Atherton State High School

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Principal's Welcome

Three reasons to choose Atherton State High School

​Our location offers access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Outback and World Heritage listed rainforest It is a highly regarded school with a diverse curriculum and flexible delivery Our rural lifestyle is relaxed, but only a short drive to Cairns

School Information

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​Atherton State High School has the reputation as a provider of high quality educational outcomes, and this is reflected in the accomplishments and initiatives implemented by the school over 50 years. The school continues to strike a sophisticated balance between the need to change with the times and the desire to remain true to its history and ethos. The school offers a diverse curriculum in a coeducational setting to allow students to develop an individual and flexible learning pathway to success.

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Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

​James Cook University (JCU) – access to university courses through an accelerated school programTAFE located on school grounds

School facilities

  • School gym with fitness equipment
  • School catering deck for catering functions
  • Airconditioned classrooms
  • Auditorium 
  • Large community hall
  • School farm with animals
  • Recording studio
  • Outdoor stage
  • Two large playing 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

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page


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

Special programs

  • High-quality academic programs – mathematics, chemistry, biology, modern history, physics
  • Certificate subjects in fitness, sport and recreation, including hiking, bushwalking and canoeingInternational astronomy and astrophysics course
  • Agriculture subjects – agricultural science, animal studiesMusic industry studies, visual art, art and craft, drama
  • TAFE campus co-located on the school site. Students are able to study hospitality and beauty


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last reviewed 23 March 2018
Last updated 23 March 2018