William Ross State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​A welcoming local community that embraces culture and diversity with established support systems, orientation programs and homestays for international students.
  2. With a strong education focus, William Ross State High School has direct links university and industry pathway programs to prepare students for a career or further study.
  3. A proud sporting tradition and programs that develop and support elite athletes to regional, state and national level.
Swimming Carnival Music performance Formal uniform

Principal's welcome

Welcome to William Ross State High School. 

Our school is an innovative academic school with an extensive range of curriculum providing high quality learning with a strong student support program. 

William Ross delivers opportunities for international students to experience success and achieve productive outcomes across academic studies, cultural events and sporting activities.

​Located on the south side of Townsville, our open North Queensland life-style offers students experiences and activities that extend their understanding of Australian culture and provide a unique life balance that will add to their personal development as global citizens.

School overview

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School website

William Ross State High School is located in the tropical city of Townsville—gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Our world-class facilities include an aquaculture hub, industrial trade centre, a laser equipped design lab and commercial grade kitchens with a fully functioning café. We value academic excellence and vocational pathways.

Our school motto is 'Success through commitment' and we offer a diverse range of learning opportunities in a supportive welcoming environment with opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Field excursions include camps to local tropical islands and across North Queensland, with experiences of snorkelling with turtles, discovering Indigenous culture, and other events such as the Human Powered Vehicle competition.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
  • Engineering Excellence
  • Language Ambassador
  • Instrumental music
  • Performing vocal group and orchestra
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Literacy and numeracy support

Extracurricular activities

  • Excursions and camps to local attractions, the Reef, Magnetic Island, Mungalla Station, Mungalli Falls Outdoor Education Centre and Billabong Sanctuary
  • STEAM Lab is an opportunity to problem solve and develop solutions using a range of technical and design skills featuring drone programming, flight simulation, robotics, laser and 3D printing
  • Immerse yourself in an Indigenous cultural experience
  • Multicultural celebrations with music, food and dance
  • Go digital with our student run radio station and green room facilities
  • Community performances, dance, musicals and rock eisteddfod
  • LOTE (Language Other Than English) competitions and events
  • Swimming and athletics carnivals
  • Inter-school sporting competitions

School facilities

  • Aquaponics hub
  • Industrial grade trade skills centre
  • Commercial kitchen with a fully functioning café
  • Computer laboratories with 3D printing and AutoCAD design capabilities
  • Performing arts centre and dance room
  • Fully equipped school gym
  • Film, sound and arts studio
  • Confucius Classroom in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT)​

Tertiary pathways


  • Chinese
  • Japanese

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