Cleveland District State High School

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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.

Three reasons to choose Cleveland District State High School

  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

School Information

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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 skills, 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.

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

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

School facilities

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

Watch a video of our facilities via YouTube.

Extracurricular activities

  • Educational, cultural and sporting tours to Europe, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Japan, Noumea, China, Borneo, USA and Lady Elliot Island (Years 10–12)
  • Choir, drama club and dance teams
  • 16 instrumental musical ensembles from beginner to advanced
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Reef Guardian and DeforestACTION programs
  • Photography, film, TV club
  • Surf lessons (1/term)
  • Cairns Adventure Trip

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
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Special programs

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (Years 10–12)
  • Psychology (IB)
  • Excellence programs in creative arts and languages
  • Excellence program science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Excellence programs in football, volleyball and touch football
  • Asian Language Centre of Excellence
  • Confucius Classroom
  • Marine science
  • Agriculture, animal husbandry
  • Film and new media
  • Individualised English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) tutoring
  • Science research and technology
  • Sport officiating
  • Cert III Aviation Skills (Drone Technology – external provider)


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