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UPDATED REVIEW: Kelvin Grove State College

Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC) is a co-educational P-12 school in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. You can find the Kelvin Grove State College map position between Kelvin Grove Road and Herston Road. This parent fact sheet details the Kelvin Grove State College catchment, fees, uniform, enrolment process and other important need-to-know information for parents looking to enrol their child in the school.

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About Kelvin Grove State College

2002 saw the amalgamation of Kelvin Grove State High School and Kelvin Grove State Primary School to form a new Kelvin Grove state school offering high quality schooling for girls and boys from prep to year 12. The school itself is divided into Junior, Middle and Senior so that students at different stages on their learning journey are offered specialised resources, teachers and learning environments best suited to their needs.

The school has expectations of a strong work ethic, pride in, and recognition of, socially just practices including valuing social diversity and civic participation. Could this be the perfect school for your child?

Why choose Kelvin Grove State College?

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KGSC has a focus on excellence in all areas of education in a one-of-a-kind learning environment. The college offers your child a unique opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in a rich learning environment designed to appeal to a wide variety of learners. 

A unique feature of Kelvin Grove State College is that it offers a wide variety of ‘Schools of Excellence’. Students participating in these programs must pay for them (the rest of the schooling is free as per the state system). Schools of Excellence can vary depending on uptake, but at the time of writing they include:

  • Academic Achievers Excellence Program (Yrs 7-9)
  • Art and Design School of Excellence (Middle and Senior School)
  • English EXCELeration (Senior School)
  • Queensland Football School of Excellence
  • KG Dance Excellence (Yrs 3-9)
  • Music Excellence
  • Queensland Ballet Academy (Senior School)
  • Queensland Golf School of Excellence
  • Queensland Tennis School of Excellence (Yrs 4-12)
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Volleyball Excellence

Extra-curricular activities at Kelvin Grove State College

KGSC is in the enviable position of being able to offer students a very wide range of extra-curricular activities. They include:


Opportunities exist to participate in AFL, basketball, rugby union and swimming, as well additional sporting clubs, run club, weight training and athletics.

Committees and Clubs

The school hosts a variety of committees and clubs that meet during breaks, before or after school. Depending on your child’s interests, clubs are available in a variety of academic subjects, social, environmental and justice issues, and activities such as chess, robotics, drama, debating and poetry.

Kelvin Grove State School Facilities

The school is set on extensive grounds with distinctive areas for Junior, Middle and Secondary schools. Within the grounds there is an Indigenous Garden, Oval, Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Auditorium, Dance Studio, Indoor Sports Centre and Gymnasium. The school also offers:


KGSC offers Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) for students from Prep to Year 6 during term time and students from Prep to Year 8 during school holidays.


The Kelvin Grove State College Library is a hub for learning, collaborating and interacting. The large central area has a digispace and makerspace zone for students to socialise, create, build and play games (Scrabble, Chess, Uno) while the outside rooms provide quiet spaces and computers for learning and a Quiet Reading Room for those who love to read.


The tuckshop has separate menus for the junior and senior schools with an online ordering system.

Uniform shop

The uniform shop is open daily throughout the term.

Kelvin Grove State College catchment

If you want to know how do you get into Kelvin Grove State College, the catchment includes areas of Kelvin Grove and Herston for Prep to Year 6, and Kelvin Grove. Herston, Newmarket, Ashgrove, Red Hill, Paddington, Spring Hill and New Farm for Middle School and Senior School. See the Queensland Government catchment map to see if your address is within the Kelvin Grove State College catchment area for your year group.

Applying out of catchment

The school is enrolment managed so has limited availability for students residing outside the catchment area. However, with Kelvin Grove State College ranking in the top QLD state schools for OP/ATAR results, demand for places is high. KGSC does accept applications for students outside catchment under their Excellence programs. Students looking to join the school from year 7 and above can apply under the Academic Excellence, Cultural Excellence or Sporting Excellence programs (application fee applies).  

Kelvin Grove State College fees

As a state school, there are no fees to attend KGSC other than mandatory charges for resources, camps and excursions, and costs associated with extra-curricular activities. Fees also apply for outside catchment enrolment applications.

Kelvin Grove State College uniform

Junior School uniform

Students in Prep to Year 6 wear a uniform consisting of a green polo shirt over black shorts, wrap skirt or skorts. Black track pants and a red fleece jacket are available for cold days. Primary students wear a bucket hat and white KGSC ankle socks.

Middle and Senior School uniform

Boys in middle and senior years wear a choice of casual or formal grey shirt over grey shorts or trousers, with long grey socks and a tie. Girls in middle and senior years wear a white formal blouse over bottle green skirt or shorts, or grey trousers.

Unisex uniform

Both boys and girls wear a sports uniform consisting of a red and green polo shirt over green shorts. Senior students wear a bottle green blazer. A microfibre jacket and track pants are available for sports wear.

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Transport options to KGSC

As a result of its close proximity to the Brisbane CBD, there are a wide range of public transport options that service KGSC. Peak hour and traffic restrictions can play a part in making drop off and pick up problematic so, if you or your child will be driving, it’s best to familiarise yourself with the area and with the signed parking areas.

Find out more about KGSC

Address: L’Estrange Terrace, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

Phone: (07) 3552 7333

Email: principal@kelvingrovesc.eq.edu.au

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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