Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy

Good to Great Schools Australia partners with the Department of Education (DoE) Queensland to deliver the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) at two state primary schools in Hope Vale and Coen. As a key part of the Good to Great Schools Australia network, CYAAA stands as the prime example of our comprehensive 21st-century education reform model.

Levelling the Educational Field with CYAAA

“Our students have fewer opportunities and more challenges than other Australian children. But we don’t let that define their lives. We give them every opportunity, and we expect them to work hard. Our results reflect how hard our teachers and students are prepared to work to achieve our goals.” 


Coen Academy, CYAAA

CYAAA aims to close the academic achievement gap so that students successfully transition into high-quality, high-expectation secondary boarding schools and graduate at the same levels as their mainstream peers.

At the same time the program places significant emphasis on the preservation and continuation of the Guugu Yimithirr language and culture.

Working Together Towards a Better Future

“Our vision for our children is that we are determined to ensure that our younger generations achieve their full potential, talent and creativity and have the confidence and capacity for hard work so they can orbit between both worlds and enjoy the best of both.”

Parents and Local Community Leaders

The Department of Education operates the school campuses while GGSA provides the education mode with a strong focus on English, Maths and Science, as well as local language and culture, music, and student and family support.

We also provide guidance on school improvement implementation and extensive professional development in Effective Teaching.