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Private vs Public Schools in Brisbane – The Top ATAR Schools

It’s been an age-old battle between the public schools vs private schools in Brisbane to determine which is the best route of education for students.

Both sides argue its supremacy, with public defending the low costs and broad opportunities their schools offer, and private offering its facilities and consistently high results.

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions a family will ever make for their child and we want to make it easier for you!

Keep scrolling to check out the research we’ve done to discover the top public and private schools in Brisbane!

Top Public ATAR Schools in Brisbane
Top Private ATAR Schools in Brisbane
Which is better — private vs public schools in Brisbane?

How We Calculated the Scores

To calculate the ranking, we gathered publicly released data for each school, and averaged publicly released data from each school on the percentage of students who achieved above 80, 90, 95 and 99 ATAR results. We then averaged those percentages into a single score.

This was mapped against the state distribution (using the publicly released QTAC information), and then bravo! We are then able to identify the number of times (outperforming percentage) that a school performs above the state distribution.

Curious about the difference in ATAR results between co-ed and single-sex schools? Check out the top Boys, Girls, and Co-ed schools in Brisbane!

The Top Public ATAR Schools in Brisbane

The Public School list is really where a lot of the insights lie, considering we’re seeing Mansfield, The Gap, Corinda and Kenmore all taking a place within the Top 5 for the first time! All of these schools are great options should you be looking for a public school to attend!

Ranking #SchoolOutperforming Score
1Brisbane State High School224%
2Mansfield State High School191%
3The Gap State High School71%
4Corinda State High School71%
5Kenmore State High School51%
6Stretton State College27%
7Indooroopilly State High School21%
8Balmoral State High School21%
9Mount Gravatt State High School21%
10MacGregor State High School17%

Brisbane State High School and Mansfield are clearly a cut above the rest.

The Top Private ATAR Schools in Brisbane

Nothing is too different in the top private school lists, as we see that many of the names are familiar from the Top Overall ATAR ranking for schools, however we can see that they significantly outperform the public schools in results.

Ranking #SchoolOutperforming Score
1Brisbane Grammar School353%
2Brisbane Girls Grammar School346%
3St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School235%
4Anglican Church Grammar School224%
5All Hallows' School214%
6St Margaret's Anglican Girls School201%
7Ormiston College172%
8Redlands College172%
9Mt St Michael's College139%
10Somerville House129%
11Ipswich Girls' Grammar School121%
12Villanova College104%
13Brisbane Boys' College103%
14Stuartholme School89%
15Cannon Hill Anglican College87%
16Sheldon College86%
17Mount Alvernia College81%
18Marist College Ashgrove73%
19Moreton Bay Boys College72%
20Northside Christian College65%

Which is better — private vs public schools in Brisbane?

So… what’s the verdict? If we are to simply make a call based on pure results and school performance, the data highlights that Private schools are the most optimal in terms of academic success.

Private schools dominated the 2023 Top School Ranking, with the majority of institutions outperforming the state average to 3 figure percentages.

In simple academic terms, Private schools as a category in the Top 50 schools outperform State schools by 21%.

However, there are a lot more factors to consider, such as cost, distance, and actual ROI, which is why we’re not done unpacking this topic just yet.

Check out which schools come out on top based on cost efficiency and ROI here!

Don’t see your school on here? It’s likely that your school does not publicly publish their ATAR data! Publicly submit your data in 2023 or contact us at [email protected] to submit your results to Art of Smart.

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