Newcastle High School is a large, comprehensive high school situated on two sites in the centre of Newcastle. The Parkway Ave site caters for students from Year 7 through to Year 12. The Cooks Hill Campus delivers an alternative curriculum in partnership with Big Picture Education and caters for students from Year 9 through to Year 12.
The school has strong links with its local community and active past student associations. Past and present students have contributed to a tradition of high academic achievement and innovative educational practices. The school has a strong heritage and also reflects the diversity and strength of the city and region in its multicultural make-up.
Of the 1042 students enrolled at Newcastle High School (this includes 136 enrolments at the Cooks Hill Campus), 6% identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, 3% have English as an additional language or dialect and there is a support unit made up of three classes. The school caters for a wide variety of students and provides a breadth of curriculum to cater for student needs. It aims to provide opportunities for all students to achieve a credential at the end of their schooling that will allow them the best choices for their future.
One of the most significant features of the school is the current partnership that exists with Big Picture Education on the Cooks Hill Campus to provide personalised education programs that are unique for each student.
Newcastle High School takes great pride in the promotion of tolerance and good citizenship among students creating a caring and inclusive school environment. Students and parents have identified the school's staff as a major strength, as they are commitment to improving learning outcomes for every student. Academic and extra-curricular opportunities reflect the interests of staff and students, experiencing success in a number of sports, creative and performing arts and public speaking events. These opportunities also reflect the cultural institutions of inner-city Newcastle.