Choosing a school

Enrolling in high school

Starting high school

The year 7 to year 8 school transition process is managed by the Department for Education and assists over 14,500 year 7 students transition from primary to high school.

The transition process commences at the end of term 1, and registrations close Friday 25 May 2018.

After this date, you will need to contact your local or preferred government secondary school directly to register your child for year 8 in 2019.

Current enrolment

Year 7 students attending a government primary school will receive a starting secondary (transition) pack from their school.

Year 7 students who are enrolled at a non-government school can get a transition pack from their local government secondary school or local education office or by emailing

The transition pack includes a Registration of Interest form and a starting secondary school brochure for families.

The brochure explains the year 7 to year 8 transition process and the different government school options.

To find your local (zoned) school you can use the school and preschool finder. Alternatively you can email

School zones

In South Australia all government metropolitan secondary schools and some country secondary schools are zoned.

A school zone is a designated area surrounding the school from which the school accepts its core intake of students.

The permanent residential address of the student determines their zoned school.

A small number of schools have a shared zone or shared areas, allowing parents and students within the zone to nominate a preferred zoned school.

Registering interest to attend an out-of-zone school

All government secondary schools aim to have enough year 8 places to accept students in their zoned area.

Depending on the availability of places, some schools may accept enrolment requests from students outside the zoned area.

You can register your interest to attend up to three out-of-zone schools on your ED176 registration of interest form.

Returning your application

Students attending a government primary school should return their completed Registration if Interest form and supporting documentation to their primary school by Friday, 25 May 2018.

Students attending a non-government school should return their completed Registration of Interest form, proof of residence and supporting documentation by Friday, 25 May 2018. The form and supporting documents should be returned to:

Year 7 to 8 transition
Operations directorate
Level 3, 31 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Proof of residence

You will need to provide proof of residence if your child is enrolled at a non-government school or you have updated your address on your Registration of Interest form.

If you own your home, proof documents must include:

  • a copy of the contract of sale for the property, or a recent council rates notice and a recent gas or electricity bill for that property.

If you rent your home, proof documents must include:

  • a rental agreement and a bond receipt lodged with Consumer and Business Services showing the current place of residence
  • a recent gas or electricity bill for that property.

The rental agreement should cover at least the first 12 months your child will be attending the school.

Allocation process

During the transition process, year 7 students are allocated to a secondary school, however this is not enrolment into the school. Final enrolment is subject to the consideration and acceptance by the secondary school once all applications have been reviewed.

Some South Australian government secondary schools are considered to be high pressure schools. This means there are more students wanting to attend than there are places available.

If you are not offered a place at any of your choice schools, you will be added to the ranked waiting list for the school and offered a place if one becomes available during the school year.

If there isn’t a place available at your choice of secondary school you will be offered a place at your zoned school.

Once your child has been allocated a place you will receive a student secondary school allocation pack from the enrolling school. Packs will be issued mid-August.

Requesting a review of placement offers

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your school allocation, you can request a review of the allocation process.

Information regarding the review process and timelines will be included in the allocation pack provided by the enrolling secondary school.

Alternatively, if you do not want your child to attend their allocated school, you can approach other secondary schools directly. If they have the capacity, the school may accept your request for enrolment.

Finalising enrolment

The allocation pack you receive will include an enrolment form, which needs to be completed and returned to the school along with:

  • proof of your child's identity and date of birth
  • any family law or other relevant court orders, if applicable
  • proof of the student’s residential address.

Your application for year 8 will only be finalised by the secondary school once they have received your child’s completed enrolment form and satisfactory proof of identity and residence.

For help filling out the enrolment form, please contact the enrolling secondary school.

Overseas and non-permanent residents

Students who are not permanent residents of Australia may enrol in a South Australian government secondary school, subject to the conditions determined by their visa sub-class.

Please visit the International Education Services website, or call 8226 3402 for more information.

Related information

On this site

Getting to school
School zones
Changing schools


General enquiries

Phone - 8226 1000
Free call - 1800 088 158
Email -

Contact your primary school or the high school your child is likely to attend about:

  • enrolment
  • parent participation
  • school card
  • school fees
  • school policies
  • school zones
  • student behaviour or student performance.

Year 7 to 8 transition process enquiries

Email -

Other websites

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