The school is a co-educational comprehensive high school offering the full range of traditional and innovative programs. The school enjoys excellent parental and community support due to a commitment to traditional values.
The school's culture reflects a commitment to strong discipline and a pride in belonging, as reflected in the wearing of school uniform and respect for the rights of others. Long established links with local businesses, TAFE, Southern Cross University, service clubs and government organisations assist in the delivery of the school's programs.
Ballina Coast High is renowned for its innovative educational programs which include: the Marine Discovery and Resource Centre; music and bands; vocational education and Aboriginal education. The school is committed to improving the literacy and numeracy skills of all students in a safe and nurturing environment. The school has achieved a reputation of excellence and high levels of achievement in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits.