Performance and achievements


2019 Successes

Outstanding school results (includes ATAR bonus points)

  • 39.3% OP 1-2 equivalent; QTAC rank 99-97; IB eligible students
  • 51.8% OP 1-5 equivalent; QTAC rank 99-92; IB eligible students
  • 91.1% OP 1-10 equivalent; QTAC rank  99-80; IB eligible students

International Baccalaureate results

  • 35 QAHS mean IB Diploma score
  • 29 Global mean IB Diploma score
  • 4 x IB43 Scores
  • 3 x IB44 Top Scores

University outcomes and offers

Course credits achieved by our students:

  • 275 - Griffith University
  • 161 - The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • 184 - Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Outstanding student achievements

  • Outstanding results in the CSIRO CREST Research Awards, Australia's premier research awards in Science: 3 Gold, 11 Silver and 54 Bronze National Research Awards. Since the 1995 inception of the CREST program, more than a third of the National Gold Awards have been presented to QAHS students in the last ten years. A phenomenal achievement and recognition of how our students are challenging what is possible when students are supported to exceed their own expectations of themselves.
  • Excellent 2019 Extended Essays also resulted in two students announced as finalists in the 2019 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards to be held in Melbourne during February, 2020.
  • Year 10 students gained a Certificate II in Sample & Measurement and III in Laboratory Skills.
  • A Year 12 student was awarded full-fee Bond University Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for studies commencing in 2020. 

Queensland Academies were created by Education Queensland as an innovative, alternative educational program for highly capable high school students.  We are a selective State High School for Years 10-12.

International Baccalaureate

  • The Queensland Academies offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme which is an internationally recognised pre-university level qualification. It allows graduating students to study at Australian tertiary institutes as well as overseas universities.


  • QAHS was the winning school in the Gold Coast Science Competition Senior School division for the twelfth year running.
  • Student results included: 4 x 1st Place, 3 x 2nd Place, 4 x 3rd Place and 5 x Highly Commended.
  • A number of students were judged award winners across a range of categories for their scientific and mathematical investigations work in the Science Teachers' Association Queensland (STAQ) Science Competition with one student awarded 1st Place in one category. Students also awarded two 2nd Place awards, one 3rd Place award, one Australian Society for Biochemistry bursary and a Birdlife bursary.
  • Six students and two teachers represented both QAHS and Australia at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Forum for Science Talented where students won numerous leadership, participation, teamwork, performance and progressive awards.
  • All Chemistry students took the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Chemistry Quiz resulting in 1 High Distinction Excellence, 27 High Distinctions, 55 Distinctions and 52 Credits.
  • A number of students participated in the ASCI Big Science Competition which resulted in 3 High Distinctions, 8 Distinctions and 33 Credits.
  • 76 Year 10 students participated in the Australian High Schools Cancer Competition (AHSCC) with two students placing 3rd and 4th in the competition and participated in a one-week internship at the prestigious Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.
  • Year 11 students participated in the REACH Science Exams receiving 2 Exemplary, 20 Outstanding and 44 Commendable awards.
  • QAHS teams placed 1st and 3rd overall in the annual Griffith Science Trivia Challenge.
  • QAHS placed 1st in the inaugural University of Queensland, Public Health Hackathon.
  • Four students were accepted into the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and attended the annual NYSF camp.
  • A number of medals were won by students involved in Science Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. One student has been accepted into National level Biology and Chemistry Olympiads.
  • One student was accepted into the one-week CSIRO Innovator to Market Bootcamp.


  • Griffith University Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) French ab initio/B results for QAHS:  3 x 1st Place, 1 x 2nd Place, 1 x 3rd Place and 1 Highly Commended.
  • Students participated in the Griffith University Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Chinese Speaking Competition with students awarded 3 x 1st Place and 3 x 2nd Place.
  • Students participated in the Queensland University of Technology Mandarin Speaking Competition with 2 x 1st Place, 1 x 3rd Place and 1 Merit Award.
  • One student was selected to participate in the 2019 STEM Taiwan Student Exchange Program and three students were selected as Queensland-Switzerland Student Exchange Ambassadors.
  • A student was the scholarship recipient of the 2019 Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp.


  • One student was awarded the ICAS English Competition Medal for performing in the top 1% in Australia out of 980 000 participants.
  • All students sat the ICAS English Test with results including 2 High Distinctions, 24 Distinctions, 94 Credits and 24 Merit Awards.
  • All students sat the Australian Mathematics Competition with 91% of students obtaining a proficiency level or better with 53 students obtaining a High Distinction or Distinction.
  • Three students participated in the BEAQ Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition with one student awarded 1st Place in the Individual Category and two students awarded 2nd Place in the Group Category.
  • QAHS was awarded 1st Place in the Gold Coast Debating Association Competition Intermediate B final and the Intermediate A team were awarded Runners Up in the Final. The night also saw two debaters win "best speaker" of their debates. 
  • A group of students stepped up to the challenge of preparing for and competing in the AB Paterson Public Speaking Competition with two Year 11 students awarded 1st and 2nd Place in the competition.
  • Three Year 12 students participated in the Bond University Year 12 Business Extension Program receiving 1 High Distinction and 2 Credits.
  • Twelve students participated in the Bond University High School Model United Nations (BUHMUN) and were awarded the 'Outstanding School Award' for embracing the spirit and values of the United Nations.
  • Three Year 11 students successfully competed against schools across Australia, Sri Lanka and China to take home the title of 2019 BlueShift Champions a business case competition for high school students hosted by the QUT Business School.


  • A number of students were successful in AMEB, eisteddfods, auditions and other performance events.
  • Various students performed in AMEB exams, and local eisteddfods with numerous 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places and other commendations.
  • A student competed against 51 soloists to be awarded the winner of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2019 Young Instrumentalist Prize.
  • Four students attended the AMEB Graduation Ceremony in March and received certificates for receiving either AMusA or LMusA, the highest grades possible in AMEB.


  • A number of students were selected for regional and state sporting teams achieving medals at state level in cross country, athletics, volleyball, soccer and AFL.

Creativity, activity, service (IB CAS)

  • Students were engaged in a broad range of rich co-curricular programs including: The Kokoda Challenge, Gym and GRIT Fitness Sessions with QAHS Fitness Coordinators, QUT Future Leaders, Dragon Dancing, Interact, Model United Nations, Mooting, Duke of Edinburgh, United Nations Youth Forum, Gold Coast Junior Council, Homeless Connect, Volunteering at Ashmore PCYC and Dance Troupe performances at HOTA.
Last reviewed 19 February 2020
Last updated 19 February 2020