High School Options in Brisbane

High School options in Brisbane are abundant. From public to private, single sex to co-ed, it’s important to find a school that suits your child’s needs. Many schools have open days and hold public events that provide the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the school community and to see if they will be the right fit for your family. Below are just a few high schools in Brisbane to help you to get started on your journey to find the perfect high school.

Brisbane High School Scholarships

Although most scholarships are awarded for academic ability, some schools will offer scholarships for those students skilled in particular areas, with music being the most common, however, sports and performing arts scholarships are also available. They can also be for full or part tuition fees, dependent upon the individual schools, the students and the evaluation process.

Normally, students who wish to apply for scholarships will be asked to sit exams to assess their academic potential. This can be done by individual schools, or by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The testing is not of the student’s IQ but of their scholastic potential or ability.

To find out more, check out our guide to High School Scholarships in Brisbane here.

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Aviation High School | Clayfield

Aviation High School is an independent co-education public high school for students from years 7 to 12. Established in 2007 to provide direct pathways for students seeking careers in the aviation and aerospace industries the Senior School curriculum at Aviation High School is supported by the School of Excellence in Aerospace and Aviation. With the introduction of the national curriculum the school is now delivering that same quality education across all Key Learning Areas to students whatever their aspirations. www.aviationhigh.eq.edu.au

Birali Steiner School | Beachmere

Birali Steiner School is located at Beachmere in the Moreton Bay Region of Queensland, Australia. The school is non-denominational, co-educational and currently offers classes Prep to Year Nine. Throughout the grades at Birali, students are given a nurturing and stimulating education based on the developmental needs of each grade. Structures of the school day are guided by the pedagogical intentions in each area of Steiner Education. https://biralisteiner.qld.edu.au/

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Brisbane Christian College | Coopers Plains & Salisbury campuses

Brisbane Christian College is a Kindy to Year 12 Coeducational College on Brisbane’s south-side. Their aim is to know every student by name, paying attention to their individual needs and talents so that they can achieve their desired goals in life. The college offers school-based University and Apprenticeship programs as well as Aviation Academy for Senior students. https://brisbanechristiancollege.com.au/

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Brisbane State High School | South Brisbane

Brisbane State High School is a coeducational secondary school for students from year 7 to 12. State High has a long-standing reputation for academic and sporting excellence and upholds the public school values that, regardless of personal circumstance, everybody has the right to access education and opportunities to excel. Providing learning experiences across all aspects of life, Brisbane State High encourages learning, excellence and respect for others. The school boasts a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from music programs, dance troupes, sports and academic clubs to help further develop student’s talents. www.brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au.au

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Clayfield College | Clayfield

Clayfield College is an independent school, owned and governed by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association. It caters for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12, boys from Pre-Prep to Year 6 and girls’ boarding from Year 5 to 12. Clayfield College is renowned for its high academic standards, its quality of teaching and learning, and its emphasis on personal excellence. The school offers all key areas of curriculum, as well as specialty classes and an extensive range of sporting, music, cultural, enrichment and community service programs. www.clayfield.qld.edu.au 

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Earnshaw State College | Banyo

Earnshaw State College is an Independent Public School for boys and girls from Prep to Year 12. From gender classes, university links, vocational pathways, transition to work programs, Earnshaw provides an education that offers the best opportunities for every student. Their experienced and dedicated staff nurture and challenge students to perform to the best of their ability. A wide range of academic and vocational subjects meet the diverse needs of students, preparing them for their various roles in the world beyond school. www.earnshawsc.eq.edu.au

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The Glenleighden School

Finding the best school for a child with Language Disorder can be a daunting task. The Glenleighden School is a unique Prep to Year 12 school supporting the 1 in 14 children and young people with disability for whom language is their primary disorder. The school is situated in Fig Tree Pocket, a leafy suburb of Brisbane, within walking distance of the local state school and close to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Glenleighden was established in 1979 and since opening its doors has supported more than 1000 students to FIND THEIR VOICE.  http://glenleighden.org.au/

Hubbard’s School | Milton

Hubbard’s School in Miltons’ Business Precinct is an independent co-educational institution that offers an intensive, but less formal way to complete Years 11 and 12. Hubbard’s School prides itself on offering a quality alternative to mainstream schooling that aims to prepare young people for success at tertiary level with a strong academic focus and balanced lifestyle. www.hubbards.qld.edu.au

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IES College | Spring Hill

The expansion of IES College’s educational programme now makes IES College Brisbane’s only independent, co-educational and secular senior high school to exclusively deliver the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The smaller, boutique environment provides a personalised student experience, encouraging each student to reach their full potential, feel safe and supported. The college takes a whole-of-student-development approach to teaching and learning; the students will simultaneously be challenged, engaged, supported and nurtured. Simply put, the students will be heard. https://iescollege.com/



Marlene Moore Schools Network | Brisbane

Marlene Moore Schools Network consists of four separately registered Non State Schools accredited within Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth+. The Flexible Learning Centre’s (FLC) provide a flexible and diverse curriculum to students aged between 14 and 25 years old who have disengaged from mainstream education. Each FLC supports students as they complete their High School education and transition to further education and employment. www.youthplus.edu.au

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Moreton Bay Boys’ College | Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay Boys’ College (MBBC) is a contemporary, independent, Prep to Year 12 boys’ college and one of Queensland’s Top 50 Schools.  MBBC offers small classes, a nurturing environment, Christian values and an academic program based within the International Baccalaureate (IB) which encourages students to think critically, challenge and question.  A dedicated group of excellent teachers; exceptional co-curricular opportunities, including pioneering adventure sports and contemporary music programs; a comprehensive digital program and a strong pastoral care initiative all contribute to an outstanding student experience. 

Moreton Bay College | Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay College (MBC) is located in Manly West and is a Prep to Year 12 Uniting Church School for girls and one of Brisbane’s top performing schools. With a rich heritage of over 110 years, exceptional teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, an integrated pastoral care program and extensive co-curricular opportunities, Moreton Bay College offers an outstanding student experience.  The College aims to develop knowledgeable, confident, passionate and empathetic students with the skills to chase down their dreams and make a real difference in the world.

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Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus | Kelvin Grove

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI) is a co-educational selective entry independent state school for Years 10 to 12. QACI uses an innovative educational program that maximises high achieving students potential while focusing on their preferred academic pathway in the creative industries. Subjects at QACI are dedicated to the creative arts and include Music, Film, Theatre, Design Technology and Visual Arts. Students at QACI study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), an internationally recognised pre-university qualification that prepares students not only for university but life beyond the classroom. www.qaci.eq.edu.au

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Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus | Southport

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus (QAHS) is co-educational selective entry independent state school for Years 10 to 12. QAHS bridges high school and tertiary study allowing students with an interest in fields related to Health Sciences to develop their skills. Students at QAHS study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a highly respected pre-university qualification. Subjects outside of the core curriculum are dedicated to Health Sciences and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. www.qahs.eq.edu.au


Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus | Toowong

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus (QASMT) is a co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. QASMT as been established to give students with an interest in fields related to Science, Mathematics and Technology the opportunity to develop their skills through an innovative educational program. Students at QASMT study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Non-core subjects at QASMT include Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Mathematical studies. www.qasmt.eq.edu.au

Samford Valley Steiner School | Samford Valley

Established in 1987, Samford Valley Steiner School is a pre-prep to Year 12, coeducational independent school located amongst lush bushland in Samford Valley. The School curriculum is based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and aims to address children’s needs intellectually, emotionally and developmentally as they grow into adulthood. www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au

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Silkwood School | Mt Nathan

Silkwood School is a private coeducational school for Prep to Year 12. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Silkwood is a progressive alternative to traditional schooling. The School has developed The Silkwood Way, an innovative educational program that focuses on individual learning plans using student interest, contemporary learning styles and the Australian Curriculum. www.silkwood.qld.edu.au

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St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Educating your child within a community that shares your family values is one of the many reasons St Margaret’s is the school of choice for families and students. Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is well known for its focus on academic excellence, quality learning and teaching, and its commitment to pastoral care. www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au 

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Stuartholme School | Toowong

Stuartholme School is an independent Catholic secondary school for girls in Years 7 to 12. Established in 1920 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the school is both a day school and a boarding school. The school provides an educational experience with opportunities for girls to achieve their potential in all areas of their school-life and beyond. The school’s ethos is to provide a balanced and well-rounded educational programme in order to encourage each girl to discover, develop and value her talents, and to be the best she can be. www.stuartholme.com


Xavier Flexi Schools Network | Ipswich

Xavier Flexi Schools Network provides a flexible and diverse curriculum to students aged between 12 and 20 across 5 Queensland locations. The Flexible Learning Centre’s offer smaller classes and a flexible curriculum that draws on the individual interests and needs of the students. This program encourages and supports students as they re-engage with the education system and complete their high school studies. www.youthplus.edu.au

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