Brisbane State High School

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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 four 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.

Three reasons to choose Brisbane State High School

  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).

School Information

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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 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.

Contact details


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

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/multisports courts
  • Basketball/netball court
  • Learning Innovation Centre
  • Museum
  • Student Services Centre
  • Research Centre

Extracurricular activities

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

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
  • Italian
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Chinese

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


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 28 April 2022