Choosing the right school for your child is a very personal decision, and what’s important to one family may not be important to another. To help you find the right school for your child, we’ve produced this feature with links to a heap of information on local schools, plus we’ve created a table detailing all of the schools on the Central Coast. The table can be filtered to show you private schools only, or all academically selective schools, or All Girls schools, for example. We know it’s tricky to know which public school each suburb is zoned for, so we’ve also included maps showing  the local enrolment areas (or catchment zones) for every public school across the Central Coast.

We’ve also compiled a map showing you the location of every school on the Central Coast, so you can see what schools are close to your home or on your drive to work.   

Central Coast Schools – Table of schools

The table below allows you to filter your search to schools that are, for example, Independent or Catholic, academically selective, all boys or Specialist Support Schools, among other things.

How to use the table

  • Click on the + symbol next to the school name for more details, such as contact numbers, student numbers and school descriptions.
  • *Note: Enrolment numbers serve as a general indicator of school size and are subject to change.
  • For even more information, such as school open days, social media links and more, click on the “More info” links.
  • Double click on the Map picture to see a school’s location or local enrolment area.
  • You can select multiple “School Types” for your search.
wdt_IDSortSchool NameDescriptionSchool YearsSchool TypeHas before/after school careSuburbStudent numbersContactMore infoMap
11 Lakes Grammar School

Lakes Grammar School

Lakes Grammar

Lakes Grammar is a K-12 Independent Anglican School. The school is blessed to be set in a location surrounded by bushland and open space at the northern end of the Central Coast.Primary, High School, Years K-12Private, Independent, Co-edYesWarnervale908


Ph: (02) 4393 4111


22 St Brendan's Catholic Primary School

St Brendan's Catholic Primary School

PrimaryCatholic, Co-edYesLake Munmorah469

(02) 4358 1501

32 Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

PrimaryCatholic, Co-edYesKincumber323

(02) 4369 6638

42 St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

PrimaryCatholic, Co-edYesEast Gosford371

(02) 4325 1159

52 St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

PrimaryCatholic, Co-edYesWoy Woy486

(02) 4341 0884

62 Empire Bay Public School

Empire Bay Public School

PrimaryPublic, Co-edYesEmpire Bay447

72 Umina Beach Public School

Umina Beach Public School

PrimaryPublic, Co-edYesUmina Beach772

82 Gosford Public School

Gosford Public School

Opportunity classes are available.PrimaryPublic, Co-edYesWest Gosford518

92 Brisbania Public School

Brisbania Public School

PrimaryPublic, Co-edYesSaratoga445

102 Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus

Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus

High School, Years 7-9Public, Co-edNoUmina906

Map of Central Coast Schools

We’ve created a map of ALL Central Coast schools. Use the map to filter and find a school that works best for your family. The map can be filtered: 

  • Distance from home: You can use the map filters to find Central Coast schools within 5km, 10km or even 25km of your home. 
  • Search for a specific type of school: You can narrow your search to “Public schools”, Catholic schools” or “Independent schools”.
  • Get directions: Use this to work out how long your morning school drop-off and pick-up drive will be each day.

central Coast Schools for special needs & specific purposes

The NSW Department of Education provides various levels of support to Central Coast children who have a disability or special learning needs. Support options available include additional support for children within their local school, specialist support classes located in some regular schools across the Central Coast and support services in schools for specific purposes (SSPs or special schools).

Only some Central Coast schools offer specialist support classes and positions are available on a need-by-need basis, so it’s advisable to contact the principal of your local school if your child has special learning needs to find out what options are available to you.

For more information on enrolment in SSPs and special support classes, visit the NSW Department of Education website. To discuss assessment of your child’s needs, you can call the Educational Services team on 131 536.

Starting Kindergarten on the Central Coast

If you have a little one who is due to start school in the next year or two, you may be wondering what are the specific age requirements for them to be ready to start Kindergarten.

In New South Wales, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.  Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year.

For more information on starting school, you can visit the NSW Department of Education website. For specific enrolment procedures for Kindy students or if your child is moving schools and you require information on an out-of-area application, it is recommended you contact your local school.

Other useful resources on Central Coast Schools 

My School – My School is a website run by ACARA, an independent statutory authority responsible for collecting and reporting data on Australia’s schools, along with running NAPLAN (and other assessments) and developing the Australian Curriculum. My School is a resource for parents, educators and the community to find information about Australia’s schools. Data available includes student profile, NAPLAN performance, funding levels and sources, enrolment numbers and attendance rates.

NSW Government Public School Finder – This website is really handy if public school catchment areas are likely to influence your decision on which suburb you choose to live in. Simply type in your address and find out which primary or secondary public school your kids would be allocated to.