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New CMPs formalised for Adelaide CBD schools

Friday, April 12, 2019

From the start of the 2020 school year, Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High School will operate from their revised shared zone with new capacity management plans now formalised for the two city high schools.

The zone was reduced earlier this year to accommodate the significant expected growth in the number of high school aged children in order to meet future enrolment demands on both government CBD high schools.

To be eligible for enrolment to Adelaide High School or Adelaide Botanic High School in 2020, the following will apply:

  •  the child must be living in the shared school zone
  •  the child has been offered a place to participate in the school’s special interest program/s
  •  the child is residing in the 2019 affected zone change areas and has a sibling at the school
  •  the child identifies as Aboriginal through the Enter for Success Program; or
  •  the child has significant extenuating circumstances, including children in care.

Parents living in the new shared zone will continue to be able to nominate their preferred city high school.

If demand exceeds places available, consideration will be applied to siblings at the school, distance from home, social/family links to the school and the curriculum options available.

Adelaide Botanic High School will continue to offer students living outside of the zone access to its specialist health and sciences program, while Adelaide High School will retain existing specialist programs in languages, cricket and rowing.

The arrangements for siblings of children who enrolled and live in a pre-2019 zone will remain in place until 2023. Applications for sibling claims for families living outside of the zone will not be accepted for either school.

Enrolment applications for prospective students for other year levels living in the school zone will be considered if or when vacancies exist.

Year 7 families starting high school in 2020 who were impacted by the zone change are receiving case management support through the department’s year 7-8 transition process.


Full details of the plan are set out in the Government Gazette.

Quotes attributable to Executive Director Infrastructure, Ross Treadwell

We need to ensure families who live in the shared zone are prioritised for enrolment at our CBD schools.

This plan will ensure Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High Schools can operate in a comfortable and manageable environment in years to come.

The specialist programs and selective entry pathways offered at the schools that we know are important to the community will still be an option for both in and out of zone families who meet the application criteria.

Capital Works funding will increase the enrolment capacity of Adelaide High School to cater for year 7s moving into high school from 2022.