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About school zones and catchment areas

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A ‘school zone’ is a defined geographic boundary surrounding a school from which the school accepts its core intake of students.

A ‘catchment area’ is a geographic area surrounding an unzoned school that is closest by road, as per the find a school zone or catchment area tool, than any other unzoned school. 

The school gives priority enrolment to children who live inside that zone or catchment area.

Most high schools in metropolitan Adelaide are zoned, and a number of primary schools are zoned.

Some schools have a shared zone or shared areas, allowing students living in this zone to nominate a preferred local school.

View zones

The find a school zone or catchment area tool will tell you which school zone you live in and show a map of the school zone. If you live in an area that is not part of a school zone, it will show you the closest school by road (catchment area).

You can also view online maps of all school zones by enrolment year.

Enrolment, Capacity and Transition Unit

Phone: 8226 3932
Email: Education.PartnershipsSchoolsandPreschoolsDivision [at] sa.gov.au