Legislation to move year seven students into high school from 2015 has been passed by Queensland Parliament, despite concerns about its effect in remote parts of the state.
The legislation was passed with bipartisan support, but Katter's Australian Party sought an amendment for students in remote areas who need to study year seven at their local primary schools.
Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says the change is bad for families in parts of Queensland where there are no high schools.
"Parents of these are greatly concerned at having to send their 12-year-old sons and daughters to boarding school one year earlier," he said.
Queensland Education Minister John Paul Langbroek says the policy's effect in remote areas will be monitored.
"We have got distance education provisions that we want to provide for some of these students," he said.
The legislation also gives legal recognition to prep as the first year of schooling.
Mr Langbroek says the new system is working at the schools currently trialling it.
"That's what I've seen as I've travelled to the trial schools," Mr Langbroek said.
"Good social interaction, carefully monitored by their teachers, and the leaders of their schools pointing out to me that the year eights have welcomed the year sevens into their schools."