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School zones and catchment areas

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 or preschool 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.

The find a school or preschool tool will tell you which school zone you live in. 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).