Don College is located ten minutes from Devonport City, surrounded by bushland on the Don River Reserve and a short walk away from Coles Beach. From the school buildings there are spectacular views over the surrounding farmland and the waters of Bass Strait. The northwest coast offers excellent facilities and recreational activities, which are popular with students of outdoor education and science subjects. The architecturally varied school building offers spacious halls for meetings or demonstrations as well as smaller rooms for learning programmes.
In contrast to high schools, colleges almost always only accept students in Years 11 and 12, and there are only eight colleges in Tasmania. Six of these take international students. According to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), Don College is not only a “high performing school” but the best of all colleges in Tasmania. The school offers a very broad curriculum in art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), humanities, design and production, vocational training and outdoor activities.
Don College has an attitude that students are responsible for their own behaviour in terms of punctuality, reliability and work ethic. All students are treated with respect. Students and teachers address each other by their first names and there is no uniform requirement. The classrooms are also available outside school hours so that students can continue working independently or finish projects.
The school maintains close links with the local community with good integration into local clubs. For example, there is a circus club and an aeroclub where students with an interest in flying can join.