About us

About us

Albany Residential College provides co-educational boarding accommodation to geographically isolated students attending local schools in Albany.


Pic of students smiling and sitting on the jettyAt Albany Residential College we value every member of the college equally. Whilst each student’s journey is individual and special, we provide a safe, supportive, engaging, and caring ‘home away from home'. This approach allows your child to flourish – be challenged academically, expand through their interests and grow through wholehearted involvement at the college.

We currently have 74 students boarding at Albany Residential College. Many of our students are from surrounding country towns in the Wheatbelt region. We also have several students who come from as far as Wiluna and Fitzroy Crossing.


Led by College Manager Lauren Franklin, our team works to provide the best possible boarding experience for students during their stay in Albany.

All-hours supervision is provided by our staff during the school term and weekends. To ensure the best possible standard of duty of care, all supervisory staff hold current qualifications, including:

  • Certificate IV in Community Services (Student Residential Care)
  • current Provide First Aid (HLTAID011) certificate + CPR
  • water safety qualifications including Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)
  • bus driver’s license

We currently have boarding students from Albany Senior High School, Saint Joseph’s Catholic College, North Albany Senior High School and the Australian Christian College Southlands. We also have availability for students who attend the Albany Secondary Education Support Centre.

Albany Senior High School

Albany Senior High School is located, next to our college. It caters to over 1,000 students in Years 7-12. It has a long and proud tradition of high academic achievement, sporting excellence, and rich cultural life.

The school forms an integral part of the fabric of Albany and together they celebrate their students' many achievements. The community values the school's contribution to the young people in its care.

Find detailed information about the school and how to get in contact on the Albany Senior High School website.

St Joseph’s Catholic College

St Joseph’s Catholic College in Albany is a 5-minute drive from Albany Residential College.

St Joseph's is a co-educational Kindergarten to Year 12 school and is divided into 3 sub-schools – junior school, middle school, and senior school. The staff work closely to promote the ethos of individuals caring for and respecting one another and encourage students to develop as independent learners.

Find information about enrolment, curriculum and community on the St Joseph's Catholic College website.

North Albany Senior High School

North Albany Senior High School is a 10-minute drive from our College. Almost 800 students in Year 7 to 12 are supported by a school ethos of care and diligence, putting students first and foremost.

The school aims to provide full learning experiences that can lead to academic success. School staff believe everyone in the school is responsible for contributing to an engaging learning environment by being positive, courteous, and respectful. 

Find information about opportunities for students and school activities on the North Albany Senior High School website.

Australian Christian College, Southlands

The Australian Christian College is located a short 5-minute drive from Albany Residential College.

The school aims to provide an environment where students are well known, safe and supported. There is a strong focus on quality learning and the development of healthy relationships. Staff at the school are committed Christians who teach positive behavious and model health communication.

Find more information on the Australian Christian College, Southlands website.

Albany Secondary Education Support Centre

The Albany Secondary Education Support Centre is a 10-minute drive from our College.

The school provides a safe, caring and supportive environment where children are empowered to achieve their social, emotional and academic potential. The school's inclusive environment provides opportunities for your child to develop independence for life and actively contribute to society.

Find information about education support and the distinctive programs on offer on the Albany Education Support Centre website.

Pic of students standing on the rocky foreshore of Albany beachThe port city of Albany, located 418km southeast of Perth, is the southern gateway for tourism in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Albany is known for its stunning natural environment and preservation of Australia’s heritage. 

Albany has a population of over 37,000 and has many amenities, including a regional hospital, primary industry, retail centres, primary and secondary schools, South Regional TAFE, and annexes of the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

The college has strong ties to the community. To enhance this connection we have a Local Input Networking and Communications (LINC) committee at the college. The LINC is made up of representatives from the community and provides advice and support to the manager and staff regarding the operation and management of the college. The LINC committee promotes the college and ensures that activities are in the best interest of students.