Ferny Grove State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​​​​​Welcome to Ferny Grove State High School. Our school is a vibrant and exciting place where our students are encouraged to Always Aim High. We have an excellent reputation for outstanding achievements across academic, cultural, sporting and citizenship areas. Our school is founded on strong values – respect, learning, community and creativity. These values form the basis for strong relationships with each other, the way we learn, work and achieve success in a dynamic learning environment.

We offer students an opportunity to engage in a wide range of extra and co-curricular activities which will provide life balance and add to their personal development as global citizens.

Ferny Grove State High School has welcomed students through the Education Queensland International Student Program since 2008 and we have a long history of successfully hosting visits for exchange students from around the world. We strive to provide an educational experience of an extremely high standard.

Three reasons to choose Ferny Grove State High School

  1. High-quality experiences in academic, citizenship, cultural, artistic and sporting pursuits
  2. Extensive use of information communication technologies for learning, including a one-to-one laptop program
  3. Specialist programs for instrumental and choral music, languages, learning excellence and agricultural studies

School Information

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Ferny Grove is an independent public school that has developed a strong reputation for the provision of high-quality educational opportunities across academic, sporting, cultural and citizenship areas. Our vision is for all of our students to reach their true potential, achieving their individual goals and making a positive contribution to their communities.

Set in beautiful bushland just 12 kilometres from the centre of Brisbane, the school is recognised for its strong traditional values, which are embedded in a caring and supportive environment. Our school is large enough to offer significant diversity and something for everyone, while ensuring that every student is valued as an individual who is encouraged and supported to ‘Always Aim High’.

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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

  • The University of Queensland (UQ) – Enhanced Studies program (university subjects studied during Year 12)
  • START QUT – Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – university subjects studied during Year 12
  • TAFE Queensland tertiary entrance programs​

School facilities

  • New Multi-purpose Hall currently under construction; due for completion January 2021
  • Operational school farm
  • Large, multi-purpose hall and modern 350 seat auditorium for performance, lecture and community events
  • State-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities, including a one-to-one laptop program
  • Centre of Learning Excellence – comprising 22 new learning spaces, four science labs and a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) design studio

Extracurricular activities

  • School camps
  • Year 8 and 11 leadership camps
  • Subject camps in Biology, Languages, Drama and Instrumental Music
  • Overseas exchanges
  • Annual ski trip
  • Kokoda Challenge
  • Ferny Grove Science Society
  • English – debating

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.


  • ​German
  • German extension
  • Indonesian

Special programs

  • Academic extension programs
  • Internationally acclaimed Instrumental and Choral Music program (Years 7–12)
  • Agriculture (Years 9–12)
  • German Immersion Program (Years 7–10)
  • Learning Excellence across Ferny (LEAF) program – an academic program with an entrance exam (Years 7–9)
  • FAST (Ferny Advanced Sporting Teams) (Years 7–9)
  • STEM (Years 8–10) with pathways into Year 11–12


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