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Year 7 to high school


South Australian year 7 public school students will be taught in high school from term 1, 2022.

Year 7 students are a part of high school in all other Australian states and territories and this move brings South Australia in line with other jurisdictions

There will be no change to year 7s in the public school system in 2019.

Many South Australian independent schools are already educating year 7s in a high school setting.  The Catholic system will be educating year 7s in high school from 2019.

Consideration will be given as to whether some public high schools begin accepting year 7 enrolments in 2020 or 2021. More information will be available on this as the project progresses. 

How the transition will work

We will work with each school to make sure that the transition is managed in a way that reflects their local community’s needs.

Every school will face its own complexities, and as the time for year 7s to move approaches, schools will be supported with individual school implementation plans.

The plans will cover workforce planning, facilities and resource management, and engagement with parents. For high schools, the plans will also involve approaches to learning and teaching, and for ensuring the wellbeing of year 7s.  

Staff, schools and families will be provided with regular project updates and there will be opportunities to provide input and feedback into the process.

Our commitment for transitioning year 7s to high school is to: 

  • ensure year 7s thrive in a high school setting, not just in terms of their education, but also their social and emotional wellbeing
  • ensure schools are involved in the process, and that implementation reflects local realities
  • provide appropriate support to teachers in transition.


Year 7s are thriving in high school environments across Australia. High school offers young teenagers opportunities for greater depth of learning in specialist settings.

Since 2012, South Australian schools have been teaching according to the Australian curriculum.

This curriculum has a focus on specialist courses for year 7 students and is designed to be taught in high school settings, with specialist teachers and resources such as fully equipped science labs.

The Australian curriculum also provides a grouped curriculum for year 7 and 8 in a number of subject areas. 

Bringing year 7 into a high school setting will make it easier to deliver these subjects and will align South Australia’s public schools with other states, as well as other education sectors in South Australia.


Year 7 to high school project team

Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au