Choosing schools and universities for your kids at Calderwood Valley



One of the best things about living in Calderwood Valley is that the Illawarra region is such a fantastic place to raise a family. Not only is it surrounded by open space and fresh air, but it’s home to some excellent educational institutions.

We know that education is often top of the priority list when deciding to move to a new area. Here’s a guide to choosing the right schools, and some of the options available to your family if you make the move to Calderwood Valley.


Key considerations

What is important to you?

This is probably the most important part of choosing a school for your child. The education your child receives will most likely be at the top of the list, and rightly so. However, are there other factors you want to consider? Do you want a sport focused school so your children can further their athletic ambitions? Do you want a school that caters to your family’s religious values? Is there a certain area of study you’re interested in? All of these factors go into choosing the right school.

What do others think?

What works for one family or student might not always work for another. But your friends and the Calderwood Valley community can be excellent resources. Talk to your neighbours who have kids. Do they like where their kids are going to school? Would they have done anything differently during their school search? Picking their brains can help lead you in the right direction.

Where is it?

While other aspects might seem more important, a school’s location can play a major role in your child’s education. With Calderwood Valley just 20 minutes from Wollongong and within 30 minutes of great options in other directions, you won’t have to worry about straying too far from home to find a great school for the kids or yourself.

Does it feel right?

Visiting a school is a key step in figuring out if it’s right for your child. It’s even better if the whole family can go. Most schools will have open house days that allow prospective attendees to go and check out the facilities and meet teachers. If you’re swaying between a few schools, arrange to have a visit and see how you and your child feel about each one.



Some of the best Illawarra schools

Calderwood Valley is close to a range of excellent schools for students of all ages. In addition to these, Calderwood Valley plans to have its own primary schools for children between kindergarten and year 6, a high school for year 7 to year 12 students and a childcare centre. You can check the Department of Education’s website to confirm public school locations available to you here

Here are just a few of the other great schools that are close to Calderwood Valley.

Calderwood Christian School

Calderwood Christian School is great for families who place a premium on Christian education and want a top-notch option that isn’t too far from home. Students ranging from prep age all the way through Year 12 have a chance to excel through a strong bond with teachers and peers.

Albion Park Public School

Albion Park Public School takes particular pride in literacy and numeracy teaching and of highly acclaimed sporting and cultural programs. This school is located just 2.3km from Calderwood Valley.

Albion Park High School

Albion Park High School is a comprehensive co-educational high school located just 2.4km from Calderwood Valley. The school was established in 1991 and has built up a strong reputation for great academic, sporting and cultural achievements.

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School prides itself on being an inclusive and welcoming faith community. The school is located just a two-minute drive from Calderwood Valley.

Tullimbar Public School

Located underneath the impressive Illawarra escarpment, Tullimbar Public School prides itself on providing a dynamic, stimulating and caring environment. Boasting a range of extra-curricular activities and sports clubs, your child will be in a great place to flourish both in and out of the classroom.

Illawarra Sports High School

Australia is a nation that loves its sport, and the Illawarra region is no different. Have a child that wants to seriously pursue his or her athletic dreams? > Illawara Sports High School is a fantastic place to do so.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School

Located just 1.9km from Calderwood Valley, St Joseph’s aims to foster the development of spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional growth of students.



University of Wollongong

One of the top institutions in Australia, the University of Wollongong (UoW) gives students the chance to explore more than 400 bachelor and graduate study programs. Whether you’re just out of high school or are looking to continue your education after being out of the classroom for a while, UoW’s location, amazing facilities and wonderful campus make it a great choice for those in Calderwood Valley.

TAFE Illawarra

TAFE NSW is Australia’s leading provider for vocational education and training courses. There are a number of TAFE locations in the Illawarra region offering a wide range of courses, from pre-apprenticeship to diploma courses. TAFE Ilawarra


The strong schools in the Illawarra are just one of the great things about living in Calderwood Valley. Keen to find out what’s on offer in the area? Take a look at our guide to the adventure sports and activities taking place right on your doorstep.