Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) is one of Australia’s most successful and innovative schools and is internationally renowned for its extensive curriculum choice and outstanding academic results. While justly proud of its quality staff and superb facilities, one of MLC’s strengths is the individual character development of the students. The college’s dedicated and nurturing members of staff build on the individual aptitudes and learning styles of each student, instilling a passion for learning in a culture of respect. MLC creates leadership opportunities at all levels, with students of all ages taking responsibility for decision-making. They encourage young minds to be inspired, independent and resourceful. MLC is a day and boarding school for girls from Prep to Year 12, with a specially designed early learning centre (MLC Kindle) for girls and boys from six weeks to five years.

Facilities: MLC provides students with wonderful learning spaces, including specialist buildings, such as the state-of-the-art Junior School, well-equipped Physical Education Centre, redeveloped science building, music school, extensive library and research facilities incorporating a high-tech multimedia centre.

Curriculum: MLC offers one of the broadest curricular in Australia. In Years 11 and 12, students choose between three distinct learning pathways — the IB (International Baccalaureate), VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and VCE VET (Vocational Education and Training) — to create a course which matches their interests and goals. More than 70 subjects are offered from Sciences, Maths, Humanities, Languages, Arts, Music, Drama and Technology to VET subjects including Hospitality, Multimedia, Music Industry Skills, Fitness and Community Recreation. Technology is integrated across the curriculum and every student from Years 5 to 12 has her own notebook computer. Students in Year 5 to Year 8 take part in an education outdoors program at MLC Banksia on the Gippsland Lakes and Year 9 students participate in an optional eight-week residential term at MLC Marshmead, in the beautiful Croajingolong National Park.

Sport: Participation is the aim, with opportunities for inter-house, inter-school, interstate and elite competitions. More than 30 sports are offered including netball, gymnastics, basketball, rowing, tennis, kayaking, snow sports and swimming.

Co-curricular activities: Individuals flourish with an enormous range of co-curricular activities. Clubs include drama, chess and Eco-care (environmental interest group). There are many opportunities for involvement in musical pursuits and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, as well as indigenous and community initiatives. MLC will discover and nurture every student’s passion.

Student welfare programs
: Student care is paramount and underpins all the teaching programs. Each student is valued as an important member of the school community. The well-planned four-school structure ensures that every student is known and cared for. There are extensive wellbeing programs and specialist staff include student counsellors, career counsellors, chaplains, deaf integration aides and ESL teachers (English Language Support).

Scholarships: MLC offers Boarding, Academic and Music/Academic Scholarships, Principal’s Scholarships for limited-income families, the Dr Wood Scholarship for students with a direct family connection to the college and Indigenous Scholarships.

Boarding facilities
: Surrounded by traditional leafy gardens, MLC’s boarding experience at Tiddeman House provides a happy home for over 110 students from Australia and around the world. A global village, it is a place where respect, care and understanding are paramount, fulfilling the role of the boarder’s extended family. Tiddeman House is a safe, caring home away from home for Years 7 to 12 students combining tradition with modern facilities and technology. Senior boarders have the option to experience the Transition to Tertiary program. This program prepares students for tertiary life in a supportive positive manner. The college leases fully furnished apartments at Swinburne Place, a student complex designed for academic studies, and a short stroll from MLC. Up to four students share an apartment. Every student has their own bedroom with generous workspace and broadband access. Support and guidance is close at hand with an MLC residential tutor on duty every evening.

School Information

Methodist Ladies College
  • Type: Independent
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Single-sex, Girls

  • Faith-based: Uniting Church
  • Year: Kindergarten - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day and Boarding
  • Enrolment: 2000 from mlc kindle to year 12
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered: N/A  
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: Yes
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre: Own Preschool
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options: Affiliated After School Care
  • Fees: 12k - 16k tuition from $14,434 to $24,596 per annum; tuition for international full fee students $32,893 per annum; boarding fee $20,823 per annum
  • Address:207 Barkers Road, Kew 3101
  • Phone:03 9274 6316
  • Fax:: 03 9819 5143
  • HSC Subjects offered:English, Science, Maths, humanities, languages, commerce, home economics and hospitality, physical education, art and design, dramatic arts, music
  • Scholarships Available:Academic, sports, performing arts, Music, science, indigenous and boarding

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