High was established in 1976 and is a semi-selective school, taking in students qualified through the selective schools entry test. It provides a selective class alternative for students in the northern parts of the Central Coast. Up to 60 qualified students can be accepted into Year 7 each year. Access into higher years is through application to the school. Gorokan High also takes local students. Gorokan has been recognised for its outstanding work with Aboriginal students and the local Aboriginal Community. It has received special funding from the Schools in Partnership program to build links with the families of the 12 per cent identified Aboriginal school population. Gorokan High is also a member of the Stronger Smarter Learning Community, coordinated through the Queensland University of Technology, aiming at strengthening educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.
Gorokan High has responded to the demands of post-compulsory education by its membership of the Lakes Community Trade Training Centre — providing Certificate Two courses in Engineering and Metal, Hospitality, Information Technology, Business Services and Retail Operations. There is also an accelerated Year 11 program which allows students to achieve a one-year Certificate Two-level credential. Gorokan High encourages TVET course enrolments.
Facilities: Computer rooms including a specialist laboratory, sporting fields, specialist language laboratory, gymnasium, performing arts space, six refurbished science laboratories, Metals, Construction and Hospitality facilities upgraded to Certificate Two compliance.
Electives: The senior curriculum includes electives all levels of English and Mathematics, Drama, Visual Arts, Photography, Physics, Chemistry, Senior Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography, Modern and Ancient History, Aboriginal Studies, Food Technology, Industrial Technology (including Wood, Metal, Media, Automotive, Engineering), Music, Software Design, Society and Culture, Community and Family Studies and Textiles and Design.
Extracurricular activities: Jazz band, 85-piece orchestra, sports, drama, debating, public speaking, Lions Youth of the Year competition. Students can also use computing, video and photography facilities.
Welfare and personal development: There is a well-developed welfare policy that aims to achieve student self-discipline. A strong student council provides leadership in student initiatives and assists in organising voluntary community work and school beautification. A learning assistance program operates for students experiencing difficulty. Student achievement is recognised through a structured merit award system. Careers guidance and work experience programs help students make realistic vocational choices. Uniform is compulsory.