Centenary Heights State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​Queensland’s first International Student Program school in Toowoomba (1991)
  2. Principals’ University Scholarship and direct university entry partnerships​
  3. Consistently among the leading academic schools in Queensland – top 1% across all sectors​
Two students outside playing guitars Students laying on the grass outside Students in agriculture class outside with cows

Principal's welcome

​​Hello to you. I am very pleased you are considering coming to Australia and maybe Centenary Heights State High School!

Our school has 60 nationalities. We embrace other cultures and what we can learn from them. I invite you to look at our website where you will see our international students speaking of their very happy experience living and learning with us.

Our city of Toowoomba is beautiful, our school is wonderful and we have a lot of support for our international students. You will make many friends here.

I do hope you decide to join us.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

Highly valuing cultural diversity, Centenary Heights State High School was one of the first two schools in Queensland to welcome international students.

With 30 years experience of International Student Programs, we provide a first-class education to overseas students. Our reputation for academic excellence and achievement means we are highly ranked as 1 of the top schools in Queensland.

Our students are from approximately 60 nations and we have received prestigious awards for encouraging leadership and cross-cultural awareness.

At Centenary Heights State High School, we aim to provide every student with an opportunity to develop skills in areas that will prepare them as independent and productive citizens of the future.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Award-winning instrumental music and music extension
  • Mentor program for international students to assist inclusion
  • Award-winning music program
  • Seniors as leaders program (Years 11–12)
  • After-school study support program
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) support program
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Excellence program

Extracurricular activities

  • Cross-cultural captains
  • International student excursions
  • Art exhibitions
  • Public speaking and debating
  • International ambassador
  • Participation in state and national competitions in science, mathematics, English, business and humanities subjects is encouraged​

School facilities

  • Swimming complex, gym, sports fields
  • Performing arts complex
  • Specially-equipped kitchen for international students
  • One of the fastest internet speed state schools in Queensland
  • Specialised 21st century classroom for language, dance, performing arts, science, music and arts
  • State-of-the-art science laboratories
  • Modern languages centre
  • Film and television editing suite

Tertiary pathways

  • The University of Queensland (UQ) Young Achievers program worth up to $30,000 scholarship
  • Bond University – Collegiate Excellence Scholarship program
  • University of Southern Queensland – Head Start program​


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German​

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