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Council of International Schools (CIS) International Accreditation Report 

CIS School Evaluation and Accreditation is an evaluation process that drives the school’s continuous improvement, through: 

  • rigorous evaluation against internationally-agreed standards 

  • a blend of support and challenge, focused on a school’s development, and 

  • a peer-based model that brings together international educators from across the world of CIS-accredited schools

CIS is a non-national, non-regionally affiliated organisation and the status of CIS Accreditation confers an international recognition to stakeholders all over the world. The status of international accreditation demonstrates Cairns High’s commitment to high quality international education to the school community as well as to the outside world: prospective families, educational leaders and teachers as well as universities, embassies, other government departments, and global companies and organisations. 

The CIS Accreditation Process is a flexible, yet rigorous, vehicle for continuous school improvement which leads to the most highly valued and sought after international recognition of the school. The process involves evaluating the school in the light of: 

  • the school’s own Guiding Statements (i.e. Philosophy/Mission/Vision for Students/Educational Objectives/etc.), always referenced to the CIS Code of Ethics for members 

  • the CIS Standards for Accreditation 

Presently, 400 CIS Member Schools have been granted accredited status following a directed comprehensive self-study and a rigorous evaluation by a Visiting Team. More than 70 member schools have applied to become Accreditation Candidates with the ambition of gaining CIS Accreditation. 

Cairns State High School initially achieved International Accreditation in 2005 with a successful five year visit in 2010.  The school successfully achieved reaccreditation after a again completing the self-study process and a visit in  early 2016.

For further information please read the ​Your Child Attends an Accredited School brochure.

School Annual Report and Annual Implementation Plan 

The School Annual Report and 2016 Annual Implementation Plan (521 Kb, PDF) ​​​are documents that record the achievements of the previous year and the plans for the current year. 

The Annual Implementation Plan is developed after careful consideration of:  

  • Queensland State Education’s State School Strategy 2014-18
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) International Accreditation Report
  • Teaching and Learning Audit recommendations
  • Discipline Audit recommendations  

These documents focus the school’s leadership team to identify areas of high priority to Education Queensland as a system and to Cairns High as an individual school.  

The Annual Implementation Plan documents the school’s improvement priorities and strategies. These in turn inform the Specific Role Description of the Principal and other members of the leadership team.  The School Council refers to these documents to monitor and assist the school to achieve its goals.

School Improvement Unit Report

Cairns State High School was reviewed by the School Improvement Unit (SIU) on 1 to 4 November 2016. The report presents an evaluation of the school's performance against the nine domains of the National School Improvement Tool.

The report's executive summary outline's key finidings from the review and key improvement strategies which prioritise future directions for improvement.

Next Step Survey

Next Step is the Queensland Government's state wide​ survey of every student who completed Year 12 during the previous year in Queensland at government, Catholic and independent schools. The survey collects information about the initial study and employment destinations of young people after leaving school. The Cairns High Next Step report​ ​details are released around September each year.