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Right from the start, Presbyterian Ladies' College has been known for the high academic standards achieved by its students and the broad co-curricular program that underpins our commitment to a well-rounded education.

From its foundation in 1875, Presbyterian Ladies’ College has been renowned for the high academic achievements of its students. This continues today and we are extremely proud of each girl’s achievements, regardless of her final results.

PLC is a non-selective school. Even so, the school consistently achieves some of the finest results throughout Australia, not because our students are uniformly brilliant but because each student is encouraged to pursue her interests, develop her talents, and reach beyond what she might think she is capable of. Our results consistently place over two thirds of our Year 12 students in the top 10% of all students in Australia, that is, by gaining an ATAR of 90+ or higher.

In Years 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to study either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Both programs are normally taken over two years.

In the Senior School, specialist facilities include extensive science and computer laboratories, art and ceramic studios, library and information resource centre, geographic-interactive lab, a 200-seat lecture theatre and a 1,000-seat Assembly Hall that also caters for music, dance and drama productions. 

A new full-sized, Olympic standard synthetic hockey and tennis field was completed in 2011. In 2012, a new Learning Resource Centre, housing a magnificent 2-storey Library and suites of new Information Technology, Audio Visual and IT design laboratories was also completed.

Since 2013 there has been a major transformation of the Senior School covering extensive works across the facilities. These include a complete transformation of our Science Precinct and Year 8 and Classrooms which in total saw the redevelopment of 17 science laboratories and classrooms, 2 new seminar rooms and 12 staff spaces, preparatory rooms and work areas.

Works began at the very foundations of these rooms, which saw every piece of flooring, roofing and wall elements removed and then replaced, completely transforming each space into state-of-the-art, high-tech, light-filled and incredibly inspiring learning, living and working environments.

New works have also included the development of the new Year 7 Centre - a magnificent new space for Year 7 students designed to help them make the transition from Junior School to the learning environment in the Senior School.

There has also been the redevelopment of all major entrances into the Senior School, all the key stairwells, the creation of a new Meal Centre (which was the former PLC boiler room).

Truly this has been an incredible period of development and transformation at PLC.