Programs of Excellence


Caloundra State High School offers Programs of Excellence in academic and sporting pursuits and Arts Extension Programs in Dance and Music Performance that are designed to assist students in reaching their full potential.

Our academic excellence programs partner with the University of the Sunshine Coast and are informed by cutting-edge educational research and practice. Our sports development programs are conducted in partnership with local and regional community sporting organisations and are led by industry professionals.

All programs require a significant commitment  of time and effort outside of school hours.  Each program has a participation fee which must be paid upon receiving an invoice early in 2022. Entry to all programs is by application only.

Important dates for 2022 enrolments

Year 7 Academic Excellence Scholarship applications open:  Friday 19th February 2021
Year 7 Academic Excellence Scholarship Information Session:
​Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Year 7 Scholarship applications close:
Friday 12th March 2021
Year 7 Horizons applications close:
Round 1: Friday 12th March 2021
(major intake)
Round 2: Friday 13th August 2021
(subject to availability)
Year 7 Volleyball, Rugby League & Surf Programs of Excellence applications close:
Friday 27th August 2021
​Year 7 Rugby League Trials:
​Wednesday 1st September 2021
(3.15 - 5.00pm)
Year 7 Volleyball Trials:
Round 1: Wednesday 23rd June 2021 
(Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Round 2: Wednesday 1st September 2021
(3.15 - 5.00pm)
Year 7 Surfing Trials:

Date: TBA - applicants will be invited to a beach trial session after school.  Date to be advised

Applications to be submitted on or prior to this date.

Year 7 Arts Extension Programs: Applications close:-
Friday 27th August 2021

Wednesday 24th March 
(Dance Performance Workshop)
Monday 17th May 2021
(Woodwind, Brass, Percussion Workshop)
Thursday 20th May 2021
(Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass Workshop)
Wednesday 23rd June 2021 
(Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Wednesday 4th August 2021
(3.15 - 5.00pm)

Details about each program of excellence are as follows:

Horizons Academic Excellence

The Horizon Program (Years 7 & 8) nurtures and develops academically-talented students to extend and maximise their potential. Students work within the Australian Curriculum, with a focus on 21st Century skills such as complex thinking, digital literacy, innovation and teamwork.  Students are also involved in extracurricular activities within the local community to help nurture their passion for learning, allowing like-minded students to work together and be constantly challenged.

Volleyball Excellence

The Volleyball Program runs from Years 7-10 and provides our students with an advanced understanding of the game. Strong focus is placed on the essential skills, rules, rotations and teamwork throughout practical lessons. Theoretical aspects teach our students about enhancing performance and being a coach/leader/mentor.  Students conduct coaching clinics and mini volleyball tournaments for our local primary school students using our cutting-edge facilities. Partnering with Volleyball Queensland gives Caloundra State High School students the opportunity to play at an elite level in state and national events.

Rugby League Excellence

The Caloundra State High School Rugby League Program is open to students in Years 7-12 and is designed to develop and enhance our students in both technical ability and sportsmanship. The program uses Rugby League as a tool to develop respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, leadership and teamwork. Students have the opportunity to represent Caloundra State High School in local and state competitions. Partnership with Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Caloundra RSL provides students with many opportunities including elite coaching and future pathways. Year 11 & 12 students will complete a Certificate II in Sport & Recreation that contributes to their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Surf Excellence

With Kings, Moffat and Dicky Beach all in close proximity and the help of our local partners Silky Surf, this program provides experienced surfers in Years 7-12 with the opportunity to hone their technical skills and broaden their knowledge of beach environments along with practical aspects, such as board making and repair and surf survival skills. Students have the opportunity to represent Caloundra State High School in local and state competitions.

Last reviewed 19 February 2021
Last updated 19 February 2021