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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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.​

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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
  • 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

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 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​​


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 updated 06 November 2018