Maleny State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​A hub of learning in a rich, cultural and artistic area, offering diverse subject choices that lead to multiple career pathways
  2. A very successful and dynamic agricultural studies department
  3. Unique hinterland setting close to beaches​​

Principal's welcome

​​Maleny State High School is located in the Queensland Sunshine Coast Hinterland, 100km north of Brisbane and 35 minutes’​ drive from the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches. The school services the communities of the Blackall Range, Upper Mary Valley, part of the rail corridor and surrounding areas. The school was established in 1987 and has a reputation for a diverse, innovative curriculum, excellent facilities and a pleasant environment for student learning.

The school offers a diverse curriculum program which recognises the importance of traditional academic subjects as preparation for tertiary entrance while at the same time offering a wide range of vocational education courses. The school aims to provide students with maximum opportunities to achieve credits towards their Queensland Certificates of Education. The school actively pursues the principle of “Learning for Living”.
Many students have extended and enriched their secondary experience by accessing subjects offered by universities, as well as Brisbane School of Distance Education.

The Middle Years (Years 7-9) Curriculum studies are based on the Australian Curriculum, emphasizing team planning and literacy.
During the Senior Phase of Learning (Years 10-12) students are provided with opportunities to extend their studies and diversify as they work towards obtaining their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). QCS Test and OP performance is usually above the State average in the higher bands. Over the last five years, an average of 24.0% of our year 12 students have been placed in the OP bands of 1-7, compared with 22.7% across Queensland. 97% of Maleny SHS students who apply for Tertiary Entrance receive a QTAC offer for a tertiary place. On average, over 60% of year 12s are OP eligible, with more than 85% of all year 12s gaining either an OP or “VET” qualifications. 25% - 30% of Senior students undertake a traineeship and nearly all of these exit year 12 with a VET certificate at AQTF level I or II.

Maleny State High School is an accredited Education Queensland International school and offers places to International students from all around the world. We also host regular International Study Tours each year, mainly from Japan.

A large number of students participate in and gain success in a range of extension and co-academic activities such as competitions and cultural events within the strong Arts fields of Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts, as well as a strong sporting presence. Students undertake a range of leadership roles through the Student Council, Interact Club, School Captaincy and House Sports positions.

The school grounds have an area of 15.4 hectares and include a 7 hectare Agricultural Section which regularly showcases its successful cattle handling teams and other primary industry initiatives. A large multipurpose Activities Centre and Dance Studio cater for sport, performances and assembly and are hired regularly by community groups.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

Our school is located in the lush mountains overlooking the Sunshine Coast beaches and close to local outdoor experiences including rainforests, waterfalls and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Our student population size allows for a unique balance between individualised student care and access to a diverse range of curriculum programs and resources.

We have a history of outstanding academic achievements, a caring and compassionate ethos—both locally and globally—​and a friendly, personalised community.

For more than 15 years, our school has engaged in an international student program which enhances our understanding of other cultures, contributing to the development of global citizens.

EQI programs offered

High School
Regional Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Music Excellence school (Years 7–12)
  • International student committee (Years 9–12)
  • International student learn to surf program (Years 10–12)
  • Senior leadership programs (Years 10–12)
  • Altitude STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program (Years 7–9)
  • Robotics and coding club (Years 7–10)
  • Vocational educational training (VET) program (Years 10–12)
  • Fully functional on-site school farm (livestock and horticulture) (Years 7–12)
  • Environmental committee (Years 7–12)
  • Tutorial programs (Years 7–12)
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program (Years 7–12)

Extracurricular activities

  • School/district/community sporting teams
  • Academic competitions
  • Public speaking
  • Agricultural show team – animal handling and judging training
  • Annual ski trip, biennial Japan study tour
  • Community service program – Interact Club
  • School band – competitions and tours
  • Instrumental music program
  • University and career expos
  • After school activities held in school grounds – sports, performing arts

School facilities

  • International students’ room
  • Professional dance studio
  • Film and television editing suite
  • Sports facilities – ovals, tennis and netball courts
  • Indoor activities centre for sports and functions
  • Multimedia classrooms and computer labs
  • 7-hectare farm
  • Virtual s​chooling system
  • Science labs
  • Hospitality/catering kitchens

Tertiary pathways

  • Headstart Program – study university courses at University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Entry to other Queensland universities


  • ​Japa​nese

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