Best schools in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Top performing schools in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The Good Schools Guide has compiled a list of the best performing schools in the Australian Capital Territory based on median ATAR scores in 2016. We have identified top schools from various suburbs across the whole state.

School

Gender

Type

Suburb

Median ATAR

Radford College

Co-ed

Independent

Bruce

91.85

Brindabella Christian College

Co-ed

Independent

Lyneham

87.55

Narrabundah College

Co-ed

Government

Narrabundah

85.65

Orana Steiner School

Co-ed

Independent

Weston

85.05

Canberra Girls Grammar School

All-girls

Independent

Deakin

84.1

Burgmann Anglican School

Co-ed

Independent

Gungahlin

80.65

Marist College Canberra

All-boys

Independent

Pearce

79.9

Dickson College

Co-ed

Government

Dickson

79.45

Trinity Christian School

Co-ed

Independent

Wanniassa

79.35

Melba Copland Secondary School

Co-ed

Government

Melba

79.15


School rating and rankings based on study score

Topping the list of the best schools in the Australian Capital Territory was Radford College, an independent institution in the Canberra suburb of Bruce with a median ATAR of 91.85. Brindabella Christian College was second with 87.55 and Narrabundah College third with 85.65, while Melba Copeland Secondary School rounded out the top 10 with 79.15.

It was a tight race at the bottom of the list, with Dickson College (79.45), Trinity Christian School (79.35) and Melba Copland Secondary School (79.15) separated by less than a single point. There were just two single-sex schools – Canberra Girls Grammar School (all-female) and Marist College Canberra (all-male).

Seven of the 10 schools were independent institutions, with only Narrabundah College, Dickson College and Melba Copland Secondary School from the government sector. Interestingly, no suburb contained more than one school on the best performers list.  

To find Canberra schools with high study scores and median ATARS, search using The Good Schools Guide.

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