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Study at a primary school

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There are 7 years of primary school from Prep (students are usually 4–5 years old) and then 6 more years ending at Year 6. The Queensland high school program then starts from Year 7 through Years 8–11 and finishes in Year 12.

Primary school provides the foundation for children to enjoy and experience a positive start to their early development and learning.​

We offer all students who come from a non-English speaking background the specialist English as an Additional Language/Dialect lessons they need to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities.

In primary school, students learn how to study and become used to the Queensland school routine.

Of course, primary school children must live with a parent, approved relative or legal guardian while they are studying.

Need to know

​How long does primary school go for?

​From 1 semester to 7 years.

How old?​

​6 to 11 years

School year

​Prep to Year 6

When does the prim​ary school program start?

Students can begin at the start of any of the 4 school terms in January, April, July or October.

With important Year 6 exams at the end of the year, entry for Term 3 or 4 (July or October) is for the school to approve.

Are there entry​​ requirements?

For information about age, academic skills and English language requirements. go to the entry requirements page​.

How much does it c​ost?

View our fee list.

CRICOS course code: 082519A.

Ready to apply?

There are 3 easy options and if you need any help,​ please email EQI marketing on eqimarketing@qed.qld.gov.au​.

  1. Apply online - applying online is fast and secure and can be done at any time of the day or night. It is free (no charge) to apply online.
  2. Complete the EQI international student application form and return it to EQI by email to EQInternational@qed.qld.gov.au.
  3. Find an agent who will help you select the right study program and complete the application process for you.
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Last updated 22 October 2021