Secondary schools

Secondary Schools


Offering some of Australia’s finest secondary schools, the Gold Coast offers a foundation for a bright future.

Gold Coast high-school students will enjoy a diverse learning environment that is both personally enriching and educational so that they may develop the skills and attributes needed to thrive in a changing world.

Types of secondary schools include government schools and non-government schools, including faith-based and independent private colleges, all of which follow the Australian Curriculum.

Generally, government run schools are available only to those students you live nearby in the ‘school catchment’ area. Independent schools and private colleges do not usually require students to live in catchment, although other enrolment criteria may be required.

Our secondary schools aim to develop students into independent and successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens – with the view to giving them all the skills, knowledge and capabilities to create a bright future.

Secondary schools offer a broad curriculum including the key learning areas – English, mathematics, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), technology, health and physical education. Students can also choose from a wide range of subjects and courses that count towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education and training, entrepreneurial pursuits and other work.

Gold Coast secondary schools offer a framework for students to excel:

  • Small class sizes (a maximum of 30 students in a class).
  • University-trained and qualified teachers and specialist teachers in subject areas.
  • High quality facilities – including leading technology, with all schools having computers and internet access.
  • Excellence programs and scholarships to extend students who are high achievers.
  • Individual learning programs for students who require additional learning support.
  • Quality assurance frameworks where schools must meet required standards.
  • School counsellors and student welfare support teams
  • English as a second language support staff and programs