School zones

In metropolitan Adelaide most high schools have a school zone. In South Australia a small number of primary schools that have experienced enrolment pressure also have a school zone.

How school zoning works

A school zone is a defined area surrounding a school from which the school accepts its core intake of students. A school zone is one tool a school can use to assist manage enrolments.

Acceptance into a particular school is subject to the school’s capacity, and the principal of the school will be able to advise you if they have available places.

Apply for out-of-zone schools

Students may register their interest in attending any school. Acceptance to a zoned school will depend on whether there are places available at the school. If places are available, selection for entry to the school will be based on:

  • distance from your home to the school
  • curriculum that cannot be offered at your zoned school
  • social and family links
  • transport and location convenience
  • compelling or unusual reasons.

What school zone do I live in?

Find out if the schools in your area are zoned using the:

Families residing in the greater metropolitan area may be located in an 'unzoned' area. Students who live in 'unzoned' areas will be allocated to their closest school. Where the student lives more than 5 kilometres from the nearest school and lives in an ‘unzoned’ area, the allocated school is the school serviced by a DECD-provided school bus service.

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