The Essington International School Darwin is located in on two campuses in Rapid Creek/Nightcliff, and a third campus (Senior College) on the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University. These campuses are approximately ten kilometres from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational day school. The school originated in the early 1980s as a Montessori Kindergarten catering for children from three to five years of age. In 1990 the school expanded to cover all primary years through to and including Year Seven. In 2000 the school expanded to offer a program from Kindergarten to Year 10. In 2011 the School opened its Senior College, The Essington International Senior College, on the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University.

The Essington International School Darwin is structured in four phases:

  • Pre-School: this program caters for children in Toddlers - two and a half to three years of age; and Pre-school - three to five years of age; and Long Day Child Care
  • Early Learning Unit (Pre-Transition and Transition),
  • Junior School (Years 1 to 5)
  • Middle School (Years 6 to 9)
  • Senior College (Years 10/11 to 12).

The Essington International School Darwin class sizes are small and usually with a student : teacher ratio of 22:1. Middle School Elective classes and Senior College classes are usually smaller. The school’s vision takes a holistic approach to education that ensures an effective and challenging educational program, which is based on the individual needs of the child with the emphasis being placed on the recognition of differences between children. The school provides a positive, nurturing environment in which children are encouraged to pursue their potential. In line with its philosophy, The Essington International School Darwin provides a fully inclusive program, catering for children with a diverse range of needs.

The School offers the national Australian curriculum and enhances this with international curricula, mainly the UK Cambridge Education international curriculum. The School is an accredited Cambridge International School by Cambridge University’s Cambridge Education, and is delivering Cambridge programs at the primary and secondary levels.

At senior secondary level, the Senior College offers the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) which is the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The School has had twenty plus year’s membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and its founding group, the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

In 2016 the School was accredited by Trinity College London, UK, as a Trinity College London centre delivering their programs and exams in music, singing, drama and speech.

The School has a long association with the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and offers this program to students in Years 9 to 12. Over eighty students a year complete Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards in this program.

With the School’s very high performance on national and international assessment programs, international education is becoming a major focus of the school in the secondary levels.

The school also has sister school relationships with schools in Asia, the Oman, and interstate independent schools. Through these arrangements the school is able to offer short term student exchanges to our Middle School and Senior College students, and to students in sister schools. Essington students also participate in international basketball sporting tours to Asia. Cultural, environmental, and community support tours also take place to various parts of Asia. Essington Dance students annually participate in dance extension programs in Singapore, principally at the National University of Singapore.

The school has a strong emphasis on learning programs and co-curricular programs in the Arts and Technology. It is able to offer a wide range of music tuition and singing programs through its Academy of Youth Arts NT with over two hundred and fifty students involved in these programs. With the inclusion of Trinity College London programs, from 2017, programs and student numbers are expected to increase. The School has a strong emphasis on science and technology through its STEM Programs across the school curriculum. This followed a visit by three Science and Mathematics Teachers to the UK national STEM Centre at the University of York in the United Kingdom in 2014.