primary school years and ages
You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2021 if they are:
In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.
- Preschool (or kindergarten): preschool is not compulsory in South Australia but it’s recommended to help your child develop skills in preparation for school. Many government and non-government schools offer preschool programs as well as primary and secondary education.
- Primary school and secondary school (or high school): children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. In their final 2 years, students complete the South Australia Certificate of Education (SACE).
You can choose to send your child to a government (or public), independent or Catholic school or preschool. See starting school for more information.
- Tertiary education: South Australia has a number of universities, TAFE, and training institutions that offer a diverse range of career skills and qualifications.
The education system in South Australia consists of 3 stages: