State vs Private - How to choose the right school for you?

There are a total of 110 State and Private Schools on the Gold Coast. So how do you choose the right school for you and your child?

Here we take a look at the different types of schools (state vs private) and we include a comprehensive list of all private primary and secondary schools on the Gold Coast by suburb, including their annual school & tuition fees.


Gold Coast private schools & school fees


What is the difference between a State School and a Private School?


In Queensland we differentiate two types of schools, State and Private (or Independent) Schools. A State School is a Queensland government funded school, also often referred to as a Public School in other states.


Private Schools are made up of a diverse range of school cultures and teachings. These include Catholic, Christian and Anglican schools, Non-denominational, Community Schools and Boarding Schools.


Apart from the teaching philosophy, the difference is that State Schools are free to attend, while there is a tuition fee for the private/independent schools. Fees can range from a couple of thousand to up to $25,000 per year, which when compared to some of the elite private school tuition fees in Sydney and Melbourne is not all that much.


In order to get into a State School you generally have to live in the school’s catchment area. Depending on the school’s capacity they may take out-of-area students, so it’s worth contacting the school directly. Here’s a map with all the state school catchment areas by Gold Coast suburb.


Private schools will generally take students from any area, and often offer a school bus service to transport students between the different areas and suburbs of the Gold Coast. Especially for the more prestigious schools there can be a long waiting list, so it pays to start thinking about schools early on.


List of Private Schools on the Gold Coast


If you’re considering an independent private school for your kids, here’s a comprehensive list of private schools listed by area, dividing the Gold Cost into four main areas: Southern Gold Coast, Central Gold Coast, Northern Gold Coast and Western Gold Coast


NOTE: It is relevant to point out that in Queensland the first year a child attends school is called Prep, this is the same in Victoria and Tasmania. In NSW the first year is called Kindergarten or Kindy, in Western Australia it’s Pre-Primary, in South Australia it’s referred to as Reception while in the NT and ACT it’s known as Transition.


Private Schools Southern Gold Coast

(from Tweed / Coolangatta to Palm Beach / Tallebudgera)


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

Fees: approx. $7,000 - $10,000 per year


Pacific Coast Christian School, Tweed Heads The Pacific Coast Christian School is also located just across the border in NSW, but many children from the Southern end of the Gold Coast attend the school. It is a Christian school, from Prep to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $2,400 - $2,800 per year


St Augustine’s Parish Primary School, Currumbin

St Augustine's Parish Primary School is a co-educational Catholic primary school, Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $3,000 per year


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.

Fees: approx. $6,700 - $9,500 per year


Private Schools Central Gold Coast

(from Burleigh to Broadbeach)


Marymount Primary School, Burleigh Waters Marymount is a co-educational Catholic Primary School providing education for students from Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $1,700 per year


Marymount College, Burleigh Waters Marymount College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational secondary school for students from Year 7 to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $4,400 - $5,000 per year


Gold Coast Christian College, Reedy Creek Gold Coast Christian College is a Christian school from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12. The College offers small class sizes to maximise learning outcomes and is Christ-centred with daily class worships, weekly chapel programs and additional special event

Fees: approx. $6,000 - $8,000 per year


Hillcrest Christian College, Reedy Creek 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 - $11,000 per year


King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek

King's Christian College is a co-educational Christian college. They have three campuses including Reedy Creek, Pimpama and Logan Village 40km south of Brisbane opened in 2020. 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).

Fees: approx. $6,000 - $9,000 per year


Mastery Schools Australia, Varsity Lakes (Specialty School)

Opening in 2021, Mastery Schools Australia is a new concept Middle School that focusses exclusively on the needs of students Year 4-9 who have fallen behind or are experiencing learning difficulties.

Fees: textbook and consumables levy approx. $1,000 per year


Arcadia College, Robina (Specialty School) Arcadia College is a co-educational secondary school (year 7 to Year 12) located in Robina. As a Special Assistance School, they cater for a diverse range of students’ learning, emotional, psychological and physical needs. The college doesn’t charge school tuition fees, just a levy of $250 per term to ensure students have access to quality resources and facilities.

Fees: approx. $1,000 per year


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.

Fees: approx. $15,000 - $19,000 per year


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.

Fees: approx. $8,000 - $10,000 per year


St Michael’s College, Merrimac St Michael’s College is a co-educational Catholic College for students from Years 7 to Year 12. Situated high on the hill at Merrimac, the school takes in expansive views of the beautiful Gold Coast coastline.

Fees: approx. $6,100 per year


St Vincent’s Primary School, Clear Island Waters 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.

Fees: approx. $3,700 per year


Private Schools Northern Gold Coast

(from Surfers Paradise north)


St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Benowa St Kevin's School is a coeducational Catholic primary school, serving Prep to Year 6, they also have an Early Leaning Centre.

Fees: approx. $3,700


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.

Fees: approx. $8,000 – $10,000 per year


Aquinas College, Ashmore Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic co-educational school. The college is owned by the Parish and is administered and staffed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Aquinas College has approx. 1200 students from Year 7 to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $5,000 per year


Guardian Angels’ Catholic Primary School, Ashmore Guardian Angels is a Christian Primary School in the Catholic tradition, serving children Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $3,500 per year


Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore Trinity Lutheran College is a Prep to Year 12 Christian co-educational college, it also offers an on-site Early Learning Centre.

Fees: approx. $9,000 to $11,000


St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, Nerang St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School is a small (approx. 410 students) co-educational Catholic primary school serving families of the Nerang Catholic Parish from Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $2,800 per year


St Hilda’s School, Southport (Girls only)

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

Fees: approx. $13,000 - $22,000 per year


The Southport School, Southport (Boys only) 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.

Fees: approx. $14,000 to $25,000


Southport Flexible Learning Centre, Southport (Specialty School)

The Southport Flexible Learning Centre falls under the banner of Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school is committed to working with young people who wish to re-engage with education, and who have found challenges at mainstream school. It is a catholic, co-educational school for Y7 - Y12.

Fees: n/a


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.

Fees: approx. $11,000 – $13,500 per year


Jubilee Primary School, Pacific Pines The Jubilee Primary School is one of Brisbane Catholic Education’s three Ecumenical Schools, it offers education from Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $3,000 per year


St Francis Xavier School, Runaway Bay St Francis Xavier School is a Catholic primary school for Prep to Year 6

Fees: approx. $3,300 per year


Coomera Anglican College, Coomera Coomera Anglican College is co-educational Private Christian School offering early learning, primary and secondary education to approx. 1,400 students per annum.

Fees: approx. $7,500 – $11,000 per year


St Stephen’s College, Coomera Saint Stephen's College is a co-educational, Preparatory to Year 12 independent school. They also offer Early learning for children aged 2 to 5.

Fees: approx. $2,100 - $2,800 per year


St Joseph's College, Coomera

Part of the Brisbane Catholic Education, St Joseph's College in Coomera opened in 2019, and teaches students from Prep to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $3,000 - $4,400 per year


Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera Assisi Catholic College is a co-educational Prep -Year 12 College staffed by Brisbane Catholic Education.

Fees: approx. $3,600 - $5,200 per year


King’s Christian College, Pimpama

King's Christian College is a Christian co-educational college with three campuses; Reedy Creek, Pimpama and Logan Village 40km south of Brisbane opened in 2020. The Pimpama campus currently offers an Early Learning Centre, Primary Education and High School Years 7 to 9, an additional year level is added annually, with Year 10 commencing in 2022 and the first Year 12 cohort will graduate in 2024.

Fees: approx. $6,000 - $8,000 per year


Livingstone Christian College, Ormeau Christian education to families on the Northern Gold Coast, from Prep through to Year 12. The College also has an Early Learning Centre and offers a Pre-Prep education program.

Fees: approx. $4,200 - $6,500 per year


LORDS, Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School, Ormeau LORDS (Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School) is a co-educational Lutheran school for students from Kindy to Year 12

Fees: approx. $4,000 - $6,100 per year


Toogoolawa School, Ormeau (Specialty School) Toogoolawa School is an alternative provider of education for boys aged 9-15 years who no longer attend or are no longer welcome in mainstream schooling. They don’t charge school tuition fees, just a levy of $45 per week to cover the cost of resources and facilities.

Fees: $45 per week


Rivermount College, Yatala Situated on 32 hectares alongside the Albert River at Yatala, Rivermount College is a non-denominational, co-educational Christian College for students from Prep to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $6,300 - $8,000 per year


Private Schools Western Gold Coast

(Mt Tamborine Area)


St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Beaudesert St Mary’s is a Catholic Primary School from Prep to Year 6, run by Brisbane Catholic Education. They also offer an onsite kindergarten (Early Learning Centre).

Fees: approx. $2,000 per year


Tamborine Mountain College, Tamborine Mountain Tamborine Mountain College is a small independent, non-denominational co-educational school for ages Prep to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $3,500 - $7,000 per year


Emmaus College, Jimboomba Emmaus College is a co-educational ecumenical College that caters for students from Kindergarten (Early Learning) to Year 12.

Fees: approx. $3,300 - $5,300 per year


Silkwood School, Mt. Nathan Silkwood is a private, government accredited co-educational school for students Prep to Year 12. They also offer and Early Learning Centre.

Fees: approx. $3,500 - $6,800 per year


All Saints Primary School, Boonah All Saints’ School is a co-educational Catholic Primary School that provides an education for students from Prep to Year 6.

Fees: approx. $1,900 per year


The Kooralbyn International College, Korralbyn The Kooralbyn International College is a small non-religious, co-educational school for Prep to Year 12, they also offer boarding. School fees vary drastically for families living in the local area vs out of area enrolments.

Fees: approx. $900 - $1,800 per year (in area) / approx. $4,700 - $7,000 per year (out of area)



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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