The McDonald College


The only school of its kind

In 1984, The McDonald College was founded by three women with an ambitious idea – to create a school where young people could pursue their passion and receive world-class performance training while receiving a rigorous academic education. It was the first school of its kind in Australia – and we remain unique.

While the history of the College is steeped in Classical Ballet and Dance, and these are art forms that the College is known for – we have expanded our offerings across all streams of Performing Arts and also offer Performance Sports – Elite Tennis and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Through performance training, students also develop highly transferable skills such as self-discipline, time management, empathy, humility, adaptability, and resilience. Skills they can take into any career they choose.

Latest news

Write a book in a day challenge

On the very last week of this term, our Year 11 students took on the Write a Book in a Day Challenge. Each one of the two teams worked to compose and illustrate a narrative in 12 hours (from 8am until 8pm), both competing in the Upper Secondary division, which…

"Henry has been at the College since Year 5, and everyone at the school has been extremely supportive of his journey which sees him heading to the Royal Ballet School this year. We could not be happier with the progress he has made. Neither of us has a dancing or ballet background, so the support and assistance we received from the school was amazing. We highly recommend the school to anyone whose children have similar aspirations."

Mark and Kate Burgess

"We especially appreciate the support of the Music Stream at The McDonald College – especially Ms Bermingham, Katia and Paul, who all encourage my daughter's creative development. We appreciate the environment that the College provides to foster those students who wouldn’t have thrived in a standard school environment."

Sarah Derry

"What a great happy school. We have been looking at this school for some time and it is such a friendly environment with fantastic teachers."

Sara Piccinelli

"Fantastic school. One in which all students are supported, encouraged, and included. Academic achievements are equally as important as their performing arts achievements, and it’s a school that has helped our daughter to excel in both."

Kim Sindel

"We are grateful and blessed that our daughter has found her home and her people at The McDonald College. This incredible school has provided a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for her to thrive personally, academically, socially and in her area of Performing Arts. I can’t thank the staff enough for all that they do. My only regret is that we didn’t find The McDonald College sooner."

Sharon Read

"My daughter is a changed child just after one week at the College. She is finally excited to go to school and is so happy. The small classes are just what she needs to get her confidence back in her academic work. The high standard of performing arts is exactly what she needs to excel. The communication and genuine care for her is confirmation that we have made the right decision in changing schools."

Kirstyn Burton

"This school is a wonderful school. My child has had an amazing time here, and he continues to grow academically but also performance-wise. The staff are amazing and nurturing, and my child has loved every minute of it. Great school!"

Danny Harris