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Craigslea State High School first opened its doors to students in 1975. It was the first Queensland secondary school with lowset buildings. Unlike traditional high school designs, the high percentage of space taken up by verandahs, and staircases has been reduced to some 5% of the total floor area of the Craigslea complex. The official opening of the school occurred in 2000 by the then Minister for Education, the Honourable Dean Wells.

Craigslea State High School is situated in the northern suburb of West Chermside. The main entrance accesses Hamilton Road while Maundrell Terrace and Toomey Street provide alternative access to the grounds. The high school adjoins Craigslea State School. Some facilities are shared with the primary school and hence the transition to secondary education for these young people is a natural one.

Our Motto

"Striving for Excellence"


At all times our students are encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best in all endeavours.

Our School Emblem


The school emblem was designed by one of the original staff members of the school. The building reflects the outline of the school library. It symbolises a place of belonging where knowledge is acquired and where students feel safe to develop into the fine citizens of tomorrow.

The letter "C" stands for Craigslea, a family or community to which we are all proud to belong. The "C" is a constant reminder of the key values of consideration, co-operation and courtesy which we exhibit each day in our daily interactions with each other.