Elanora State High School

Elanora State High SchoolElanora State High School overview

Elanora State High School is a young, modern school situated on the southern end of the Gold Coast just three kilometres west of pristine surf beaches. The school is nestled between local suburban areas and the foothills of the hinterland.

Elanora State High School operates a vertical unitized curriculum with students in mixed year level classes according to interest and ability rather than grouped by age. Elanora SHS is a school with a difference. We have national award winning programs in dance, business, surfing and leadership.

3 reasons to choose Elanora State High School

  • Proven commitment to academic, cultural and sporting excellence
  • Individualised and innovative curriculum
  • Safe and supportive school environment

Curriculum and Facilities:

  • Leadership and Business programs
  • Marine and Aquatic studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Fashion Design, Dance and Drama
  • Surf Lifesaving and Surfing Excellence
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Processing and Technology
  • English, Science and Maths strands
  • Social Sciences, Business Studies and IT options

Elanora State High School offers a fully equipped Resource Centre and library including Internet and e-mail and a Performing Arts Centre available for all students. Sports are well catered for with a large indoor gymnasium, volleyball and tennis courts and various sports fields. Boating and aquatic activities are provided close to the school.

Specialised subject facilities include a comprehensive business education centre, music practise rooms, science and computer laboratories and photographic and video editing facilities. Add to this a working restaurant and facilities for the design and construction of things as diverse as furniture, fishing rods, plastic accessories and surfboards.

Unique Aspects and Achievements:

  • Nationally recognised Business programs
  • Acclaimed Leadership programs
  • Individualised innovative curriculum
  • Academic excellence in Economics and Languages
  • Outstanding Dance and Surfing Achievements
  • National Finalists (6 times) Australian Business Week Program
  • Consistently developing top ranking Year 12 students


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  • Certificate III in Hospitality Operations
  • Leadership and Business Programs
  • Marine and Aquatic Studies
  • Australian Air Force Cadets
  • Optiminds Challenge


  • Rock Eisteddfod
  • Japan Tour
  • Canberra Tour
  • Debating
  • Public Speaking, Mooting Competitions
  • Performing Arts Camp
  • Band Camp
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Maths Challenge
  • Ski Trip


  • Japanese
  • German


  • Resource Centre
  • Computer and Science Laboratories
  • Business Education Centre
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Boating and Marine Facilities
  • Large indoor gymnasium
  • Volleyball and tennis courts
  • Music practice rooms
  • Photographic editing studios.
  • Restaurant

tertiary pathways

  • Bond University - Pathways programs, Scholarships
  • Gold Coast TAFE - Direct Entry Awards


  • Six times National Finalists - Australian Business Week Program
  • Four times Qld Rock Eisteddfod Finalist
  • Australian Business Week Online Champion
  • National Award winning surfing and dance programs

other highlights

  • Flexible timetable in Senior School
  • Personalised ESL support
  • Maths and Science tutoring
  • Extensive Student Welfare Network
  • Peer Mediation