Australia’s premier
performance-centred school.

We are an independent, non-denominational, co-ed school located in North Strathfield. We teach the NESA Academic Curriculum from Kindergarten – Year 12, through to the NSW HSC.

We offer a range of specialities in performing arts and elite sports integrated with an equal focus on students’ academic careers:

Classical Ballet | Contemporary Dance | Dance (Commercial)
Acting | Music| Musical Theatre | Technical Production
Elite Tennis| Rhythmic Gymnastics

Uniquely, we have forged partnerships with the Sydney Dance Co., Australian Theatre for Young People, Australian Institute of Music, Voyager Academy of Tennis and the Rhythmic (gymnastics) Academy of Sydney. These partnerships offer students pathways to the future with industry training of the highest calibre.

We offer boarding for 45 students of all genders from Years 7 – 12. Boarders come from the world over – from China to Cootamundra and as close as Concord.

We count among our alumni the likes of Sarah Murdoch, Nikki Webster, Tim Draxl, Dimity Clancey, Meg Mac, Ash Magic, and Emma Watkins (the Yellow Wiggle). Recent graduate, Micheal Zhang (ATAR 99.95) is now studying at Harvard – all keeping good company with our graduate doctors, lawyers, teachers and business leaders.

Events for Prospective Families

Attending one of these events gives you and your child the chance to meet our Principal and key staff. You’ll learn more about our ethos and outcomes. You will see our campus and have all your questions answered.

At our Open Days, you will hear from existing students and enjoy a few short performances.

At our Infants Experience Days, you’ll hear from our Director of the Junior School while your child is paired with a buddy to experience a portion of a typical day in class.

And our Audition Days on Campus really are the best way to showcase your talent.

Students love The McDonald College because here they find their people, people who understand and value their creativity.


Parents love The McDonald College because we place equal emphasis on academic rigour and the pursuit of their child’s passion.