Ferny Grove State High School

Three reasons to choose us

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

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.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

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, at Ferny Grove, is for every individual discovering their passion on their pathway of learning. We will achieve this vision through the enactment of our purpose statement: 'To create an inclusive and respectful environment that fosters resilient, knowledgeable and globally connected individuals'.​

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’.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special 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)
  • STEMx (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) (Years 8–10) with pathways into Years 11–12

Extracurricular activities

  • Year 7 camp
  • Overseas exchanges
  • Annual ski trip
  • Kokoda Challenge
  • Ferny Grove Science Society
  • English (debating)
  • Enterprise Day
  • Sporting carnivals (athletics, swimming, cross country)
  • Language and cultural events
  • Subject showcase events
  • Immersive cocurricular experiences in biology, drama and instrumental music

School facilities

  • New multi-purpose sports performance centre
  • Agricultural farm
  • Large, multi-purpose hall and modern 350 seat auditorium for performances, lectures 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, 4 science labs and a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) design studio

Tertiary 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​


  • ​German
  • German acceleration/extension
  • Indonesian

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