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Queensland state schools

Queensland state schools significantly vary in size and location. Sizes can range from a one-teacher school, to a school with more than 2000 students, and from single or multi-age classes to a cluster of schools.

State schools are located from the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula to the borders of New South Wales and the Northern Territory and everywhere in between. Available details on specific school locations include addresses, regional information and maps.

State school sites include:

All state schools are coeducational and operate in partnership with their local communities.

In 2015, Year 7 became the first year of high school in Queensland as part of the Flying Start for Queensland Children External Link initiative.

Students starting their education in Prep or 'preparatory year' must be age 5 by 30 June in the year they start Prep. For more information on state schools in Queensland, visit the guide to state schools.

Find out more about the different types of education facilities in Queensland, including Higher Education Institutions for educational qualifications after completing secondary school, and International Education for international students studying in Queensland.


The Australian Curriculum will replace the Queensland curriculum as it becomes available. More information is available on what curriculum is currently being implemented in Queensland state schools.

The P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework captures all curriculum requirements for state schools from Prep to Year 12. The framework establishes expectations for Queensland state schools in delivering curriculum to optimise learning for all students.

The school year

The school year usually runs from late January to mid-December for 40 school weeks each year, with the rare exception of a 41 week year on a cyclical basis.

The year is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each semester.

The department produces an annual calendar indicating specific Queensland state school holiday and term dates.

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