Benowa State High School

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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 sixty 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".

Three reasons to choose Benowa State High School

  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​

School Information

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

We have a reputation as one of the leading coeducational high schools on the Gold Coast.

Many of our students are from over 60 other nations or 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.

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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

  • 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

School facilities

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

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

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 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 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. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


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

Special programs

  • Academic French Immersion Program
  • World Language Perfect competition (achieving first place in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017)
  • Education Perfect (Science 1st place 2018) 
  • Excellence programs in music, sports, dance (Years 7–10)
  • Marine science (Years 10–12) 
  • 2020 Queensland Outstanding School STEM Award for Excellence in STEM
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (Years 11–12), IB preparation (Year 10)
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation
  • French language school, Label Franc Éducation accredited


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 20 June 2022