Ipswich State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​Enrichment to students interested in STEM, and four High Performance Academies offering elite training and coaching programs in rugby league, soccer and dance.
  2. Programs from one of the largest school-based registered training organisations in Queensland. Over 30 nationally recognised courses offered, including hair and beauty, and Certificate I and II in dance.
  3. Dedicated Student Welfare Faculty—a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment.​

Principal's welcome

​I am very pleased to welcome you to Ipswich State High School, a school of many opportunities.

Our school is just 40 minutes from Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and close to the beaches and the mountains.  
You are part of the best Queensland has to offer when you enrol at Ipswich High.

Whatever your skills or interests, we will help you become an expert – are you a dancer, a cook or a carpenter?  Do you love science, engineering or sport?  Have you ever thought of being a hairdresser or a make-up artist?

Students at our school can do all these things and more.  Our staff and student mentors will guide you every step of the way and provide advice and motivation as you choose your career path.

We have wonderful families who are experienced in hosting international students.  You have made an excellent decision by choosing our school.​

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

At Ipswich State High School (SHS), we offer a wide range of subjects that prepare students for tertiary and vocational pathways. Students can choose courses that include academic subjects such as physics, engineering, chemistry, specialist maths and English, as well as vocational subjects in the areas of dance, hospitality, health, hair & beauty or construction. Year 11 students can study a university subject while at our school through the Head Start Program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). With so many subject choices and programs on offer, our aim is to prepare you for any career.

Students will be offered individual case management as well as English language support as part of their program. We value diversity and different cultures and this includes the acknowledgement of the traditional land owners.

Join us at Ipswich SHS, only 50 minutes from Brisbane central business district (CBD), and have the opportunity to make friendships for life.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Excellence programs in STEM
  • Rugby league, dance, hair and beauty
  • Trade Training programs in furnishing, carpentry, technology and engineering
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Certificate I, II and III courses in a broad range of subjects
  • Hair, nails and beauty programs

Extracurricular activities

  • Concert band, choir, stage band, strings ensemble and instrumental music program
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • IT club
  • Manga club
  • Girls football
  • Netball, soccer, volleyball and rugby league
  • Cheerleading
  • Tutoring
  • Study tours in Australia and other countries
  • NASA Experience trip
  • Students from Nerima (Japan) schools visit our school annually and our school visits Nerima every second year
  • School musical and concerts

School facilities

  • Trade Training centre
  • Specialist hair, nails and beauty training rooms and a commercial salon open to the public
  • Dance studios
  • Art studios with a kiln
  • Film and television editing facilities
  • Library and resource Centre
  • Science laboratories
  • Computer laboratories
  • Extensive sporting facilities, including a gym and swimming pool

Tertiary pathways

  • University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Head Start program
  • The school has one of Queensland’s largest school-based registered training organisations (RTOs) and offers a wide range of certificate courses


  • ​Japanese (Y​ears 7–12)​

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