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2019-06-05 Community & Lifestyle

It’s academic! Schools & education around Upper Point Cook

For families looking to buy property, the location of the land is invariably as important as the home itself. And while proximity to shops, transport and green spaces is always important, closeness to schools (built, under construction or planned) often ranks higher on the list of priorities than anything else.

As Melbourne’s population increases faster than most other cities in Australia, so too does its number of students. In fact, the Victorian Department of Education and Training estimates that close to 100,000 extra students will enter public schools over the next five years.

While the Victorian Government is delivering upgrades and hundreds of brand new schools in growth areas, competition within sought-after school zones will only intensify in coming years, so it’s never been more important to have well-regarded education nearby.

In this article, we’ll give you a summary of the early childhood, primary and secondary school choices available near Upper Point Cook.


Within the Upper Point Cook community itself is Explorers Early Learning, a care and kinder centre designed to encourage children’s creativity, exploration and sense of belonging. Detailed attention has been placed on planning each indoor and outdoor space at the centre, with a focus on nature and sustainability.

Explorers Early Learning is located at 11 Bensonhurst Parade, Point Cook.

Image credit: Early Explorers Learning Point Cook

Stella Maris Catholic Primary School

At this multicultural Catholic school, there are more than 600 students from more than 20 countries who speak 40 different languages.

From Upper Point Cook it’s a 20-minute walk or a very short car ride.

Image credit: Infinity Landscape Architects

Suzanne Cory High School

This is a government selective entry school for children in Years 9 to 12 – in fact the only one of its kind in Melbourne’s western suburbs – which means children are accepted based on competitive entrance exams (usually taken in Year 8).

From Upper Point Cook, the school is five minutes way on Bus 498.

Image Credit: Suzanne Cory High School & Watpac

Emmanuel College

The Notre Dame Campus at Point Cook is Emmanuel College’s co-educational campus, catering to children in Years 7 to 12.

You can take a direct bus from Hacketts Road to the school, which takes about 15 minutes.

Image Credit: AFM Roofing

Point Cook College (P-9)

A large proportion of Upper Point Cook is within Point Cook College’s school zone – in fact, this well-regarded government school is just a 900-metre walk from Upper Point Cook.

The school incorporates a kitchen garden, a 1:1 iPad Program, an environmental science room and even its own wetlands.

Image Credit: Point Cook College

Victoria University Werribee Campus

For young adults, or if you’re thinking of going to uni as a mature-age student, Victoria University’s Werribee Campus is just down the road.

The 498 bus takes you from Upper Point Cook right to the centre of the campus, and a car trip is barely five minutes. You could even walk if you have half an hour to spare.

Image Credit: Woods Bagot

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