The Gap State High School

The Gap State High School is uniquely located in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and the D’Aguilar National Park. However, the centre of Brisbane is only 15 minutes away by public transport.

The Gap State High School’s curriculum and structure are designed to promote as many areas of adolescence as possible: not only mind and body, but also self-confidence and social behavior.

GOALS was developed for this purpose, a unique program in Australia that aims to improve students’ personal, social and leadership skills. GOALS stands for “Gap Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Studies” and has a lot to do with group-specific coping with tasks and challenges outdoors and in nature. The film in the video section below gives a good impression.

Other programs of excellence (“Honours programs”) can be found in the academic sector with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), theatre, music, film & TV as well as in sports, especially volleyball.

For the large and dynamic music programme, consisting of ensembles, bands and choirs, a separate concert building with 700 seats, auditorium, practice and rehearsal rooms is available.

Outside the regular lessons you can get involved in “clubs” – e.g. chess, graphic design, climbing or mathematics.

The Gap State High School has been teaching international students for over 20 years who are fully integrated into the school community. The school sees the cultural diversity this creates as an advantage for the entire school community, as it promotes students’ understanding of other cultures.

The Gap State High School Logo


  • state
  • co-ed
  • Number of Students: 1,200
  • Internationals: ca. 10%
  • Year established: 1959




  • Specialist School for STEM *
  • Gap Outdoor Adventure und Leadership Studies

* Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

All information provided is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

These pictures were taken by our colleague Heike Andryk during her last school visit in October 2018.