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The McDonald College

Australia's premier performance-centred school

The McDonald College is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational K – 12 school in North Strathfield. We offer a range of programs in performing arts and elite sports with an equal focus on students’ academic studies.

Acting (ATYP) | Classical Ballet | Contemporary Dance (Sydney Dance Company) | Commercial Dance | Music (AIM) | Musical Theatre | Technical Production | Elite Tennis (Voyager Tennis Academy) | Rhythmic Gymnastics (Synergy Gymnastics Academy)

Students love The McDonald College because here they find their people, people who appreciate their individuality and value their diverse interests. Parents love The McDonald College because we place equal emphasis on academic rigour and the pursuit of their child's passion.


Our primary focus is to provide a secure, safe, caring and family-orientated environment. An environment where your child can develop academically, socially, physically, morally and emotionally. All while pursuing their passion – whether that be in performing arts or elite sports. We know that when students are doing something they love, they perform better at school and flourish as individuals preparing for life beyond school.

Our strong community values, together with holistic guidance and support for our boarders, creates close family-like relationships that last long after graduation.

Junior school

Our Junior school class sizes mean we can offer personal support to your child, tailoring their education to their abilities and needs. Developing your child’s foundations of literacy and numeracy is our focus. We tap into their natural creativity through our engaging program of performing arts classes to build their confidence and self-esteem.

Performing arts opportunities

Our performing arts students are offered many opportunities to perform throughout the year including at our High Performance Season, An Evening of Classical Ballet, showcases, various plays, eisteddfod groups, and more. Additionally, we offer an Elite Masterclass Series with respected industry professionals and the popular International Summer School.


We can provide up to 45 boarders of all genders from Years 7 – 12 a home away from home. Boarders come from the world over – from China to Cootamundra and as close as Concord.

Our strong community values, together with holistic guidance and support for our boarders, create close family-like relationships that last long after graduation.


For enrolment enquiries please contact the Registrar
+61 2 9752 0507.

The McDonald College

17 George Street
North Strathfield, NSW 2137
Phone: 02 9752 0500



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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Boarding: Yes
  • International Students: Yes
  • Performing Arts Academy: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Sporting Academy: Yes


'Discover Your Journey' video 
Our International Summer School video
Open Days
Principal's Tour 
How to Apply
CONGRATULATIONS to our Year 10 student, HENRY BURGESS, who was recently offered a place to commence studies at THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL in London.
'I am proud to have represented The McDonald College. I am grateful to my teachers. I started at the College when I was in Year 5. If it wasn't for my family and teachers, I simply wouldn't be here'



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