Christian school enrolments in Australia have soared over a five-year period, surpassing growth in public and other independent schools.
Christian schools added more than 10,000 students between 2013 and 2018, with the 18 per cent growth outstripping the 7.7 per cent growth seen in government school numbers.
The independent sector recorded only a 1.7 per cent annual growth over the same period.
According to the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS), enrolment growth was driven by an increasing demand for a Christian education.
This included families who did regard themselves as regular church-goers and parents who hadn’t gone to Christian schools themselves.
AACS Executive Director Alithea Westerman says enrolment discussions are revealing religious and non-religious parents say that their decision to switch is a result of the philosophies and social campaigns being advocated in public schools.
The Australian Prayer Network reports that lower fees at Christian schools also make them more accessible than many other non-government institutions.