International Statement & Overview

Located only ten minutes from both the city centre and the beach, Underdale High School is nestled in spacious grounds adjoining the prestigious river parklands providing a safe and attractive environment in which to live and study. Underdale is a modern comprehensive high school for year 8 – 12 students, providing a world class education for local and overseas students.

Our vision is to nurture resilient, optimistic and courageous individuals to lead our futures. We are committed to working with our students to provide and deliver a student-centred curriculum within a supportive learning environment, and to celebrate diversity.


School facilities and resources:

  • Music and Drama suites
  • Extensive Resource Centre with internet access and large collection of EALD resources
  • Industry standard Automotive Centre
  • 5 computer networked suites, netbooks, interactive whiteboards and data projectors
  • Modern gymnasium and weights room
  • Sporting facilities include: Large oval with 3 soccer pitches (and lighting), eight tennis courts and two basketball courts
  • Year 12 study room and Senior School Sub-School area

Strong focus areas:

  • Thinking Skills and Learning Methodologies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Automotive Studies
  • English as a an Additional Language or dialect (EALD)
  • International student programs and student cultural exchanges

Special interest programs:

  • Australian Curriculum for middle year students (Years 8 – 10)
  • Football (Soccer) Academy preparing students in Years 8 – 12 for the world scene
  • Gifted and Talented Education Program
  • Vocational Education & Training (VET) – programs including Automotive Technology, Information Technology, Tourism & Hospitality


  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD)
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Students may also study other languages organised by the school with the South Australian School of Languages

Student Support Services:

  • International student team (and Deputy Principal)
  • On-going EALD support and small group programs at all levels
  • 2 School Counsellors and Career Counsellor
  • Student Well-being Team and Sub-School Coordinators
  • Bilingual Support Officers
  • Student ‘buddy’ system
  • Mentors from the school to support students
  • Football (Soccer) Manager
  • Dedicated Pastoral Care Program – personal & social skills, career and transition planning, independent study habits and work ethic

Sporting activities:

  • Wide range of sports for boys and girls of all abilities
  • Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Athletics
  • After School Sporting Competitions
  • State Knockout competitions in a range of sports
  • Support of individual elite athletes

Co-curricular opportunities

  • Student voice and leadership opportunities
  • Academic and Problem-Solving Competitions
  • Debating & Public Speaking Groups, Chess and Science Clubs
  • Music Bands and the annual Drama Production (Drama, Music and Dance)
  • Adventure Skills and Outdoor Education
  • Community & Enterprise Opportunities (such as Service to our community)

International programs

  • High School Graduate Program
  • High School Study Abroad Program
  • Study Tours