Coolum State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​Situated in an extraordinary bushland environment, close to a surf beach
  2. Students and staff are friendly and caring
  3. We offer a wide range of experiences, with a focus on excellence, student leadership and participation

Principal's welcome

​​​​​​​​​As Acting Principal of Coolum State High School, I feel very privileged to be leading 1 of the best schools in Queensland. We welcome all of our International Students to Coolum State High School and we know that you too will enjoy attending school every day!

Our teachers are a passionate, professional team who are dedicated to every student succeeding in a culture of unconditional care, respect and excellence.

Relationships and wellbeing

We help our students build strong relationships to ensure they have the opportunity to develop perseverance and resilience in a caring environment.


Our students respectfully consider and care about global problems, as well as community issues closer to home.


Everyone is expected to perform to their own personal excellence. We have high expectations with high support.

At Coolum State High School, we aim to foster a desire for continual improvement, individual success and personal fulfillment for all of our students.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

At Coolum State High School, we are located at the centre of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Our progressive secondary school is well resourced and we offer a wide range of academic and vocational education and training programs.

We aim to allow you to excel in your academic, vocational, cultural, music, sporting and community endeavours in our supportive educational environment.

You can also join in our range of committees and councils to develop your personal leadership skills.

Our committed, experienced and caring staff focus on care, safety, respect and excellence in every part of school life.

Our International Student Program enables our students to become active global citizens, with a deep knowledge of international issues and an intercultural understanding.​

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Academy programs – Australian Football League (AFL), basketball, cheerleading, surfing, robotics and SongSpark
  • Extensive vocational and training programs
  • Technology-based teaching and learning
  • Certificate courses offered by internal staff and outside providers – aviation, business, crime and justice, engineering pathways, hospitality, sport and recreation, tourism
  • Subject-based supervised excursions to facilitate practical learning

Extracurricular activities

  • Debating and public speaking
  • Learn-to-surf program
  • Instrumental music
  • Brilliant musicians and music recording studio
  • Robotics and Coding Club
  • Extensive range of academic competitions
  • School-based work experience
  • Year-level leadership development programs
  • Chess and netball development academies

School facilities

  • Smart Futures centre
  • State-of-the-art building for work focusing on science, technology, engineering, digital topics and health-services training classrooms
  • Performing arts centre and art gallery
  • Innovative design lab
  • Sports oval and football fields
  • Practical art rooms and kiln
  • Extensive manual arts, graphics, hospitality and textile study facilities
  • Multipurpose indoor sports centre with basketball courts

Tertiary pathways

  • ​​​University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) – Headstart Program
  • TAFE Queensland


  • ​Japanese
  • Other languages available (distance education)

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