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Gold Coast High School Ranking | including Tweed and Byron

Are you interested in finding out more about Gold Coast high school ranking to help inform your decisions? Parents and their children have important decisions to make when it comes to choosing the best high school for their child.

Different families will value different things – some may be very academically focused, some may prioritise sport and activities and some may be interested in pastoral care and development. There are many elements to consider when it comes to choosing a good school.

Looking at year 9 NAPLAN results and Gold Coast high school ranking is one comparative tool (of many) that parents can use to make an informed choice. While this is certainly not the only thing to consider, the school ranking can be an indication of how the literacy and numeracy of students has improved over the course of the first two years of high school. This doesn’t necessarily make one school ‘better’ than another but it’s data that can possibly be used to help you decide.

If your student shows particular skill or aptitude in certain areas you may also want to consider consider applying for a scholarship at a Gold Coast school.

If you are looking for Gold Coast High School Ranking based on the newly released Year 12 ATAR resultsclick here.

Best High Schools in BRISBANE – click here

Gold Coast schools with the highest YEAR 9 NAPLAN results

Gold Coast scholarships - A.B. Peterson College and Gold Coast high school ranking

The following list is based on the 2016 year 9 results from the literacy (English) and numeracy (Maths) NAPLAN tests. These results came from this source if you would like to do similar comparisons yourself. The Gold Coast high school ranking percentile indicates the school’s state overall score.

  • Somerset College – 100th percentile
  • All Saints Anglican School – 99th percentile
  • Emmanuel College – 99th percentile – see the Emmanuel College parent fact sheet here
  • A B Paterson College – 98th percentile – see the A B Paterson College parent fact sheet here
  • St Hilda’s School – 98th percentile
  • Hillcrest Christian College – 97th percentile – see the Hillcrest Christian College parent fact sheet here
  • Coomera Anglican College – 96th percentile
  • Trinity Lutheran College – 96th percentile
  • Palm-Beach Currumbin State High School – 95th percentile
  • Saint Stephen’s College – 95th percentile
  • Benowa State High School – 94th percentile
  • King’s Christian College – 94th percentile
  • St Andrew’s Lutheran College – 94th percentile
  • Silkwood School – 92nd percentile
  • Marymount College – 91st percentile
  • Gold Coast Christian College – 90th percentile
  • Ormeau Woods State High School – 90th percentile
  • Rivermount College – 90th percentile
  • Southport State High School – 90th percentile
  • Miami State High School – 89th percentile
  • St Michael’s College – 88th percentile
  • Aquinas College – 87th percentile
  • Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS) – 87th percentile
  • Merrimac State High School – 87th percentile
  • Assisi Catholic College – 86th percentile
  • Pacific Pines State High School – 86th percentile
  • Robina State High School – 85th percentile
  • Helensvale State High School – 84th percentile
  • Elanora State High School – 83rd percentile
  • Pimpama State Secondary College – 80th percentile
  • Toogoolawa School – 80th percentile

Tweed and Byron schools with the highest NAPLAN results as of 2014

This data is from 2014. Individual schools will be able to give you a more accurate update with their latest information.

  • Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School – 94th percentile
  • Mount St Patrick College – 91st percentile
  • Byron Bay High School – 86th percentile
  • Cape Byron Rudolph Steiner School – 86th percentile
  • Tweed Valley Adventist College – 86th percentile
  • St Joseph’s College – 85th percentile
  • Mullumbimby High School – 78th percentile
  • Kingscliff High School – 75th percentile
  • Wollumbin High School – 75th percentile
  • Banora Point High School – 73rd percentile
  • Tweed River High School – 73rd percentile
  • Murwillimbah High School – 72nd percentile
  • Pacific Coast Christian School – 69th percentile

The importance of an informed decision

The above Gold Coast high school ranking data is presented as a representation of how the year 9 cohort performed in 2016. It is not the only piece of the puzzle in terms of making one of the most important decisions of your child’s young life. You should also attend open days, ask for private tours, view prospectus and syllabus information and talk to your community to get a more accurate, complete picture of what the school is like. Good luck!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

2 thoughts on “Gold Coast High School Ranking | including Tweed and Byron”

  1. You need to consider the best performing high school in SEQ, Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, a state school on the Gold Coast which won’t count in your ratings as it only has students from Years 10-12. The Academy teaches the IB programme and is outstanding, gaining higher achievement levels than Somerset or Brisbane’s top schools, based on 2015 results.

    • Hi Christine, thank you for your comments. You’re absolutely right – the data for this article comes from Year Nine Naplan results, so that’s why Queensland Academy for Health Sciences doesn’t feature. But please stay tuned – we have a ranking post based on OP scores coming, and Queensland Academy for Health Sciences will feature there – we’d love to let our readers know all about you!


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