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Best Primary Schools on the Gold Coast for 2023

We've listed the 15 best Gold Coast primary schools by region, including state (public) schools and private schools.

Schools are listed by Gold Coast region from South to North and results are based on the 2022 published NAPLAN results. We've included the top 15 best primary schools, out of a total of 84 primary schools that participated in NAPLAN.


Topping the chart overall for the second time in a row, the best primary school on the Gold Coast is The Southport School (TSS), an all-boys private school located in Southport.



The Southport School best primary school on the Gold Coast
TSS best primary school on the Gold Coast

Best primary schools Southern Gold Coast

(from Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera)


Located in beautiful natural surroundings, Tallebudgera State School is a QLD government school for years Prep to Y6. The school only takes students living within the Tallebudgera catchment area and has a maximum enrolment capacity of 805 students.


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


Elanora State School is a Prep to Year 6 co-educational QLD Government primary school serving families living in the Elanora catchment area. The school currently has 1,019 students enrolled.


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

 

Best primary schools Central Gold Coast

(from Burleigh to Southport)

The Southport School, also referred to as TSS, is an Independent Anglican school for boys from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. Boarding is also available from Year 7.


Private school / Boys only / Tuition fees: approx. $14,000 per year


St Hilda's School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school for students Pre-Prep to Year 12.


Private school / Girls only / Tuition fees: approx. $13,000 per year


The Broadbeach State school serves families in the Broadbeach and Clear Island Waters catchment area. It is a co-educational, QLD government school, with a maximum of 992 students.


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


Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary schools and caters for approximately 1500 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $15,000 per year


All Saints Anglican School is a prestigious Christian school on the Gold Coast and welcomes all students irrespective of ethnic or religious origins.

All Saints offers a Junior School, Middle School and Senior School from Pre-Prep to Year 12.


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

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Emmanuel College is an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school. The College caters to students from Prep through to Year 12 and there is also an affiliated on-campus Early Leaning Centre.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,000 - $10,000 per year


Hillcrest Christian College is an independent Christian school located in Reedy Creek. The medium-size (approx. 1500 students) co-educational Christian school caters to kids from Pre-Prep (Early Learning) to Year 12.


Fees: approx. $7,500 per year


Varsity College is a QLD Government primary & high school, one of the few state schools that are combined, serving children from Prep to Year 12. The school has approx. 3,370 students across the primary and high school years.


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


Bellevue Park is a Queensland government co-educational state school serving children from the Ashmore / Southport area from Prep to Year 6. Bellevue Park State School only takes students living within the catchment area and has a maximum enrolment capacity of 688 students.


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


St Vincent's Catholic Parish Primary School are a co-educational primary school (Prep to Year 6) and is a part of the Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $3,700 per year

 

Best primary schools Northern Gold Coast

(north of Southport)


A.B. Paterson College is a leading co-educational, non-denominational private school. They offer Pre-Prep, Primary and Secondary education.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $11,000 per year


Saint Stephen's College is a co-educational, Preparatory to Year 12 independent school.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $8,300 - $11,000 per year


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