Cleveland District State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​Excellence programs in Languages, the Arts and Bayside Sport Academy
  2. Accredited with Council of International Schools​
  3. Ideal location with easy access to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beautiful North Stradbroke Island

Principal's welcome

Welcome to Cleveland District State High School, an accredited member of the Council of International Schools and an International Baccalaureate school.

We are an independent public school and the number one school of choice for Redland City with a proud history in providing secondary education for over 50 years.

Cleveland High is 30 minutes East of Brisbane on Moreton Bay and overlooks beautiful North Stradbroke Island with the closest surf beaches to Brisbane.

At Cleveland High you will find opportunities to excel in sciences, mathematics and business with strong links to South East Queensland's best universities.

We have recognised Excellence programs in Creative Arts, Languages and Sport Development academies.

At Cleveland High, you will be part of an established school with a caring staff devoted to the creation of a safe supportive environment where all students are valued, individual differences are respected and international students are welcomed.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

Welcome to Cleveland District State High School (CDSHS), established in 1956 and situated at the gateway to Brisbane city and beautiful North Stradbroke Island.

Proudly, we are a member of the Council of International Schools and an International Baccalaureate World School.

Here, you will be part of an exceptional community with highly skilled educators in a supportive learning environment where international students are warmly welcomed.

With our many co-curricular activities, we will challenge you to develop skills through academic, citizenship, sporting and cultural excellence programs. We want you to achieve your best and extend your learning in as many ways as possible, including the option to enrol early at university while you study at CDSHS.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad
International Baccalaureate

Special programs

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 10–12)
  • International Baccalaureate Pamoja subjects offered online (fees apply)
  • Excellence programs in creative arts, languages and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Excellence programs in football, volleyball, basketball and touch football
  • Language Centre of Excellence
  • Confucius classroom
  • Marine science
  • Agriculture, animal husbandry
  • Film and new media
  • Individualised English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring
  • Science research and technology
  • Sport officiating
  • Certificate III Aviation Skills (drone technology – external provider)
  • Certificate in Fitness​

Extracurricular activities

  • Educational, cultural and sporting tours to Europe, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Japan and Lady Elliot Island (Years 10–12)
  • Choir, drama club and dance teams
  • Sixteen instrumental musical ensembles, from beginner to advanced
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Photography and media club
  • Surf lessons (1/term)
  • Cairns and Melbourne adventure trips​

School facilities

  • Gymnasium
  • School farm
  • Football (soccer) fields
  • Creative arts precinct
  • Industry standard film/media facilities
  • Industry standard dance, drama and music resources
  • Multipurpose sporting hall

Tertiary pathways

Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology (early admission and enrolment)


  • French
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Jandai (Indigenous languages – junior school)​​

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