Brisbane State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​Selective entry, commitment to excellence in academic, cultural and sporting activities
  2. Focus on university entry
  3. The only state school that competes in the prestigious statewide sporting competitions of The Great Public Schools’ Association (GPS), the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA) and Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA).​

Principal's welcome

​​​​Welcome to Brisbane State High School.

Since 1921, Brisbane State High School has come to symbolise and exemplify excellence in public school education. Today, we offer a truly unique learning environment.

Students are surrounded by possibility and opportunity in many diverse areas of academia, sport, culture, international experience and community responsibility. This environment, coupled with high performance expectations and personalised attention, has led to an unparalleled record of success by our students.

Our outstanding staff have contributed to students’ lives over the years. Inspirational teaching and quality learning are cornerstones of our school.

Being a 'State High' student means something special. Our students have gone on to contribute to their state and country through their achievements at the highest levels in public life, business and community. Our past students talk to us about their passion for their school and the opportunities it provided.

The school has a strong direction underpinned by 4 core values—learning, excellence, respect and public education.

We love knowledge, learning and curiosity. We are all about learning and believe that all people can learn and improve. We strive for world class standards and personal bests. We are committed to personal excellence.

We earn respect for our integrity, humility and altruism. We proudly uphold the best of public education values—opportunities to excel regardless of personal circumstance. We believe that the pursuit of knowledge equips and enables our students to make a powerful difference in the world.

Our great strength is the partnerships we forge between students, staff, parents and the wider community. These partnerships enable us to build on the strengths of tradition and performance and to live out our values and our commitment to providing a world class education for every student.

We're delighted to be able to share our school with you. Everyone we know is very pleased to be part of the State High family.​

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

Our school is a selective-entry school for high-achieving international students.

Many of Brisbane's academic and business leaders are graduates of our school.

Forty-eight of our students have gone on to become Olympians since our school was founded in 1921.

Less than 500 metres from the Brisbane River, our school is in the heart of Brisbane; close to scenic South Bank and Kangaroo Point riverside parks, bikeways, cinemas, the Queensland Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art.

If you are a high-achieving student, we welcome you to begin your studies with us in Year 10.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • English extension
  • Leadership program
  • Access to external language exams, for example, Korean and Chinese
  • Close proximity to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art located at South Bank
  • Music extension

Extracurricular activities

  • Music programs—instrumental, symphony orchestra, symphonic band, concert band, and concert and chamber choirs
  • Drama, dance, vocal and stage productions
  • Sporting competitions​

School facilities

  • Business education centre
  • Performing arts and music complex
  • Science laboratories
  • Visual arts studio
  • Technology and design centre
  • Indoor sports centre, oval and sports fields
  • Rowing equipment
  • Playing fields
  • Tennis/multisp​orts courts
  • Basketball/netball court
  • Learning innovation centre
  • Museum
  • Student services centre
  • Research centre​

Tertiary pathways


  • ​French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish​
  • Chinese

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