by Andrew Livermore, WealthPartners Specialist Adviser
This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider you financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information.


Andrew Livermore is a Financial Adviser with WealthPartners who specialises with professionals and their families.  He is known for his method and strategies to help families pay for their children’s private school education in Sydney.

Over the coming weeks Andrew will address a range of topics related to deciding and paying for private education.  Andrew will share the lessons and perspective of his family, his wife and their three children on Sydney’s North Shore.