Adelaide is lucky to have a number of outstanding independent private and Catholic schools. All boys, all girls and co-ed.

Mercedes College

Nurturing young learners

Reception students enrolled at Mercedes College are set-up for lifelong learning through the College’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme.

The co-educational Catholic school incorporates the globally renowned programme with the Australian curriculum to provide students with a world-class education and subjects most relevant to young people today.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Junior School students focuses on the holistic growth of children, by introducing enquiry-based learning to develop globally-minded, active and critical young thinkers.

Establishing this learning framework in the primary years builds a strong foundation for students to move into the Middle and Senior Schools and enables continuity of learning across their entire schooling.

 “Our learning environments are designed to stimulate and develop knowledgeable, caring and compassionate young people,” said Mercedes College’s Head of Junior School, Kellie Osborn.

“The IB programme fosters opportunities for our internationally minded students to grow their confidence, and critical and creative thinking.

“A strong sense of community is nurtured in the Junior School with an emphasis on the pastoral care of each student and their ongoing wellbeing. Our students flourish because they believe they can succeed.”

Mid-Year Reception places are currently available.

To book a tour of the school

St Columba College

St Columba College SA is a co-educational Anglican and Catholic school in Andrews Farm known for excellent academic results and a strong focus on student’s wellbeing from Reception to Year 12.

In recent years the College has completed new building projects and refurbishments under the leadership of Principal Ms Leanne Carr.

To discover more, join them on a tour of the College. Bookings are essential, please visit the website to secure your place:


Blackfriars is an independent Catholic school under the governance of the Dominican friars, committed to providing a well-rounded education – academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually – that caters specifically to the needs of boys.

We develop young men who seek truth in life, walk with confidence and purpose and are inspired by the four pillars of Dominican life – Prayer, Study, Community and Service.
Our vision is to deliver excellence in boys’ education through the provision of a transformative, vibrant and reflective learning community that equips students to confidently and successfully participate as men of integrity in a rapidly changing world. Blackfriars is a member of The International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), a global non-profit organisation of single-sex schools dedicated to the education of boys and to the professional development of their educators. As a member of the IBSC, Blackfriars is committed to supporting students as they explore their values, establish a foundation for making responsible decisions and explore their own definitions of self. Blackfriars supports students in learning to forge healthy relationships, valuing diverse experiences and stepping out of their comfort zones to find their place in a globally connected world.
Our popular monthly Principal’s Tours are a great way to experience Blackfriars on a normal school day. In the summer terms, we also offer the convenience of evening Principal’s Tours as well as morning tours.

Visit our website to book a place on our next tour or find out more information about our unique approach to Dominican education.

Prince Alfred College

A leading independent day and boarding school for students from ELC to Year 12. As one of Australia’s oldest boys’ schools, we are committed to providing the very best education for boys, with unique programs and approaches that are tailored to their specific needs.

High-quality teaching and academic excellence are central to the unique educational experience at Prince Alfred College. We promote learning through discovery and research because we know boys learn best by doing. Supporting our boys in their academic pursuits is a broad range of co-curricular activities where we encourage each boy to discover their unique passions.

Embedding pastoral care into all aspects of school life is vital to our focus of educating and nurturing the whole boy. PAC is a welcoming home for all our boys where they are supported to achieve their best as valued and respected members of our school.

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Loreto College: the start to the journey your daughter deserves

It’s said that every journey starts with a single step. At Loreto College, that step leads to the development of strong, passionate and confident girls and young women.

Loreto is an all-girls’ day and boarding school in Adelaide’s inner eastern suburbs and caters for students ranging in age from Early Learning to Year 12.

The school’s belief in the importance of education honours Loreto’s 400-year-old global tradition encouraging girls and young women to develop strong values so they make a positive difference to their world.

Loreto Principal Dr Nicole Archard is passionate about the development of girls in becoming women of strength, spirit and integrity and believes a girls’ school environment is the best place for girls to be educated.

“Research shows that girls learn to challenge gender stereotypes, develop a confident and articulate voice, develop leadership capacity in all forums and be comfortable within themselves when educated in an all girls’ community – and our history of academic and sporting success is testament to this,” Dr Archard said.

Book now for February and March tours, or join an online session, and see how Loreto can give your daughter the start to the journey she deserves.