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Discover the Best High Schools on the Gold Coast: Top 10 Rankings and Key Features

Topping the charts as the Gold Coast's premier high school, Somerset College in Mudgeeraba secures the highest combined score for years 7 and 9 in the most recent NAPLAN assessment.

Curious to know which High Schools on the Gold Coast Ranked in the Top 10 based on 2023 NAPLAN Results?

Out of the 45 high schools in the region that participated, here's a rundown of the schools that excelled in this year's assessment.


Somerset College Best High School on Gold Coast
Best Gold Coast High School: Somerset College in Mudgeeraba

Top 10 High Schools on the Gold Coast


For the fifth consecutive year, Somerset College claims the top spot on the list. Somerset College stands as one of Australia's premier independent primary and secondary schools. With an enrollment of approximately 1,625 students spanning from Pre-Prep to Year 12, the college continues to maintain its reputation for academic excellence.

Private school / Co-ed / Secular / Tuition fees: approx. $18,000 - $21,000 per year


A.B. Paterson College, situated in Arundel on the Northern Gold Coast, secures the second position on the list. Renowned for its commitment to academic excellence, this leading co-educational, non-denominational private school boasts a consistently strong academic record. Offering a comprehensive educational journey for approx. 1,600 pupils from Pre-Prep to Year 12.

Private school / Co-ed / Secular / Tuition fees: approx. $12,600 - $15,500 per year


Emmanuel College is in Carrara at the heart of the Gold Coast. As an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school, Emmanuel College provides education from Prep through to Year 12, including an affiliated on-campus Early Learning Centre. Committed to excellence across all aspects of education, the college's strong academic focus has yielded outstanding results. Noteworthy is its record of accomplishment in co-education, with male students consistently surpassing national benchmarks.


Private school / Co-ed / Christian / Tuition fees: approx. $10,000 - $13,000 per year


As a prestigious Christian school, All Saints Anglican School prides itself on its inclusive ethos, welcoming students from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,800 students across Junior School, Middle School, and Senior School, the schol maintains a commitment to academic excellence. Well-known for its achievements in Music, Drama, and Sports, All Saints Anglican School boasts a well-rounded educational experience for its students.


Private school / Co-ed / Christian / Tuition fees: approx. $12,000 - $16,000 per year


St Hilda’s School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school located in Southport, in the heart of the Gold Coast. With an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12, St Hilda’s School offers a comprehensive educational experience. Situated on a 14-hectare campus, the school provides a rigorous learning environment that is both active and innovative, aimed at nurturing the holistic development of each student.


Private school / Girls only / Anglican / Tuition fees: approx. $14,000 - $23,500 per year


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Nestled in the picturesque bushland of Tallebudgera just 10-minutes from BUrleigh Heads, St. Andrews is a private co-educational Lutheran school that boasts a stunning setting and state-of-the-art facilities. Accommodating students from Prep to Year 12, the school also features an Early Learning Centre for Kindergarten and Pre-Prep. With an enrollment of 1374 students, St. Andrews is committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment.


Private school / Co-ed / Christian / Tuition fees: approx. $7,800 - $10,500 per year


The Southport School (TSS) is an Anglican day and boarding school catering exclusively to boys from Prep to Year 12. With an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students, TSS holds the distinction of being the only boys' school and boys' boarding school on the Gold Coast. The school offers a balanced and holistic approach to boys' education, integrating academic and co-curricular programs to nurture well-rounded individuals.


Private school / Boys only / Anglican / Tuition fees: approx. $16,000 - $26,500 per year


King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college with campuses in Reedy Creek and Pimpama, spanning across Central and North Gold Coast. Additionally, in 2020 the college established a third campus in Logan Village, situated 40km south of Brisbane. With a collective enrollment exceeding 4,000 students across the three campuses, King's Christian College provides comprehensive early learning, primary, and secondary education. Additionally, the Reedy Creek campus features a Trade Training Centre, offering students the opportunity to complete Year 12 while gaining valuable skills for trade-based careers.


Private school / Co-ed / Christian / Tuition fees:

Pimpama $5,300 - $7,300 per year | Reedy Creek $6,000 - $8,200 per year


Benowa State High School is a leading coeducational high school situated on an expansive 18-hectare campus in the heart of the Gold Coast, just three kilometers west of Surfers Paradise. The school serves around 2,000 students from Year 7 to Year 12 in its catchment area, covering Benowa, Bundall, and parts of southern Ashmore. They offer a range of selective entry programs in arts, sports, and academics, along with a Steiner Excellence Program and an Academic French Immersion Program, making it the sole accredited French Bilingual High School in Australia. .


Government school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: n/a


Closing out our list at number ten is Coomera Anglican College, a co-educational private Christian school situated in Coomera on the northern end of the Gold Coast. With an annual enrollment of approximately 1,500 students, the college provides comprehensive early learning, primary, and secondary education. The College has a fine reputation for its outstanding academic performance, extensive use of innovative technology and dedicated pastoral care.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,500 - $12,000 per year


Noteworthy mentions...

Although both Gold Coast Christian College and Tamborine Mountain State High Schools were amongst the top 10 high schools on the Gold Coast, they have been omitted from this list due to lower participation rates. According to NAPLAN, schools must have a minimum of 11 participants and an 80% participation rate for fair comparison.


Additionally, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, situated in Terranora, Northern New South Wales, would have been among the top ten contenders. And while it services many families and students residing in the Southern Gold Coast area, because it is located outside the Gold Coast region, it did not make our list.


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Source & disclaimer: Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority 2023 NAPLAN results, ranked by combining the average year-level score for Y7 & Y9. We have in preparing this information used our best endeavours to ensure that the information contained herein is true and accurate but accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability in respect of any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or misstatements that may occur