Elanora State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​Every student undertakes a personalised learning’ journey through secondary schooling to future employment, further training or university.
  2. Our Senior 11 and 12 students will be involved in the 4 day school program, allowing them to have Friday’s to study, work or travel.
  3. Personalised International Team and support staff to assist  and support out International students throughout their journey at Elanora.

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School overview

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School website

At Elanora State High School, we are an innovative, academically focused school located on the southern end of the Gold Coast, within walking distance to beautiful beaches and Tallebudgera Creek, and only 15 minutes from Coolangatta Airport.

Our school is between suburban areas and the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland with easy access to world renowned beaches.

We are in a safe, friendly and family oriented suburb and our host families live close to our school.

Our vision is to be a thriving community that fosters the wellbeing of individual learners, to harness their potential and become confident and resilient global citizens.

We offer a variety of subject choices and academic pathways to enhance your learning as you strive for excellence.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Academic Class of Excellence (ACE) and extension classes in English and mathematics
  • J​unior Sports Academy (Years 7 to 9)
  • Business and IT
  • Performing arts (including dance and drama)
  • Marine and aquatic recreation (including sailing, boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and first aid)
  • Photography
  • Hospitality (catering)
  • Visual arts
  • ​Music and media arts

Extracurricular activities

  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) lessons weekly
  • International surfing program
  • Japan tour
  • Performing arts showcases
  • Ski trip​
  • Day trips to Byron Bay, Brisbane, Springbrook and Mount Tamborine National Park
  • Tangalooma Island resort trip (including: snorkelling, sand tobogganing and dolphin feeding)
  • Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island, Cairns and Great Barrier Reef trip​

School facilities

  • Multiple computer labs
  • First-class science laboratories
  • Performing arts theatre
  • Boating and marine facilities
  • Large indoor gymnasium
  • Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
  • Music practice rooms
  • Fully refurbished Library Hub
  • Fully equipped kitchens and restaurant
  • Photography lab
  • International student centre

Tertiary pathways

  • Direct entry into universities on the Gold Coast and in the Brisbane region
  • Griffith University and Southern Cross University Early Start to Tertiary Studies program
  • Year 11 and 12 entry into university
  • Vocational and educational training courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Health Hub


  • ​Japane​se

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