Our College

Our school

Dickson College is a Senior Secondary school situated in the inner north of Canberra. At our College, we embrace every student as an individual, with their unique talents, passions and interests. We aim to support and challenge each student to grow and thrive at school and beyond. At Dickson College, we believe that developing competent, creative, confident and caring young people is fundamental to a successful future. Through a focus on effective teaching and student agency, we prioritise the learning and achievement of every young person in our care.

Dickson College was among the first year 11 and 12 colleges when the ACT moved to the college system in 1976. Between 1962 and 1976, Dickson High School was a school for Year 7 to 12. The School Without Walls (SWOW) joined Dickson in the mid-1990s to provide an alternative education program. The Secondary Introductory English Centre (SIEC) joined a little later to provide intensive English language learning. A program to support children and young people with refugee experiences was established in 2009. From 2013 to 2018 the College Connect program supported students attaining Year 10 certification.

Dickson College in 2022  has 790 students.

Our Ethos

Dickson College provides a supportive, innovative and enriched learning environment. Together we develop informed, caring, creative and confident global citizens.

Our Values

Excellence, Opportunity and Community

Programs at Dickson

We offer the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Tertiary Entrance Statement (ATAR) to students in Years 11 and 12. Our curriculum includes options for pathways into university, vocational education and employment. All options are inclusive of students with a disability.

In addition to the above program, Dickson College has the only Secondary Introductory English Centre (SIEC) in the ACT, which focuses on intensive English instruction for new migrants, international students and refugees. The SIEC caters for students in Year 7 to 12.

Boutique curriculum offerings

Building and Construction


Black & White Photography

Earth & Environmental Science

Engineering Studies

Global Studies

Indigenous Culture and Languages

Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Music Industry