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Adelaide Botanic High School

New CBD school - view from Frome Road

The new $100m Adelaide Botanic High School due to open from term 1, 2019 will provide 1250 students from inner-city suburbs with greater access to high quality secondary schooling.

The school’s core focus will be on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Students will use the latest scientific equipment, and have the chance to work with experts from the tertiary field to complete their SACE and plan future study and career pathways.

The school’s central location and connectivity to a large walking, cycling and public transport network will promote green, active travel for students and teachers.

Located adjacent to the Adelaide Park Lands, Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo, the school will be close to the universities, museum and state library, performing arts facilities, and green space, forming part of a broader educational and cultural precinct.

Construction of the new school has officially begun, with Lendlease Building Contractors Pty Ltd winning the major design and construction contract for this key infrastructure project.


View the latest image of the construction site.

The design

New CBD school - atrium

The design features the completely refurbished Reid building which will have 6 storeys plus a basement and open-planned plaza space at ground level. This building is linked by a glass atrium to a brand new 7 storey building plus basement with a rooftop terrace.

Key features of the design include:

  • State of the art science, design and technology laboratories which will underpin the school’s strong focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Students will have access to some of the latest equipment in engineering and investigative science, preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.
  • Food technology kitchens, to help uncover and support the next generation of young innovators who will promote South Australia’s outstanding food to the world.
  • Maker spaces for students to get creative through design technology, media studies and art.
  • Smart, environmentally friendly buildings which minimise energy and water use and support Adelaide’s vision of becoming a carbon neutral city.
  • Modern library and research centre.
  • Extensive external learning and recreation spaces for students in and around the parklands and on the building’s upper levels.
  • Indoor gymnasium.
  • Music and drama practice and learning spaces.
  • Cafeteria with outdoor terrace.
  • Secure basement bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.

Learning spaces have been designed to cater for a contemporary, multi-disciplinary approach to learning which mirrors what students can expect when they go on to tertiary study or the modern workplace.

The design of the new school emphasises environmental sustainability.

'Passive design' will harness the external climate to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Drought tolerant plants will be used to landscape the gardens and complement the park land setting.


The name Adelaide Botanic High School relates to the location of the school and links to the school's health and science specialisation.

The usual process is underway to confirm the new name of the school.

Zoning and enrolment

Adelaide Botanic High School will have a single shared zone (PDF 100KB) with Adelaide High School, allowing parents within the zone to nominate their preferred city high school.

Specific enrolment criteria are being developed for each school to manage demand and capacity with consideration to:

  • students with siblings currently at the school
  • distance from the school
  • older siblings who are no longer at the school
  • historical  links to the school (eg parent is an old scholar)
  • curriculum options only available at the preferred school (excluding special interest programs)
  • all other students within the zone.

International students will be placed after places have been secured for in-zone enrolments.

Adelaide Botanic High School will have specialist health and sciences programs, while Adelaide High School will retain existing specialist programs in languages, cricket and rowing. Places in these programs will be allocated to students through the usual specialist program application process, managed by each school.

From 2019 the zone for schooling in the Adelaide CBD will be expanded to include the suburbs of:

  • Bowden
  • Brompton
  • Hindmarsh
  • Hilton
  • Kurralta Park
  • Glandore
  • Black Forest
  • Nailsworth
  • Medindie
  • Medindie Gardens
  • Gilberton
  • Walkerville
  • Collinswood
  • eastern parts of:
    • Torrensville
    • Mile End
    • Richmond
    • Marleston
  • the sections of Clarence Park zoned to Black Forest Primary School.

View the city schooling zoning map (PDF 100KB)

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For more information and to register for updates contact: DECD.CBDSchooling@sa.gov.au 

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