Cairns State High School

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Cairns & Atherton Tablelands

Cairns State High School

Principal's Welcome

Cairns State High School extends a warm welcome to our international students. Our school has a long and proud tradition of educating international students. We share a strong commitment to broadening the diversity of the student population and establishing long term relationships into the future. We welcome and embrace the opportunity to broaden our global connections in hosting students from a diverse range of countries. I believe our school reflects and celebrates the diverse backgrounds of its community in a safe and secure environment.
Internationalism is one of the school’s priorities as evident in our International Accreditation through the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate Program and our focus to internationalise the curriculum.
Our dedicated and experienced International Student Team is committed to delivering a high quality program and memorable experience. I am confident our innovative programs and extra-curricular activities will enhance your experience as a Cairns State High School student.

School Information

Year established: 1917
Number of students: 1640

Cairns State High School is located in the heart of Cairns – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Our reputation for academic excellence complements our outstanding achievements in music, performing arts, visual arts and sport.

Our programs allow you to follow a broad range of academic and vocational pathways.

We encourage you to be inquiring, knowledgeable and show a commitment to reach your potential as a global citizen.

As an IB World School with CIS International Accreditation, we meet international standards and are committed to continuing improvement.

We promote wellbeing and safety for all students and we are committed to diversity and international relationships.

We are proud of our long tradition of educating international students.

University or vocational pathways

  • Links to all national Australian universities
  • The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Griffith University (GU)
  • James Cook University (JCU)
  • Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • School facilities

  • Performing arts centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Recording studio
  • Community hall
  • Sports complex
  • Science and technology centre
  • Modern refurbished library
  • Science laboratories
  • Auditorium
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Centre of Artistic Design fashion parade
  • Dance and drama evenings
  • Swimming and athletics carnivals
  • Instrumental music and school musicals
  • Charity events
  • Scuba diving courses (PADI certification)
  • Work experience programs
  • New Zealand ski trip
  • IB Italy study tour
  • Japan tour
  • Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Special programs

  • Programs of excellence – chorale music, dance, drama, visual arts, soccer, hockey, basketball, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Aerospace studies
  • Aquatic Practices
  • Multimedia Studies
  • Recreational and tourism studies
  • Photography
  • Euroka - Media Arts In Practice
  • Extensive range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications
  • 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

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