Is this a school for all students?
Absolutely! The individualised nature of the program at Humanitas enables students to work with their interests and needs, making progress from wherever they are at. This way of working can be extremely beneficial for students with varying abilities, particularly those who might seek more challenge, depth and rigour as well as those who are struggling and need more time to consolidate concepts. We believe all students learn best when they are engaged and motivated in topics they are interested in, and supported to make choices in the ways they learn new skills and new knowledge.
In our experience as democratic educators, this kind of environment does require a degree of self-direction, which is enhanced with practise (ie our learners get better at directing their own learning by engaging in that - daily, weekly and for life!). It can also be a busy and energetic learning environment - while there are spaces for quiet, relaxation and calm thinking, the more flexible structure does tend to create an environment that could be challenging for students who require a strict structured order to their day.
Humanitas, in our opinion, is for everyone, but does best suit students who like to engage, want to be treated with respect and wish to do more with their time at school.
What is the enrolment policy?
We are a deliberately small school, with multi-age classes to create a sense of community - where students know each other and are known. We plan on starting with Year 7 in 2021 (mid-year from Term Three) and both Year 7 and Year 8 in 2022, with a maximum of 30 students per year level, and growing to intake 30 students per year level in Years 7-12 (with a total enrolment of 180 students).
As a small school, if enrolments are beyond our capacity our priority is such:
Siblings of current students
Students who are graduates of democratic schools (e.g. Pine Community School and other member schools of the Australian Democratic Education Community)
Children of staff
Students with a demonstrated interest in self-directed learning.
All students applying for a place at Humanitas are asked to submit a one minute video on why they want to attend the school. This helps the staff to support their needs.
Are you a religious school?
No. We welcome students and staff of all religious persuasions and none. Our school promotes common human values such as kindness, respect, inquisitiveness and diversity. While individual students may learn about all religions and cultures of the world, and many different cultural holidays and festivals are celebrated, the school is not affiliated with any religion.
What are the fees like?
We wish to keep our fees as low as possible, to enable maximum access to our wonderful school. In 2021, we will be trialing a sliding scale system, where individual families will nominate a financial payment suited to their circumstance to assist with paying our staff and resourcing our school (as a non-government school we have limited funds and must charge something). Financial arrangements with the school will be confidential for each family. Fundraising for individual student projects as well as ongoing costs will be a creative and necessary part of our school, but we are committed to keeping the cost low for all families as a founding principle. For more information on working out how much you would pay, see this document.
Is there a uniform?
The directors of Humanitas believe that students as individuals should be free to choose their own clothing, and to feel safe and comfortable in their clothing. As such, there is no formal uniform at Humanitas, but students are expected to follow workplace health and safety practices for curriculum experiences (e.g. suitable enclosed shoes when using tools, hats when outside in the sun). Recently, we conducted extensive consultation with teachers, students and parents across Brisbane and uniform challenges were a key area that caused tension for all parties and took away from the fundamental importance of learning and relationships between staff and students.
When school commences, we anticipate the students themselves will create a uniform policy to ensure everyone is able to dress in a manner that reflects their individuality, as well as respecting their community and encompassing safety guidelines.
This sounds amazing! I’d like to enrol my child.
If you would like to stay in touch with the school and find out more information, please fill out the enquiry form in the contact section of this website with your name, your child’s name and proposed year of entry (e.g. Year 7 in 2022). We are hosting information sessions at multiple locations during 2021. Current dates include:
Saturday 20th February, 2021, 10am to 11:30am, at our school home base, 93 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. Tuesday 16th March, 2021, 7pm to 8:30pm, at Pine Community School, 123 Bunya Rd, Arana Hills.
Saturday 8th May, 2021, 2pm to 3:30pm, at our school home base, 93 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.
Saturday 21st August, 2021, 10am to 11:30am at 93 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.
Saturday 6th November, 2021 at 93 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.
If you wish to download and complete an enrolment form prior to attending an information session, please click this link.
We are currently accepting enrolments for Year 7s for 2021, and Year 7s and 8s for 2022. We are also recording expressions of interest for intakes beyond this time (we even have some for up to 2032, so it might be a good idea to express your interest now!)