Studying at The Knox School

The Knox School is an independent, co-educational school located in an outer metropolitan environment east of Melbourne, with clean air, an abundance of space, outstanding new facilities and with close proximity to public transport.

The Knox School prides itself in its academic achievements and our graduating students are well-prepared for university.

The Knox School is committed to the promotion of international understanding and cultural respect within our school and in the wider community. At The Knox School, we aim to build bridges between our culture and international cultures, celebrating our diversity and respecting the traditions of others.

The Knox School welcomes students from around the world and we have a dedicated program to support their academic success and wellbeing in Australia.

The Knox School provides...

  • Small classes, specialist groups and individual attention
  • A secure urban environment
  • Career guidance and personal counselling advice
  • State of the art multimedia and presentation resources
  • Access to the latest teaching methods in modern facilities supported by Digital Technology resources
  • Counselling for course selection for VCE and University entrance
  • A community dedicated to multiculturalism and the growth of international understanding
  • Care and proper supervision of students to provide a safe learning and living environment
  • The VCE– An internationally recognised qualification
  • Health Services – A registered nurse available every school day
  • Dedicated counsellors for the needs of students
  • Special classes in EAL (English as an additional language)
  • Additional programs in oral and written English
  • The celebration of major cultural events at school
  • A five weekly reporting cycle for parents

The Knox School is a member of the Melbourne Schools’ Partnership International with the University of Melbourne.

Every year the University of Melbourne organises a range of activities tailored to the needs of international students enrolled in Years 11 and 12 at MSPI schools. These activities are designed to inspire Year 11 and 12 students about future study opportunities, and motivate them to maximise their talents and abilities.

International Curriculum at The Knox School


Prep to Year 6

The Junior School Curriculum aims to develop skills in English and Mathematics to ensure a solid foundation for future studies. Years 5 and 6 form a bridge between traditional Primary and Secondary Education. The Curriculum has an emphasis on time management, learning skills and study and exam techniques in preparation for Senior School.


Year 7 to Year 9

The Middle School has an emphasis on health and wellbeing and also teaches students about time management, learning skills and study and exam techniques in preparation for Senior College.


Year 10 to Year 12

The Senior School has a strong record of attainment, achieved by setting challenges for young people undertaking their VCE. Teachers maintain a close working relationship with students to ensure their success.

Guardianship/Student Support Provider

The Knox School requires all international students enrolled at the School, irrespective of age, to have a guardian, parent, or student support provider for the duration of their enrolment.

A family can appoint a relative to act as a guardian, which must be approved by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs (DHA). If a relative fitting the DHA requirements cannot be nominated, then the School will appoint an appropriate support provider that has been approved by the school to provide professional support services.

Guardians and support providers are required to follow The Knox School Guardianship and Student Support Provider Guidelines to oversee all aspects of the students’ welfare while at school in Australia.


It is a Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requirement that all students under 18 years of age live in supervised accommodation approved by their institution. It is The Knox School’s policy that all international students (unless living with DHA approved adult relative) are required to live with a homestay family organised by the School and overseen by the Director of International Program, irrespective of age, for the duration of their enrolment at the school.

The Knox School has a well-established database of carefully selected families who have been hosting our students for many years. All our homestay families have undertaken Working with Children checks and are well informed of the Child Safety policies at The Knox School.

A current Homestay Information Handbook is available upon request.

Support Services

All students have access to professional Academic, Careers and Personal Counsellors for:

  • Tertiary/University programs
  • Career Guidance
  • VCE subject selection
  • Study skills


We can arrange for you to be met at the airport on your arrival in Melbourne and taken to your homestay. This is at the School’s expense for the first trip.

Full details of flight arrangements must be provided at least one week prior to arrival and if there is a change, please advise the School immediately.


After you have settled at your homestay, your guardian/caregiver will help you establish a bank account and make contact with the School regarding subject selection, timetable, textbook and uniforms purchase etc.


Prior to the commencement of Term One, there will be an orientation session when you will meet staff and be provided with information about your studies at The Knox School.

A tour of the School will help you become familiar with the campus.


‘Personalised English At Knox’: English Language Study (ELICOS)

Our PEAK program is accredited by NEAS

The Knox School offers a full time comprehensive intensive English Language Program (PEAK), which prepares students to enter mainstream classes with the required level of proficiency in English
Entry to PEAK is based on academic reports and The Knox School Pre-Entry English Language Test.
Enrolment is available for programs ranging from 10 – 50 weeks in either Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate level.

Students who achieve 75% in the PEAK end of term examination will be eligible to undertake mainstream courses

How to Enrol

Lodge the Application

To apply for a place at The Knox School, please follow the following steps and send the required documents to:

Enrolment and International Program Administration Officer
The Knox School
220 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152
VIC Australia

You can also email all the documents to:

  • Read the International Prospectus carefully. If you have any questions, contact the International Program Administration Officer for assistance.
  • Complete the “Overseas Application Form for Enrolment in a Course” and sign the Application Form where applicable.
  • Carefully read the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment and Refund Policy contained on the “Overseas Student Application form for Enrolment in a Course”.
  • A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate or passport.
  • A copy of a recent English language test report, e.g., AEAS and her most recent two years’ school reports.
  • A letter confirming medium of instruction in previous schooling.
  • Any other supporting documents, e.g., certificates of prizes, awards, reference letter.


  • Once the above documents are received, The Knox School will acknowledge your application promptly.
  • The International Office will review your application and liaise with your agent to arrange for an online interview with the Director of International Program and the Head of School.
  • If your application is successful, The Knox School will issue a Letter of Offer.
  • The Knox School and/or your local representative will advise you from this point onwards to complete all formalities to obtain a student visa, including payment of school fees and arrangement of CAAW and purchase of Health Insurance.
  • The electronic Confirmation of Enrolment will be issued to the Agent/yourself to finalise the visa application.


Download an International Fee Schedule here

For more information please contact the International Program Administration Officer: Ms Michelle Lu
Phone +61 3 8805 3800
Fax +61 3 9800 3509
Email here

Academic Admission Requirements

Entry to PEAK – Personalised ELICOS at Knox Program

The Knox School offers a full-time English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) which prepares students to join their mainstream classes with the required level of proficiency in English.

Entry to PEAK is based on students’ academic reports, an online interview and an English language test if they are offshore. They are required to take The Knox School pre-entry English language and Mathematics tests if they are in Australia.

Students must achieve 70% or higher in the PEAK examinations to be eligible to commence mainstream courses, subject to their previous academic qualifications and timing of the academic year.

All PEAK students are expected to graduate from the language course within 20 weeks.

Entry to Mainstream Courses

Entry to mainstream courses in Junior School is based on students’ academic reports, an online interview and an English language report.

Students must achieve an AEAS score of at least 65% for entry to Years 7 to 9, 70% for entry to Year 10 and 75% for entry to Year 11. Other equivalent standard tests are also accepted

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