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Excellence programs

Cairns State High School has Centres of Excellence in Performing Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Sport and Engineering. Students wishing to enter the International Baccalaureate program participate in a selection process.
Each of the Centres operates Programs of Excellence in:
  • Art

  • Basketball

  • Chamber Strings

  • Choir

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Engineering & Aerospace

  • Film

  • Football

  • Hockey

  • Strings Orchestra

  • Symphonic Winds


The various Programs of Excellence are offered in Junior and/or Senior School and run as additional programs before or after school.
The programs are very popular and entry is via application and/or an audition process. Entry into the Engineering and International Baccalaureate Programs of Excellence will require students to sit an academic aptitude test.