The best high schools in Canberra

Emily Morris 22 January 2021 1

Gearing up to send your child to high school? Congratulations.

High school is an exciting time for the whole family but can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the schools in the area.

There are numerous schools in the Canberra region, including government schools, religious schools, boys’ and girls’ schools, and co-ed schools. Finding the ideal secondary education institution for you and your child will depend on your beliefs and location, and your child’s interest and talents.

In this article, we’ll look at a number of Canberra high schools in more detail, so you get a better understanding of the range of schools available. This article will focus on co-ed schools, that is, schools that cater to both girls and boys.


What Makes a Great High School in Canberra?

For children and teenagers, school is a defining experience.

It’s a place where they will spend upwards of 30 hours each week, almost every week, for six whole years. It’s the place they will meet lifelong friends, and grow into skilled, confident young adults. Talents fostered in high school can often lead kids on a particular career path.

To sum up, deciding on a high school is a process that should not be taken lightly.

So, what exactly should you look for in the best high schools in Canberra? Here are a few features we believe are important.

  • Location. This one’s a bit of a logistical consideration, but important nonetheless. Is the school in a convenient location? If not, is your family willing to move, or is your child willing to travel?
  • Specialist programs. Many of the region’s top schools offer specialist programs, such as sports programs, music programs, and academic programs for talented students. If your child has a particular interest, consider whether or not a school caters to that interest.
  • Facilities. Does the school have fully-equipped science labs and art rooms? Does it have a hospitality kitchen or swimming pool? Plus, as schools begin to transition from paper to computers, you want to send your child to a school with the means to facilitate this transition.
  • Academic results. School is, after all, a place where children learn. Research how a certain school measures up when it comes to academic results.
  • Philosophy. What do you value in education? Do you believe boys and girls learn best when apart, or together? Do you have certain religious beliefs? Consider how a school’s philosophy aligns with your own.
  • Cost. If you do opt for an independent school, you will need to consider cost. Some schools charge quite hefty fees for their superior facilities and teaching programs. It can also be worthwhile researching any scholarship opportunities.

Do you agree with these considerations? What else do you look for in the best high schools in Canberra?

The Best High Schools in Canberra

Here are a few of our picks for fantastic schools in the Canberra region.

Remember, all of the schools listed here are co-ed and suitable for children from any culture and belief background.

1. Canberra Grammar School

Canberra Grammar School, which opened in 1929, is a leading co-educational independent Anglican school servicing families from the Canberra region and beyond. This school offers both daycare and boarding and boasts an impressive academic record.

With both primary and secondary schools, Canberra Grammar School accepts students from all walks of life and provides students with a holistic education experience. In addition to classroom activities, students at Canberra Grammar School have the chance to participate in a range of co-curricular opportunities. This includes sporting teams, choirs and bands, drama productions, outdoor experience, community service, cultural exchanges, and more.

2. Lyneham High School

Always among the top performing high schools in the Canberra region, Lyneham High School is a co-ed, government school located in the North Canberra suburb of Lyneham.

Established in 1959, the school offers two unique enrichment programs:

  • Lyneham Enriched Academic Program (LEAP) for students with academic talents, and
  • Sporting Excellence At Lyneham (SEAL) for students that show elite athletic promise.

In addition, the school has a well-respected performing arts program.

3. Radford College

If academic success is important to you, then this co-ed, independent, Anglican college is a fantastic option.

Located in the suburb of Bruce, students at Radford College received the highest median ATAR of all Canberra schools 11 out of the last 12 years.

Your Canberra High School Experience

Let us know which school in Canberra you believe to be the best. Share your experience in the comments section down below.

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One Response to The best high schools in Canberra
Polly Brandreth Baker Polly Brandreth Baker 4:53 pm 21 May 20

Please can someone advise? My daughter is severely dyslexic and will be going into Year 11 next year. Which College would be better for Learning Support? Gungahlin or Dickson? Opinions on either would be welcome. We live in Gungahlin but Dickson isn’t far. Thanks

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