What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? Expatriates in Sydney typically enroll their children in independent private schools or in the local public school system. The standard of education is high across most areas of Sydney. Therefore, there is little need to seek out international schools. There are around 500 schools in Sydney that expats can choose from. What are some examples of these schools? There are many great schools in Sydney. Most families will look to select a school that is easily accessible from the area in which they live. For secondary school-aged students, expats can choose between well-regarded independent schools or public schools. Please contact Crown Sydney for assistance with selecting a school. Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Some of the independent schools have waiting lists. For entry into public schools, you need to reside in the zone or boundary of each particular school. You will need to confirm the local zone or catchment area with each public school that you visit. Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? While pre-schools accept children 3 years of age, many children do not attend until age 4. Pre-schools often have waiting lists, so newly arrived expatriates will often have to undertake a bit of research to find a place at a local facility. Children commence formal schooling at age 5. There are opportunities for younger children to interact and socialize at play groups run by local community councils. How are most kids transported to and from school? Transport will vary widely, depending on the school and location of your home. Most independent schools run their own bus systems. For older children, public bus and train services are common. Riding a bike is another popular option if the distance is not too far. Many parents elect to drive or walk younger children to school. When does the typical school year start and end? Schools in Sydney run on a four-term schedule: Term 1 is typically from late January through mid-April, Term 2 from late April to early July, Term 3 from mid/late-July to late September and Term 4 from mid-October through mid-December. Is there anything else I should know about local schools? Crown Sydney can arrange an appointment with a consultant to give you an in-depth explanation of local education systems and the curricula available. This consultant can also arrange interviews and assist with enrolment requirements. IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.