Enrolling at our school


Enrolment process

The capacity to enrol students at Cairns State High School is governed by the available school facilities and amount of physical space available on the site. Students residing within our catchment (as per the Enrolment Management Plan) are entitled to enrol at the school and the school is obligated to reserve positions for students relocating into the catchment area.

Students outside the catchment have limited access to positions at the school. Students will be placed on a waiting list and should there be sufficient capacity to bring in additional students, they will be offered placement based on the order of their submitted Expression of Interest. Parents/carers will be contacted should a position arise. 

In the first instance, please complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) below.  Once completed, submit the EOI for the relevant intake year along with supporting documents in person to the main office located on the corner of Sheridan and Upward Streets.

Please note:
• EOI forms and supporting documentation will not be accepted via email.
• All paperwork must be submitted by post or in person.
• We are unable to process incomplete applications for enrolment.
• Only certified copies of documentation will be accepted.
• Submitted documents are not returned. Please do not submit originals.
• Cairns State High School cannot certify or copy documentation.


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 10, 11, 12)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a challenging, internationally recognised alternative senior schooling pathway.

The IBDP pathway is  available for students in Years 10, 11, and/or 12 (dependent on subject availability). Please be advised IBDP is a university preparatory program and therefore a current average grade of A or B is required in all core subjects.  Students must be able to provide evidence of high commitment to study, organisation and willingness to meet academic requirements.

Academic testing and an interview form part of the entry process.

To apply for the IBDP, please complete an EOI for Enrolment found above, in addition to IBDP Application Form and submit all documents in person to the main office located on the corner of Sheridan and Upward Streets.

Appealing an enrolment decision

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.

Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applicants may respond to the Principal’s preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven (7) school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.

If no submission is received, the Principal’s preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.

If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. There is no internal review of the Principal’s decision.

Please direct your submission appealing the enrolment decision to the Executive Principal, Mr Zilm by email:


Subject line: Appeal of enrolment decision


Kelly Midgley and Leanne Buls l Enrolment Officers l T 4050 3054/3082 l E


Last reviewed 27 August 2019
Last updated 27 August 2019