I'm in a stage where I need to start looking for a reasonable primary school, either public or private, for my little one next year. There are tens of factors I must put into the formula, for example, school fees & costs, housing costs (if we have to move into school catchment), learning and student environment, school reputation, social networking capability etc. While most of these can be found/ranked statistically, I found it's hard to compare overall costs between public vs private schools. Where private schools are very straight forward with all their fees and charges, public schools in QLD I've been looking at, don't have much information about their charges available online.
While my budget for primary years is between minimum to $3,000 per year for private school, I don't have much idea of how much on average it costs for a primary year at a QLD/Brisbane area public school. I've been spoken to some friends, some said public vs private schools are hugely different in terms of costs, but some said they are not much different these days due to public schools tend to have numerous voluntary charges/levies.
And also which are the best ways to have a true review of the schools?