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Students at Cannon Hill Anglican College (CHAC), where the survey report was launched this week. Image: CHAC

How parents decide on a private school

As is the practice in some circles, Jessie has already private high school-shopped for her toddler. Her multi-ethnic three-year-old is advanced for her age, so Jessie knew she wanted to choose a school that embraced both multiculturalism and academic excellence. The school also had to be local – and irreligious, to complement Jessie and her partner’s divergent religious affiliations. When making her decision, Jessie prioritised schools’ academic results and the opinions of those she trusts.

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