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Secondary School Structure

Secondary School Structure

How are secondary schools structured in each state?

How are secondary schools structured in South Australia?

In South Australia, learners begin their secondary education in Year 8 (average age 13 years) and can continue until Year 12 (average age 17 years).

Schools that cater for learners in the secondary years (Years 8-12) include:

  • Reception to Year 12 schools: these schools offer curriculum programs for early, primary, middle and senior years.
  • Secondary schools: these schools offer curriculum programs for Years 8-12.
  • 6-12 schools: these schools offer programs for middle Years (Years 6-9) and senior Years (Years 10-12).
  • Senior secondary schools: these schools offer programs for Years 11 and 12 only.

The South Australian Certificate of Education is available to learners who complete the specified requirements at the completion of Year 12. The SACE Board of South Australia issues this certificate.

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