Tips for choosing a school PLUS complete list of private schools on the Sunshine Coast

There are many high-quality schools on the Sunshine Coast. With so many options, choosing the right school for your child can become overwhelming. State or private? Independent or religious? And how do you sift through a whole list of private schools without your head exploding?

Don’t fret—we have put together our tips on how to choose a school and a list of private schools below.

 

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Tips on how to choose a school

Let’s start at the very beginning. Choosing a school is usually determined by four factors: 

Location

State schools are decided by catchment area, so your child will go to whichever school your home is in the area for. Private schools can have students attending from across the Sunshine Coast, but you may still prefer to look at schools within a reasonable distance to home to avoid lengthy school runs and ensure your child’s friendship group isn’t too spread out.

Philosophy

You may have a particular religion or philosophy that you wish your child’s education to follow. For example, all Catholic schools include an element of religious education each week based on the Catholic faith. Other schools, such as Steiner or Montessori, follow an alternative classroom structure to traditional teaching, which might suit your child better. Do your research, attend open days, and look at all your options before you decide. 

Performance

All schools perform differently. Some parents consider a school’s performance the most important factor, while others decide based on philosophy or the school’s environment. The MySchool website is a good resource for checking a school’s results and scores. Remember, something that works for one child might not work for another. One child might grow to love art, while another might enjoy science. Therefore, be open to sending siblings to different schools.

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Cost

State schools are free; private schools on the Sunshine Coast range from $1,500 up to $15,000+ per year.

To find out what state school catchment area you reside in, visit the Queensland Department of Education Catchment Map. The best primary schools on the Sunshine Coast and best high schools on the Sunshine Coast can be state or private, so check what is in your area.

For those families considering a Sunshine Coast private school, here is a list of all the private schools on the Sunshine Coast – in alphabetical order.

 

List of Private Schools on the Sunshine Coast

 

  • Blackall Range Independent School
    Location: Kureelpa
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: Blackall Range Independent School is ‘small by design’, with teaching based on a relationship model. Smaller, multi-age classrooms enable flexibility for the children on their individual learning journeys. Areas of learning strength can be pursued beyond their ‘grade’, whilst other areas can be nurtured and supported.
  • Caloundra Christian College
    Location:
    Caloundra
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: Caloundra Christian College aims to provide an affordable option to families looking for a quality school that can provide private Christian education on the Sunshine Coast. 
  • Caloundra City Private School
    Location: Pelican Waters
    Years:
    Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: Caloundra City Private School is a private, co-educational, non-denominational school set on 11 hectares in Pelican Waters.
  • Cooloola Christian College
    Location: Gympie
    Years: Kindergarten to Year 12
    About: A K-12 Christian school in Gympie with a reputation for high-quality education and a commitment to serving the community.
  • Coolum Beach Christian College
    Location:
    Coolum
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: An independent, co-educational school that aims to deliver a high-quality Christian education.
  • Glasshouse Christian College
    Location: Beerwah
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: Glasshouse Christian College is an independent Christian school.
  • Good Samaritan Catholic College
    Location: Bli Bli
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: Opened in 2019, Good Samaritan Catholic College is one of 140 Brisbane Catholic Education schools.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran College
    Location: Noosaville
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: Established in 1987, Good Shepherd Lutheran College is part of Lutheran Education Queensland.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Buderim
    Location: Buderim
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: Founded in 1979, Immanuel is the longest-established independent school on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Maleny Independent School
    Location: Maleny
    Years: Year 7 to Year 10
    About: Deliver the Australian and Queensland Curriculum requirements through real-world experiences, using an inquiry-based approach supported by specialists and mentors.
  • Matthew Flinders Anglican College
    Location: Buderim; ELC on site
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: A leading Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast that strives for excellence in learning and life.
  • Montessori International College (MIC)
    Location: Forest Glen
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: MIC is an independent, non-denominational IB World School renowned for its innovative learning spaces and highly experienced and dedicated teachers.
  • Montessori Noosa
    Location: Noosa
    Years: Students ages 6 to 12 years
    About: A small, progressive Montessori school nestled in the heart of beautiful Noosa, Queensland.
  • My Independent School
    Location: Beerwah
    Years: Year 7 to Year 9
    About: My Independent School offers a progressive and holistic approach to education that honours the individual needs of learners. It offers a supportive environment where young people can develop a strong sense of self.
  • Nambour Christian College
    Location: Woombye
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC available
    About: A leading independent school on the Sunshine Coast offering excellence in Christian education for children from 15 months to Year 12.
  • Noosa Christian College
    Location: Cooroy
    Years: Kindergarten to Year 12
    About: A co-educational college set on a beautiful rural campus in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
  • Noosa Pengari Steiner School
    Location: Doonan
    Years: Kindergarten to Year 12
    About: Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s work, Noosa Pengari Steiner School is an independent school that nurtures free thinkers. It offers a balanced journey that nurtures academic learning and creative expression.
  • OneSchool Global
    Location: Nambour
    Years: Years 3 to 12
    About: OneSchool Global is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive, truly global schools. It challenges traditional educational practices and processes with a Self-Directed Learning program.
  • Our Lady of the Rosary, Caloundra
    Location:
    Caloundra
    Years:
    Prep to Year 6
    About:
    A co-educational Catholic Parish school offering a sound academic education in a Catholic environment. A member of the Brisbane Catholic Education group of schools.
  • Pacific Lutheran College
    Location: Meridan Plains
    Years: Kindergarten to Year 12
    About: A co-educational independent private school of the Lutheran Church of Australia, serving the Caloundra, Kawana and Hinterland communities on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Peregian Beach Community College
    Location: Peregian Beach
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: A non-denominational, co-educational, independent school set on 21 acres of bushland, it caters to students from Prep to Year 12.
  • Siena Catholic College
    Location: Sippy Downs
    Years: Year 7 to Year 12
    About: ​Established in 1997, Siena Catholic College has built itself a reputation for excellent Catholic education. Part of the  BCE group of schools.
  • St Andrew’s Anglican College
    Location: Peregian Springs
    Years: Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About: An Anglican College that prides itself on its supportive community and quality education.
  • St John’s College
    Location: Nambour
    Years: Year 7 to Year 12
    About: A high-quality co-educational Catholic High School administered by Brisbane Catholic Education.
  • St Joseph’s Primary School
    Location: Nambour
    Years: Prep to Year 6
    About: The school has a proud reputation for its inclusive approach to education. Embracing and catering for the needs of its diverse learners with a special focus on the social-emotional wellbeing of all its students.
  • St Michael’s College
    Location: Caboolture
    Years: ELC to Year 6
    About: We are a co-educational P-6 Primary school with a goal to inspire quality learning, nurture individuals, and instill Christian values within a safe school community.
  • St Patrick’s College
    Location: Gympie
    Years: Year 7 to Year 12
    About: St Patrick’s College is a parish-based Catholic College catering to Years 7 to 12 in a coeducational setting. In 2020, around 480 students were enrolled at the College.
  • St Teresa’s Catholic College
    Location: Noosaville
    Years: Year 7 to Year 12
    About: A commitment to contemporary learning and teaching frameworks in a Catholic setting.
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary
    Location: Sunshine Beach
    Years: Prep to Year 6
    About: A modern co-education Catholic primary school. The parish school is an important and integral part of the ministry of the Noosa District Catholic Parish.
  • Stella Maris Catholic Primary
    Location: Maroochydore
    Years: Prep to Year 6
    About: Stella Maris aims to be an inclusive, high-quality learning community in which faith inspires action.
  • Suncoast Christian College
    Location:
    Woombye
    Years:
    Prep to Year 12; ELC on site
    About:
    A Christian co-educational college with Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, with a focus on community and high-quality pastoral care.
  • Sunshine Coast Grammar School
    Location: Forest Glen
    Years: Prep to 12; ELC on site
    About: This independent, co-educational school is set on a beautiful 100-acre site and offers high-quality academic, cultural, and sporting programs.
  • The River School
    Location: Maleny
    Years: Prep to Year 6
    About: The River School is part of a global Neohumanist Education movement that teaches love and respect for all humanity and all living and non-living beings.
  • Unity College
    Location: Caloundra
    Years: Prep to Year 12
    About: Unity College is a co-educational, Catholic & Uniting, Prep to Year 12 college owned and administered by Brisbane Catholic Education.

 

For more education tips, head to our Education Page

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