Adelaide is lucky to have a number of outstanding Independent, Private and Catholic schools. Whether you are looking for all boys, all girls or co-ed, you are sure to find a private school in Adelaide to suit your child – after all, where to send your child to school is a huge decision!

Some private schools in Adelaide have classes from Reception to Year 12 (or some even from birth with on-site Early Learning Centres), some are only Primary Schools and some are only High Schools. You’ll find Adelaide private schools that specialise in specific learning areas, have amazing extra-curricular opportunities or can provide personalised support for your child through special learning programs.

Maybe you live in regional South Australia and want to send you child to a private school in Adelaide that has a boarding house attached? We have those too! Most of all, everyone wants to send their child to a school where they will be supported, nurtured and encouraged in their learning. Have a look below for some of our top picks of Adelaide private schools.

Mercedes College

Mercedes College. Where students flourish.

Mercedes College is a co-ed international IB world school where gorgeous green open spaces and fit-for-purpose facilities provide a variety of learning spaces for Reception to Year 12 students. With a progressive curriculum delivered through the International Baccalaureate, student learning is interdisciplinary in nature, building student agency and developing creative, caring, and critical thinkers. A reputation for a strong sense of community and lived values also encourages our young students to flourish in all aspects of College life.

As a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, Mercedes College promotes the education of the whole person, emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth through all domains of knowledge. Co-curricular opportunities and an established wellbeing program also provides for student development at all ages and stages of learning.
By encouraging excellence in all their pursuits, we prepare our students to be leaders, for life.

Book a tour and discover Mercedes College – a unique schooling environment.

St Columba College

St Columba College is a co-educational school in Andrews Farm, committed to unlocking your child’s potential through innovative education and a strong focus on student wellbeing from Reception to Year 12.

 The Junior campus provides a caring and nurturing environment, where teachers create a safe and comfortable place for your child to thrive. They know each child for who they are and how unique they may be and personalise their learning to work to their strengths.

 In the Middle and Senior years, students are encouraged to explore a diverse curriculum and leadership opportunities that will ignite a passion for a particular area of interest. They will prepare by uncovering their own pathway, discovering areas such as STEM and specialist lessons tailored to their learning needs. The College has recently completed its $20M redevelopment of the Middle School campus, including a brand-new building for students in Years 6 – 12.

 The College’s Student Life Program provides the environment for students to succeed beyond the classroom through a broad and enriching co-curricular program, developing character, teamwork and life-long skills.

 St Columba College is ready to welcome your daughter or son to an environment that cares about children and gives them the greatest opportunity to reach their true potential. Register for a College Tour and discover what St Columba College can offer for their future. For tour bookings and enrolment enquires, visit or contact the Enrolment Officer on 8254 0600.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School – Para Vista

Nestled in the Northeastern suburbs of Para Vista, Good Shepherd are proud to offer an integrated educational journey that spans from Early Learning to Year 6 and collaborates with Endeavour College Mawson Lakes to provide a seamless transition all the way through to Year 12.

Their unique and holistic educational approach, strong Faith promoting the good news of Jesus Christ, purpose-built facilities, passionate and dedicated teachers, and strong partnerships with families makes them a cornerstone of educational excellence in the community with facilities designed to enhance the learning journey, providing a nurturing space for academic and personal growth where both students and staff enjoy the benefits of working in a superbly well-resourced, comfortable, and safe environment.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Para Vista warmly invites you to join them for one of their regularly scheduled Principal’s Tours. You will meet with Principal Evie Stevens, hear about her vision for learners, and witness for yourself the students’ engagement in rich learning experiences within their vibrant and inclusive environment.

Visit the Good Shepherd Luthern School website. 

Nazareth Catholic Community

Nazareth Catholic Community is a place of welcome and connection; a place where everyone belongs. Our aim is to engage with families across the whole-of-life journey. From precious newborns through to wise seniors, and everyone in between, we are creating communities of faith, learning and wellbeing.

 Spanning across multiple campuses and sites on Kaurna land in the western suburbs of Adelaide, Nazareth Catholic Community incorporates an Early Childhood Centre, Reception to Year 12 College, and a variety of community engagement programs.

 We provide learning that is holistic, inclusive, lifegiving, and lifelong. Our promise is that students will find their chosen pathway and graduate knowing they matter absolutely, have the power to make the world a better place and influence positive change.

 Families are at the heart of our faith and learning environment and we are committed to building community through nourishing family life. It’s not just students who get to experience what Nazareth has to offer, as we coordinate a range of programs and initiatives to support and celebrate all members of our community including early learners, graduates, parents, seniors and friends.

 Experience our community for yourself. For tours and enrolment, visit

St Raphael’s School, Parkside

St Raphael’s School is a place to learn and belong. We believe students are at their best when they can articulate, reflect on, and have agency in their learning. Our quality learning programs include multi-sensory literacy and a numeracy program which enables intellectual stretch and challenge. Our passionate staff nurture and support our learners to be well-rounded socially active citizens, who lead positive change for the world God desires.

 “We work hard to create an environment where we develop the whole child, to lead positive change for the world God desires.” Mia Harms, Principal

 Principal Mia Harms shares the top three reasons our families choose us:

  • Our warm community makes children feel safe and valued.
  • Our staff know the children personally, and ensure academic success.
  • Our expectations on behaviour, strong social skills, and respect to all members of the community are valued.

 We want the children in our care, to be the very best that they can be. When our students leave us to take the next step in their education, we want them to be confident, kind, happy individuals. We are proud of our co-educational school from Reception to Year 6, on bustling Glen Osmond Road in Parkside and would love to welcome you on a tour. We can’t wait to meet you!

Click here to find out more or book a Principal’s Tour. 

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