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School zones

How school zoning works

In metropolitan Adelaide most high schools and a small number of primary schools have a school zone.

A school zone is a defined area surrounding a school from which the school accepts its core intake of students. School zoning is one way schools can manage enrolment pressure.

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.

Find your school zone

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

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 Department for Education-provided school bus service.

Applying 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.

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