We are currently full for 2021 and finalising enrolments for 2022. Please email if you would like to be added to a waiting list for vacancies.
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 are starting with Year 7 in 2021 (mid-year from Term Three) and both Year 7 and Year 8 in 2022, with a maximum of 15-20 students per year level, and growing to intake 30 students per year level in Years 7-12 (with a total enrolment of 180 students) when we are able to access a larger building.
As a small school, if enrolments are beyond our capacity our priorities is such:
Siblings of current students
Students with a demonstrated interest in self-directed learning.
Children of staff
Students who are graduates of democratic schools (e.g. Pine Community School and other member schools of the Australian Democratic Education Community)
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 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. 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 accessible 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. The students who attend our school agree. 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.
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, 2pm to 3:30pm at 93 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.
The process for enrolment is as follows;
Get in touch via our enquiry form or email to let us know who you are.
Attend an information session or open day to find out more about the school.
Complete an enrolment application including; enrolment form, offer for fees, enrolment video, payment of enrolment fee ($80).
Humanitas High School will contact you to discuss your application, a trial place may be offered immediately in some circumstances.
Offers for placement in the subsequent year will be initially sent in May and finalised in October.
Complete additional paperwork including: Application for membership of Humanitas High School Ltd. (Every family has voting rights at our general meetings), general excursion permission forms, Online Learning Policy Agreement, and any other details relating to your enrolment.
Complete 4 week trial and finalise placement. This formality allows families a chance to experience Humanitas High School, and see what it's like, as well as a chance for families and staff to sit down together at the end of four weeks and discuss what they have experienced. While the majority of families choose to continue after this time, Humanitas does reserve the right to not continue enrolment where student details and family commitments are not concurrent with what was presented during the initial enrolment process.
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 2023, as well as waiting list inquiries 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!)