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 2023 enrolments

Year 7 Academic Excellence Scholarship applications open:  Friday 11th March 2022
Year 7 Academic Excellence Scholarship Information Session:
​Wednesday 16th March 2022
Year 7 Scholarship applications close:
Friday 1st April 2022
Year 7 Horizons applications close:
Round 1: Friday 1st April 2022
(major intake)
Round 2: Friday 12th August 2022
(subject to availability)
Year 7 Volleyball, Rugby League & Surfing Programs of Excellence applications close:
Round 1:  Friday 1st April 2022
Round 2:  Friday 26th August 2022
​Year 7 Rugby League Trials:
​Wednesday 31st August 2022
(3.15 - 5.00pm)
Year 7 Volleyball Trials:
Round 1: Tuesday 21st  June 2022
(Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Round 2: Wednesday  31st August 2022
(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:-
Round 1:  Friday 1st April 2022
Round 2:  Friday 26th August 2022

Tuesday 21st June 2022 
(Year 6 High School Experience Day)
Wednesday 3rd August 2022
(3.15 - 4.30pm)​

Wednesday 16th March 2022
(Dance Performance Workshop)
Monday 30th May 2022
(Woodwind, Brass, Percussion & Strings Workshop)

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 the Melbourne Storm provides students with many opportunities including elite coaching and future pathways. Year 11 & 12 students will complete a Certificate III in Sport & Recreation that contributes to their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Surfing Excellence

With Kings, Moffat and Dicky Beach all in close proximity and the help of our local partners, 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 09 December 2022
Last updated 09 December 2022