Atherton State High School

Male & Female


Year levels:

Cairns & Atherton Tablelands

Atherton State High School

At Atherton State High School we have a reputation for providing high-quality educational outcomes; demonstrated by the accomplishments and initiatives we have implemented over 50 years.

We continue to introduce improvements and technologies while retaining our historical values.

Our coeducational school offers a diverse curriculum to allow you to develop an individual and flexible learning pathway to success.

We were one of the first regional schools in Queensland to develop an International Program and we have a long tradition of welcoming students from overseas nations.

We establish ongoing links with our homestay families to ensure that you enjoy a safe and happy life, as well as achieving study success.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school family.

School Information

Year established: 1952
Number of students: 800

University or vocational pathways

  • James Cook University (JCU) – access to university courses through an accelerated school programTAFE located on school grounds
  • TAFE located on school grounds
  • School facilities

  • School gym with fitness equipment
  • School catering deck for functions
  • Airconditioned classrooms
  • Auditorium
  • Large community hall
  • School farm with animals
  • Recording studio
  • Outdoor stage
  • Two large sports ovals
  • Large shaded areas
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Equestrian sports
  • Sailing team
  • Rainforest walks
  • Trips to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sports such as hockey, cricket, futsal, judo and tennis
  • School encourages participation in local town festivals
  • Music academy – bands and local music competitions
  • School entry in local agricultural shows in poultry, cattle, goats and vegetables
  • Languages

  • Japanese and other languages are studied via School of Distance Education
  • Special programs

  • High-quality academic programs in mathematics, chemistry, biology, modern history and physics
  • International astronomy and astrophysics course
  • Agriculture subjects – agricultural science and animal studies
  • Music industry studies, visual art, art and craft, drama
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE) campus collocated on the school site. Students can study hospitality and beauty
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule:

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

    Disclaimer: The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
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  • please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

    Correct at time of publishing. Subject to change without notice. Last updated: 01/08/2019