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School

In South Australia, public primary schools have one intake date.

This means:

  • if your child turns 5 by 1 May, they can start primary school on the first day of term 1 that year
  • if your child turns 5 after 1 May, they can start primary school the first day of term 1 the following year.

Your child must be at school by their sixth birthday.  This is the compulsory school starting age.

Starting primary school

Government primary schools are often called public primary schools and they are all co-educational. Primary school covers the period from reception (the first year of schooling) to year 7.

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Starting high school

High school is also known as secondary schooling and covers years 8 to year 12. Students may choose to complete year 12 and gain their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or go on to other training options and employment.

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Additional schooling options

There are other education options for some children and their families.

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Financial help

Some families may be eligible for financial assistance with their child’s education.

The School Card scheme offers financial help to pay for:

  • school fees
  • uniforms
  • camps and excursions

See sa.gov.au for more information about: