Schooling boys and girls separately is good for results but tough on parents’ hip pockets

Single-sex non-government schools* are outperforming their coeducational counterparts — but they come at a price — according to The Good Schools Guide Victoria 2017. 

The annual Guide, released today by the Good Education Group, comprehensively details 578 schools across Victoria, including a breakdown of each school by sector, academic performance, tuition fees and curriculum.

This year’s Guide found that, for non-government schools, the average proportion of students achieving study scores at 40 or above was higher at single-sex schools, when compared to their coeducational counterparts.

The proportion of students with 40+ study scores sat at an average of eight per cent for co-ed schools in 2015, rising to an average of 14 per cent for boys’ schools and 17 per cent for girls’ schools.

While average results were higher, the Guide also found that parents can expect to pay more for a single-sex education. For non-government single-sex schools, average tuition fees were $14,000 for boys’ schools and $16,000 for girls’ schools. Meanwhile, tuition fees at coeducational schools sat an average of $10,000 per year.

Chris Lester, Chief Executive Officer of the Good Education Group, said parents often face conflicting advice when deciding whether to send their child to a single-sex or co-ed school.

“Parents know their child best. So while fees and results are important factors for parents to consider, a school’s pros and cons should be assessed against your own child. Consider their skills and interests and how the school can support these through their curricular and extra-curricular offerings, such as music, arts and sport. Other practical considerations are factors such as location, diversity of the student cohort and the discipline policy,” said Chris.

A review of five years of Victorian school fees indicates that girls’ schools have increased their Year 12 tuition fees by an estimated $4,000, from an average of $12,000 to $16,000. Boys’ schools have increased by $3,000, from $11,000 to $14,000, while co-ed schools have increased by $2,000, from $8,000 to $10,000.

Looking back at results over the last five years, on average, 17 per cent of VCE graduates from girls’ schools achieved study scores of 40 and above, with this number sitting at 14 per cent for graduates from boys’ schools and eight per cent for co-ed graduates.

Chris added, “One of the best things parents can do is have a good look around schools and ask probing questions about the issues and concerns of importance to them and their child”.

The latest Guide helps parents navigate the thousands of schools in Victoria in order to make the best possible education decisions for their children. The Good Schools Guide website also provides information about when schools hold open days.

The Good Schools Guide Victoria 2017 can be purchased at

* Includes independent and Catholic schools

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