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Changes to high school zoning in 2020

Adelaide Botanic High School and Adelaide High School

From 2020 there will be a reduction in the size of the Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High School shared zone to help sustainably manage enrolments into the future.

Demographic studies commissioned by the Department for Education shows significant growth in the number of high school aged children in the state.

Coupled with the move of year 7 into high school, it means that without a change to the existing zone, Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High School will experience unsustainable enrolment pressure.

From 2020, several suburbs in the Adelaide Botanic High School/Adelaide High School shared zone will revert back to their pre 2019 zones. They include:

  • Glandore
  • Hilton
  • Kurralta Park
  • Marleston 
  • Mile End (west of South Road)
  • Richmond 
  • Torrensville 
  • Black Forest
  • Clarence Park.

You can view the map of zoning changes (PDF 868KB).

The zone change will only apply to new enrolments for 2020. Students currently enrolled at a CBD high school in 2019 can continue to attend, irrespective of where they live. Siblings of students enrolled in year 8 in 2019 and who continue to live in the affected areas will also be considered for enrolment at a CBD high school up to and including 2023.

Underdale High School, Plympton International College and Springbank Secondary College

The reduction in the Adelaide Botanic High School/Adelaide High School shared zone means the following school zones will increase in size:

  • Underdale High School
  • Plympton International College
  • Springbank Secondary College.

Families and students can use our school finder tool to find the school zone that applies to them, or email education.CBDSchooling [at] sa.gov.au.

Public school enrolment projections

Demand for public school places is growing. Our projections show high schools enrolments will grow from around 60,000 in 2019 to almost 80,000 in 2022. 

In order to accommodate the almost 20,000 additional public high school students, we are investing $185 million in a building program at 35 high growth schools and helping metropolitan high schools to set enrolment ceilings. 

These steps will ensure school places are available for in-zone families and that the system can continue to provide valued special entry programs, including international programs.  

You can see the department’s public school enrolment projections (PDF 516KB).

For a list of high growth schools and information on how they will grow by 2022 see the high growth schools fact sheet (PDF 575KB)

Adelaide CBD school zone enrolment projections

The joint CBD school zone, for Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High School, has been amended from 2020.

The decision was based on projected growth in enrolments which demonstrated that the 2019 school zone was unsustainable. 

Without the necessary zone change the CBD schools would exceed capacity from 2020 onwards, with Adelaide High School climbing to be around 650 students over capacity by 2025. 

To understand how the schools would have grown beyond capacity see the CBD school zone projections (PDF 442KB).

To view the presentation explaining changes to the CBD zone see the zone change data and method presentation (PDF 1MB)