Carey Baptist Grammar School is a Christian, Co-educational, International School with two campuses:
Donvale Campus: ELC and Junior School (Prep-Year 6)
Kew Campus: ELC, Junior (Prep-Year 6), Middle (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) Schools
Carey Baptist Grammar School is one of Australia’s leading co-educational schools with IB and VCE Year 12 results that regularly place it amongst the top schools in Victoria. There are three central pillars to a Carey education: a broad range of academic subjects, a wide variety of co-curricular activities and a personalised, nurturing pastoral care system.
Carey Baptist Grammar School celebrates a whole-school 50:50 gender balance that fosters the development of confidence, communication and self-esteem in both boys and girls. Students at Carey also participate in local and international community service projects; study units that explore different cultures, religions and beliefs; learn the importance of social justice and human rights issues; and are encouraged to respect and appreciate the world beyond their own experiences.
Carey’s main intake is at Prep and Year 7, with comprehensive transition programs for both, including visits, orientation days, home room groups, a buddy system and Term 1 camps (at Year 7).
The curriculum at Carey Baptist Grammar School provides something to challenge, stimulate and encourage every student. In Year 11 and 12, students can study either the IB Diploma or VCE programs, and have the option of selecting some IB or VCE subjects in Year 10.
Students also benefit from a wide range of subject choices and extension activities to make the most of their final years of school. Carey Baptist Grammar School students have access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects and a University Extension program that allows exploration of academic strengths well beyond the conventional. At Years 7–9, the curriculum provides students with grounding in traditional academic subjects, but also offers a range of electives to foster individual interests and abilities.
The Middle School at Carey Baptist Grammar School has a policy of ‘real world learning’ challenges students to explore their physical and emotional boundaries through studying lifestyles and environments different to their own. In Junior School, we take a collaborative, inquiry-based approach to learning with many opportunities to enrich and extend.
At Carey Baptist Grammar School, we believe in the importance of maintaining a balance between study and recreation. We offer coaching and competition in 25 sports with boys’ teams competing against schools in the APS and girls’ teams competing against schools in both the APS and the AGS Associations.
Extensive music and drama programs make full use of Carey Baptist Grammar School's theatre and performance spaces. Individual and group lessons are available across the range of instruments and vocal styles, providing personalised learning, fostering creative expression and ensuring close monitoring of students’ skill development.
Students can also join a wide range of bands, orchestras and choirs to develop their ability to perform as part of an ensemble. Other co-curricular activities include speech training, debating, chess club, media crew, yoga, dance, bike riding and the St John Ambulance division.
The welfare of our students is paramount at Carey Baptist Grammar School and the school is structured to ensure that every student is well supported.
Classroom teachers in the Junior Schools and Mentors in Middle and Senior Schools, within a House system, have an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with the small group of students in their care, together with their families. When necessary, students have access to additional support from the School’s registered psychologists, chaplains, nurses and advisers.
The learning facilities at Carey Baptist Grammar School are purpose-built for age group and activities. The separate Early Learning Centre and Junior Schools at Kew and Donvale include specialist music, drama and art facilities as well as play areas.
The environment of Middle School provides a small community within the School that underpins our collegiate approach. The Senior School (Years 10–12) has been devised as a campus-style pre-tertiary environment with a variety of spaces for independent study, group work, social gatherings and relaxation. At every level, students at Carey Baptist Grammar School are encouraged to take responsibility for their environment and its care.
A new Performing Arts Centre and fully equipped theatre accommodate music and drama classes, related activities, and performance. Sport and Physical Education make extensive use of the gymnasium, ovals, and the indoor swimming and diving pool at Carey’s 14-hectare sporting complex at Bulleen. An Outdoor Education facility, Camp Toonallook on the Gippsland Lakes, allows students to be introduced to water-based activities and bushcraft.
A wide range of technology is used throughout Carey Baptist Grammar School, including digital whiteboards, together with an extensive laptop program. Carey Baptist Grammar School constantly monitors advancements in technology. Our Year 5s now use iPads in the classroom following a successful trial of this technology in 2011. An online Learning Management System provides easy access to class notes, references and texts, and administrative information for students and parents.