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The McDonald College

Striving for Excellence in Performance

The McDonald College is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational K – 12 school in North Strathfield. We offer a range of performing arts and elite sports disciplines 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 (Rhythmic Academy of Sydney)

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.

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.


The McDonald College embrace creative expression in a non-judgemental and inclusive environment. At The McDonald College, we are proud to embrace the following core values: Humility, Honor, Passion, Commitment, Appreciation and to demonstrate these in all our endeavours

Everyone at The McDonald College firmly believes that the powerful seeds of creativity live in all of us. The McDonald College students have the opportunity to allow their imaginations to flourish through the joy of performance. We recognize that students who have been nourished through creative experiences are better able to build their confidence and self-esteem. All of these points serve to highlight the importance of thinking laterally. For it is those who can rely upon their imaginations that will be tomorrow’s leaders and make the future a special place.

Perming Arts Opportunites

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 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.


For enrolment enquiries please contact the Registrar: Wendy Wickham Tel: +61 2 9752 0500.

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


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