Access to quality education for our children is paramount. Ararat’s broad range of education options, from pre-school through to adult education, contributes to the city’s vibrant and engaging sense of community.

For those living out of town, bus transport is generally provided for your children to and from school each day free of charge. But if you choose to live in Ararat, chances are your children will be able to walk to school each day in perfect safety!

In fact, a number of Ararat and district primary schools are active participants in the ‘Walking School Bus Program’, taking up the challenge of encouraging the entire school community – children, parents and teachers alike – to walk or ride to school along designated ‘Safe Routes’.

Quality education is a priority in Ararat. This philosophy begins with excellent day care services, of which there are several, and continues through pre-school, primary and secondary school and through to university level.

Ballarat University’s Ararat campus provides a range of options for tertiary education, and there are a number of night time adult learning options.

Nearby is Stawell is the Skene Street Special Development School for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. It offers door to door pick up and return daily for students.

List of local schools

  • Ararat Community College
  • Ararat North Primary School
  • Ararat Primary School
  • Ararat West Primary School
  • Buangor Primary School
  • Elmhurst Primary School
  • Lake Bolac Community College
  • Marian College
  • Maroona Primary School
  • Moyston Primary School
  • Pomonal Primary School
  • St Mary's Primary School
  • Willaura Primary School