What is CRICOS

The Australian high school

The School system in Australia is one of the best in the world with a very good level of teaching and highly qualified teachers.

Measured against the German school system, the Australian high school corresponds to a comprehensive school that covers all types of school (elementary, secondary, secondary and grammar school) and enables a variety of qualifications. The High School Certificate corresponds most closely to the German Abitur and requires the successful two-year attendance of grades 11 and 12. The High School Certificate is validated by a score from 1 (best result) to 25 (worst), which depends on the chosen combination of subjects and the performance. Most universities in Australia require a minimum score for admission.

In principle, the Australian High School Certificate is also recognized in Germany. However, details must be obtained from the respective German federal states. Baden-Württemberg, for example, requires two foreign languages ​​as subjects. The school year in Australia itself and any certificates are also internationally recognized. Therefore it is usually not necessary to repeat a class in Germany. The final decision rests with the respective school principal.

In most Australian states, elementary school is seven years and high school is five years (8th through 12th grades). Australian students are typically 17-18 years old by the time they get the high school certificate.

In high school you basically have English as a subject. Most classes also include math, science, and exercise. Mathematics can be chosen in different degrees of difficulty.

These compulsory subjects are offered in all schools in Australia that are in our program. There is also a very large range of electives. These are listed in detail at the schools. See the pageThe schools.

The high schools are divided into state and private. Approximately 70% of all Australian students attend state schools and 30% private ones.

Quality standards for international students

In 2000 Australia passed the ESOS Act (Education Services for Overseas Students). Since then, international students have only been admitted to high schools that meet the strict ESOS requirements. This law serves to keep the quality standard for international pupils / students high.

In addition, schools that accept international students must be CRICOS registered and are subject to certain requirements, compliance with which is monitored. CRICOS stands for "Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students" and is a complete directory of all teaching institutions and their individual course offerings for international students.

All high schools in our program are CRICOS registered. This means that they specialize in the needs of international students and have a suitably qualified support team. This consists of a coordinator for international students, a homestay coordinator and a study advisor. Our schools have many years of experience with teaching programs for foreign students, which usually results in excellent performance.

State high schools cost very little to Australian students, so they come from a wide range of populations. They are not as formal as private schools when it comes to school uniforms, for example. Apart from the basic subjects, every public school has a great deal of leeway in terms of the choice of subjects for its students. The various schools offer a total of more than 50 different subjects, six of which have to be chosen each. Class time is limited to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sports activities - as far as you have chosen them - also take place in this time window.

All state schools in our program have modern computer labs, some even have recording studios for picture and sound. There are in-company training centers with state-of-the-art technology, photo laboratories and multimedia technology. Individual programs are offered from music, dance, ballet and drama to business administration, aviation and computer science to sports, including football and golf. Furthermore, there are corresponding excellence programs in some schools with a large selection of languages, sports, art and music.

There are state schools in the so-called "regional program". These are mostly located in more rural areas, in small or quieter places. Sometimes the choice of subjects is restricted compared to standard schools, but the basic subjects are always offered. Otherwise, if you can get what you are looking for, these schools are a good, inexpensive alternative.

Australian parents who are financially able are happy to send their children to private schools. In contrast to the state schools, some of them offer boarding school accommodation, which is important for the children who come from the large farms in the interior of the country and can only go home during the holidays.

Teaching in private schools is demanding and in some ways more "academic" than in public schools. Activities that go beyond the regular curriculum play a major role. Almost all students are actively involved in sports and / or music. Before, during and after school hours as well as on the weekend there is always something on offer and everything possible. Seen that way, you really get something for your school fees. Usually there are only a few German exchange students. These two or three are taken care of individually and intensively.

The private schools in our program offer a wide range of opportunities. Those who have the musical skills can play in excellent orchestras (from classical to jazz) or sing along in very good choirs. Sport is very important with many teams and competitions against other schools. Often times, private schools have their own swimming pools (sometimes even Olympic size), tennis courts, cricket, rugby or soccer fields, and even their own golf courses. A school in Hervey Bay has motor boats for marine biology classes. On the Great Barrier Reef with whales, dolphins and lots of colorful fish this is quite tempting, unless you get seasick.

The school year (school calendar)

The school year in Australia lasts from the end of January to mid-December and is divided into two semesters with two quarters each (approx. 10 weeks each). There is a vacation at the end of each quarter. The school calendar applies to state schools and may vary slightly for private schools. You can always get in at the beginning of the quarter.

In exceptional cases, we can accept registrations up to six weeks before the start of the quarter. The exact dates are in the currentAustralian school calendar.

The school day usually lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. These times can vary somewhat in private schools.

Judgment on school achievements

The performance is assessed on the basis of term papers, assignments, oral exams and practical exercises. At the end of each quarter you will receive a certificate describing your progress in the respective subjects.

Almost all government and private schools in Australia require school uniforms to be worn. Each high school has its own school uniform and also a shop where you can buy new or second-hand items and sell them again before you leave.

Opportunities for secondary and secondary school students

Real and secondary school students are also welcome to take part in our program. The state high schools operate on the comprehensive school principle, and each student is promoted according to their abilities. Secondary school students can either come for a short period of time after high school and improve their language skills or, if they are ready for a two-year high school stay, receive the high school certificate. For this they have to take part in the 11th and 12th grades.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The idea of ​​the IB is an international high school diploma. It was originally designed for diplomatic children who were to be offered a plannable school stay and graduation in a wide variety of countries. The IB is now available in English, Spanish or French. The curriculum and degree are recognized worldwide and entitle you to attend universities in 80 countries around the world. In Queensland, for example, there is currently the IB at five schools, all of which are listed with us. Students wishing to enroll in the IB program must have good academic performance in a number of subjects. Only then can they participate.