Elanora State High School

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Principal's Welcome

Three reasons to choose Elanora State High School

  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.​

School Information

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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.

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

Our vision is ‘We are engaged. We are respectful. We are responsible’.

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

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

  • 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

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

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 and Sunshine Coast
  • Tangalooma Island resort trip (including: snorkelling, sand tobogganing and dolphin feeding)
  • Sydney trip
  • Cairns and Great Barrier Reef 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.


  • ​Japanese

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 (Information Technology)
  • Dance Academy (Years 7 to 9)
  • 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


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 20 June 2022