Atherton State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​​Our location offers access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Outback and World Heritage listed rainforest.
  2. It is a highly regarded school with a diverse curriculum and flexible delivery.
  3. Our rural lifestyle is relaxed, but only a short drive to Cairns.​
Students with teachers studying languages Student with cows Student reading book in paddock Sailing Four students outdoors smiling

Principal's welcome

School overview

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Year school established

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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 60 years. We continue to introduce improvements and technologies while retaining our historical values. Our co-educational 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. 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.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Aerospace systems
  • Certificate III in Aviation
  • Senior astronomy and astrophysics
  • Agricultural science
  • Equestrian team
  • Sailing team
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III in Fitness

Extracurricular activities

  • Instrumental music
  • Swimming club
  • Horseriding
  • Cricket team
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Rugby union/league
  • Lions Youth of the Year, public speaking
  • STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) program and much more

School facilities

  • Fully equipped gym
  • Agricultural farm
  • Instrumental music centre
  • School catering deck for functions
  • Auditorium
  • Large community hall
  • Recording studio
  • Outdoor stage
  • Two large sports ovals

Tertiary pathways

  • James Cook University: access to university courses through an accelerated school program
  • TAFE located on school grounds


  • Japanese (face to face and via distance education)
  • Other languages are available through the School of Distance Education​​

Homestay and accommodation

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.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

Contact details


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.

Last updated 29 May 2023