Benowa State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​Quality education programs that provide many pathways for students
  2. Diverse range of specialist programs including French Immersion, Music Excellence, Sport Excellence, Waldorf Education Program and science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) programs​
  3. A school that values diversity and celebrates cultures​

Principal's welcome

We are a community that encourages excellence, applauds achievement and celebrates diversity. True to this belief, our school is a community of learners driven by an excellence that encompasses academic, cultural and sporting achievement.

Our student numbers include some 60 international students from Asia, Europe and the Americas, each of whom adds to our celebrated intercultural diversity. We are proudly a member of the Council of International Schools and I invite you to read more to appreciate our commitment to internationalism.

Our academic programs in the middle and senior phase of learning are nationally lauded and our sporting achievements rank on both the Australian and World stage.

Our links in the Pacific and France through French immersion provide an exciting curriculum in French language that attracts academic achievers to our community.

I encourage you to look into our website to see and read of the exciting learning opportunities that our school provides.

Indeed, we are a school of 'Many pathways – No limits'.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

We are located in the heart of the Gold Coast city.

We have a reputation as one of the leading co-educational high schools on the Gold Coast.

Our students represent more than 60 different nations and many are new arrivals to the Gold Coast.

Teacher professionalism and a caring attitude are essential parts of the safe and welcoming daily life at our school.

We are focused on 'many pathways no limits'. True to this belief, our school is a community of learners driven by an excellence that encompasses academic, cultural and sporting achievement.

We encourage excellence, applaud achievement and celebrate diversity in our community.

In 1990, we were the first school on the Gold Coast to enrol international students.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Academic French Immersion program
  • Language Perfect World Champions since 2011
  • Excellence programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Waldorf, music, sports and dance (Years 7–9)
  • Excellence programs in music, sports, dance (Years 7–10)
  • Marine science (Years 10–12)
  • 2020 Queensland Outstanding School STEM Award for Excellence in STEM
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation
  • French language school, Label Franc Éducation accredited

Extracurricular activities

  • Choirs, orchestras, bands
  • Nationally ranked volleyball
  • Reef trip Year 12, biology camp Year 11 and senior ski trip
  • International student excursions, Sydney/Melbourne
  • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue Française) exam – French–language diploma awarded, France's Ministry of National Education
  • School musical and eisteddfods

School facilities

  • Maritime training centre
  • Dance and recording studios
  • Science laboratories
  • Business education centre
  • Art facilities – kiln and darkroom
  • Air-conditioned sports centre

Tertiary pathways

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University, Griffith College, Griffith Language Institute
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland Gold Coast
  • Vocational education training courses


  • French Immersion and French Extension
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Spanish​​​​​

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