Top High Schools on the Gold Coast, from South to North

Here are the top ranked secondary (high) schools on the Gold Coast, including private and state schools.
Somerset College Best High School on Gold Coast

Schools are ranked and displayed by Gold Coast region and are based on the 2019 year 9 academic results (in 2020 Naplan was cancelled due to COVID).


Top high schools Southern Gold Coast

(from Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera)


1. St Andrews Lutheran College, Tallebudgera

St Andrews is a private co-educational Lutheran school and offers an Early Learning Centre (Kindergarten & Pre-Prep) and Prep through to Year 12.


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,700 - $9,500 per year

2. Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, South Tweed and Terranora

Although not technically on the Gold Coast, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School serves many students of the southern Gold Coast area. It is a is a co-educational independent Anglican school, and offers Early Learning (Preschool) through to Year 12


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $7,000 - $10,000 per year

Top high schools Central Gold Coast

(from Burleigh to Broadbeach)


1. Somerset College, Mudgeeraba

Somerset College is an independent, non-denominational Christian day school. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary education providers and caters for approximately 1500 students from Pre-Prep to Year 12.

Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $15,000 - $19,000 per year


2. All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac

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 - $10,000 per year


3. Varsity College, Varsity Lakes

Varsity College is a QLD government secondary school for families in the Varsity Lakes catchment area. The school has a total capacity of 3,619 students from Year 7 to Year 12.


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


4. King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek

King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college. The Reedy Creek campus offers an Early Learning Centre and Prep through to Year 12 as well as a Trade Training Centre (Years 10-12).


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $6,000 - $9,000 per year

Top high schools Northern Gold Coast

(from Surfers Paradise north)


1. AB Paterson College, Arundel

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 - $13,500 per year


2. Emmanuel College, Carrara

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


3. St Hilda’s School, Southport

St Hilda's School is an all-girls independent Anglican day and boarding school for students Prep to Y12.


Private school / Girls only / Tuition fees: approx. $13,000 - $22,000 per year


4. St Stephen’s College, Coomera

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


Private school / Co-ed / Tuition fees: approx. $2,100 - $2,800 per year


5. The Southport School, 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 - $25,000 per year


N.B. School tuition fees are offered as a guide only, and are based on 2021 published fees, based on one child and in some cases may exclude special levies.

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