From 2022, year 7 will be part of high school for public school students in SA. This means:
The move will bring us in line with the rest of the country and our year 7 students will gain access to specialist classrooms, such as science laboratories.
It’s a big change, so we’re doing everything we can to help students prepare.
There are many ways you can support your child for when they start year 7 in high school.
Information to support your child when they start high school
From investing in new learning spaces to scheduling orientation activities, planning is well underway to make sure the move of year 7 to high school goes smoothly.
We are drawing evidence-based learning from a pilot program to plan for student wellbeing, communication with families, and more.
Our plans and preparations for moving year 7 to high school
Research-based evidence shows that year 7s are ready for high school.
The year 7 curriculum includes specialist courses, designed to be taught in high schools. We’re also setting up academic and wellbeing supports, including for students with a disability.
How year 7s will benefit from moving to high school
We understand regional communities have some different needs and unique country challenges. For example, some students are moving from very small primary schools to quite big high schools.
We’re working with country schools to make sure they have the right support.
Support for country families and schools
Moving from primary school to high school is a big change. Finding out about what high school is like can make the change less daunting.
Find answers to common student questions about the start of high school, and hear from year 7 students already in high school.
Information for students starting high school in year 7
Schools can review the key findings of our year 7 to high school pilot program. The pilot was important in helping us support schools to prepare for the change.
There are also professional learning opportunities for all school staff to help support the move.
Information for schools on preparing for year 7 to high school.
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Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au
Page last updated: 23 Apr 2021