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Parallel Education

What is parallel education and why it works for Haileybury students

Haileybury students are able to flourish because of the strong teaching and developmental framework we have in place. Innovative teaching methods and a firm focus on academic excellence inspire classroom learning, while a safe and supportive learning environment and strong community ethos help every student build confidence, connection and a strong sense of place.

Our Parallel Education Model is a key part of this approach, and delivers teaching and learning in a way that recognises the unique and changing social, emotional and educational needs of each and every student. While learning in separate classes, girls and boys share the same campus, allowing them to socialise and enjoy co-curricular activities together.

“Haileybury’s program in Melbourne includes the highly successful Parallel Education Model, outstanding teachers, small class sizes, an unmatched level of individual attention, outstanding academic results, an international focus unrivalled by any Australian school, and over 125 years of history.”

The Parallel Education Model combines the most effective elements of single-sex and co-educational learning in even more beneficial ways. After beginning their learning journey in a co-instructional environment from ELC up until Year 4, students become part of single-sex classrooms during Middle School (from Years 5–8).

These separate classrooms allow educators to adapt their teaching to reflect the changing needs of young people as they transition into secondary school — which continues through Senior School (Years 9–12). During their education experience, however, students of all genders share the same campus for social occasions and co-curricular activities like theatre, music, and volunteering.

Why is it beneficial?

Since we first adopted this model in 2000, we have seen first hand that parallel education delivers all kinds of benefits for students. It truly offers the best of both worlds for growing young minds.The model recognises that students of different ages and genders require different educational needs at certain stages in their development. This gives teachers the ability to structure their educational approach to better suit boys or girls — so that students are as engaged and empowered as possible in the classroom.

It also understands that social interaction between boys and girls alike is vital for helping young people grow into well-rounded, respectful, and compassionate individuals.

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