Primary and Secondary
The Australian schooling system starts with a preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. This includes compulsory schooling until the age of 16 or completion of Year 10. An additional two years of study is necessary for those wishing to proceed to tertiary studies. In the final year (Year 12), students can study for a government-endorsed certificate which is recognized for further study by all Australian universities and vocational training institutions.
There are two broad categories of schools in Australia – government and private. Both accept international students. The school year in Australia is divided into four terms and runs from late January until December. Most of the schools provide home stay arrangements or boarding facilities to the students.