Southport State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​Exceptional facilities and location, within ​5 kilometres of Chinatown precinct, Broadwater Parklands, Australia Fair shopping and business precinct, The Spit surf beach and other world-class surf breaks
  2. Selective entry, commitment to excellence in academic, creative arts, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and sports excellence programs
  3. Partnership and direct entry programs with Griffith University (GU), Bond University and Technical and Further Education (TAFE)​

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Southport State High School is located in the heart of the Gold Coast close to the Central Business District.

Our school is known as a gateway to higher education, with direct links to Griffith University, Bond University, TAFE Gold Coast and language schools.

We are in close proximity to Gold Coast's Chinatown precinct, Broadwater Parklands and some of the best surfing beaches in the world, such as 'The Other Side' (TOS) Surf Beach.

Our curriculum is rich in digital learning experiences to prepare you for our ever-changing world.

We are proud of our supportive and caring community that offers you outstanding academic, sporting and cultural opportunities.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Sports Excellence program—Australian Rules football, touch football, soccer, netball and basketball (Years 7–12)
  • Academic Excellence (Years 7–9)
  • Instrumental Music Excellence
  • Creative Arts Academy of Excellence program
  • Vocational Education and Training opportunities
  • Aquatic practices​

Extracurricular activities

  • Innovative leadership program
  • Instrumental music opportunities
  • School musical
  • Dance troupes
  • Interstate and overseas travel opportunities
  • Various sporting opportunities including, but not limited to, netball, basketball and touch football

School facilities

  • Specialist science labs and lecture theatre
  • Specialist junior secondary facility
  • Tennis courts
  • Industrial kitchen facility
  • Performing arts theatre
  • Dance studio
  • Centre for Music Excellence
  • Apple Mac editing facilities

Tertiary pathways

  • Griffith University partnership
  • Bond University partnership and Student for a Semester
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast partnership and direct entry program
  • Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University partnership (music)


  • Mandarin (Years 7–9)
  • Other options available through distance education​

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.

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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