Finding a school
NSW public schools have defined local enrolment areas. This means that your child is entitled to enrol in a particular school based on his or her residential address. Every public school reserves enough places within their school for students in their local enrolment area.
Parents may however apply to enrol their child at a school outside their enrolment area. Non-local applications may be considered by the school's enrolment panel, according to the department's policy and subject to selection criteria such as availability of appropriate staff and classroom accommodation. Contact the school to find out more about their out-of-area selection criteria.
Find out the age at which your child is eligible to enrol in a NSW government preschool, when to enrol and how to go about making an application.
What is the best age for your child to start school? When is the ideal time in the school year to start? Find out answers to these questions and details of what you will need for your appointment when applying to enrol your child in Kindergarten, or when changing primary schools.
When changing schools you will need to complete an expression of interest form while in Year 6, for placement in Year 7. Also find out how to make an application to enrol if your child is changing schools and wishing to enrol in Years 8-12.
The department provides full-time distance education for students from preschool to Year 12 whose geographic isolation or other circumstance prevents them from attending a regular school. Students can be enrolled in a single course, or on a whole-of-curriculum basis.
Find out about learning by distance education, home schooling versus distance education, and how to enrol.