Boarding | Caulfield Grammar School

Why choose to board at Caulfield Grammar School? 

Caulfield Grammar has always been a boarding school and is committed to providing a secure, supportive and caring learning environment for girls and boys living away from home.

Students at Caulfield Grammar get access to an incredible breadth of opportunities including broad subject offerings, our Internationalism Programme (Year 9) based at our Nanjing Campus in China, our Year 9 Cafe programme, Year 10 Outdoor Odyssey programme, outstanding sports programmes with dedicated coaches and support from our dedicated teaching staff. Caulfield Grammar has a long history of outstanding VCE results, with our boarding students featuring prominently in the top scores.

Girls and boys share common recreation and dining facilities but are accommodated in separate boarding houses. Students have supervised study blocks in which tutors are available. All living arrangements, including meals, social activities and study are supervised by boarding staff. WiFi is accessible in the boarding house.

While enjoying the friendly, family atmosphere of the small boarding community of around 95 boarders, students can enjoy the excellent facilities of Caulfield Campus, including: library, fully equipped  gymnasium, music school, tennis courts, indoor basketball courts, netball courts, 650 seat auditorium, performing arts studio, playing fields and a heated indoor swimming pool.

“The ATAR results have always been good here and academically I am really improving. Teachers are always nearby, so if you are having problems with study there is always someone there to help”  David, Year 12, Tatyoon.

Where is the Boarding House?

The Boarding House is located on the historic Caulfield Campus in St Kilda East, and is the closest coeducational APS boarding school to the heart of Melbourne. Boys and girls – brothers and sisters – can board, study and experience all that Melbourne has to offer together.

Caulfield Campus is just 8kms from the city centre. Ripponlea Railway Station on the Sandringham line is a short walk from the campus, as are the route 67, 3 and 16 tram services, giving access to wider Melbourne and the CBD itself, which is famous for its shopping, restaurants and cafes, theatre, sports and entertainment offerings.

Closer to campus, students will find cinemas, shops and cafes within walking distance in Ripponlea and Elsternwick.

Who are the boarders?

Boarders at Caulfield Grammar School generally come from country Victoria and Southern New South Wales, along with a small contingent of students from other states and overseas.

Boys and girls in secondary years are welcome to apply. Most of our students join the school in years 9 and 10.

“Everyone is so friendly here, it’s like having 95 brothers and sisters and I have made many friends from overseas. I wanted to board since Year 7 and I found out about Caulfield through other boarders who I used to play tennis with. There are lots of boarders from my area.”  Samantha, Year 12, Moama.

Boarding FAQs

• How many students does the boarding house accommodate?
The boarding house is currently configured to accommodate 51 boys and 44 girls in separate boarding houses, but students share common recreation and dining facilities.

• Can boarders travel home for weekends?
There are many opportunities for student leave. Leave requests are submitted to, and authorised by the Head of Boarding, which also applies to Special Leave requests for leave on school nights or during normal school hours. Students remaining on campus are involved in a range of activities, including Saturday morning sport and can spend their free time utilising the schools proximity to the city and the comprehensive public transport available to them.

• What is Caulfield Grammar’s record of VCE success?
View Caulfield Grammar’s recent VCE Results.

Boarders are able to take advantage of the extensive academic support available to them – with a history of excellent results. In the last two years, 38% of boarders have achieved an ATAR of 90 or above and 70% of boarders have achieved an ATAR of 75 or above.

• What academic support is available to boarders?
Living on campus has great advantages for boarders. Study time is scheduled and boarding students are assisted by resident staff and by specialist teachers who tutor on midweek evenings. Studying in peer groups is also greatly beneficial.

• How can families be involved in the boarding community?
Boarders undertake an orientation program, including a 24 hour “live-in” for new families. Families are also kept informed, they receive a weekly newsletter, boarding community dinners are held at the beginning of each term and the Boarders Parents’ and Friends’ Group addresses boarding specific issues and provides a network of contacts.

More information

Click below to see a digital copy of our boarding brochure, or head to the Contact Us page to get in touch.