Written by Stefan Kostarelis
Commencing 2019, the zone for schooling in the Adelaide CBD will be expanded to include 18 additional suburbs.
This could be big news for properties within the expanded catchment, as the state government presses forward with the construction of Adelaide Botanic High School.
The new school will have a single shared zone with Adelaide High School, allowing parents within the zone to nominate their preferred city high school.
“If you live in the zone you get to go to your local school, it’s just which of the two schools,” said Education Minister Susan Close.”We don’t have shared zones otherwise in South Australia, so it’s a new thing to do.”
To manage demand, other considerations, such as distance and familial links to the school will come into play. The additional suburbs are as follows:
- Kurralta Park
- Black Forest
- Medindie Gardens
- eastern parts of:
- Mile End
- the sections of Clarence Park zoned to Black Forest Primary School.
The state-of-art school has a price tag of $100 million and will cater to 1250 students. It is due to open from the first term of 2019.
Located on Frome Road, it will be the state’s first vertical school and will include seven floors after the refurbishment of Uni SA’s Reid Building.
According to the Department for Education and Child Development, the school’s core focus will be on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The school will be equipped with the latest scientific equipment and attract expert teachers from STEM disciplines.
Other facilities will include food technology kitchens, “maker spacers” for students to explore creativity, an indoor gymnasium, recreation spaces, and a secure basement with parking for 170 bicycles.
SA Premier Jay Weatherill said “Our state’s new school will also be part of Adelaide’s vibrant city precinct, with close proximity to the Park Lands, Universities, the Botanic Gardens and the Zoo, among other key Adelaide attractions along North Terrace.”
Meanwhile, Adelaide High School will retain specialist programs in languages, cricket and rowing.
Construction of Adelaide Botanic High School began in December last year and is being carried out by Lendlease Building Contractors Ptd Ltd. Lendlease has already completed major infrastructure works in SA, including the Adelaide Oval and the Stage 1 of the Adelaide Convention Centre’s redevelopment.
School zoning prices can have a large effect on housing prices.
Last year, social researcher Mark McCrindle, from McCrindle Research, told Realestate.com.au that cost of private education has led to parents targeting certain areas in order to have access to top-performing public high schools.
In the same article, Senior Buyers Advocate from National Property Buyers Rob Di Vita said that houses within a school catchment zone can be between $50,000 – $100,000 more expensive than surrounding areas.
It sounds like a lot of money, but there is data to back up their claims.
According to Domain’s 2016 School Zone Report, catchment zone prices performed well compared to the city’s overall growth rate.
Topping the primary and high school lists were Salisbury Heights Primary and Heathfield High, which showed 16.3% and 10% year-on-year growth respectively.
Rounding out the top five high school zones were Balaklava High (7.6%), Henley High (7.3%), Charles Campbell College (7.2%) and Norwood Morialta High (7.0%).
View the full zoning map here.