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Special Entry Programs

Each year, Adelaide High School offers entry to a select number of students through our Special Entry Programs.

There are three Special Entry Programs on offer at Adelaide High School that students commence in Year 8 (Year 7 from 2022 onwards). The Special Entry Language program accepts 60 students and the Rowing and Cricket Programs each accept 15 students. The School also has a Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing to support students with hearing loss through their schooling journey.

Each program requires a separate application process after which a selection of students is shortlisted for an interview. The Department for Education oversees final approval of the students selected in these programs.

Applications for Special Entry Programs in 2023 are now open until April 4th, 2022. Click here to apply.

Adelaide High School is South Australia’s only Special Interest Language School.

Language learning underpins effective intercultural communication and enables deep and authentic global citizenship. Adelaide High School has a vibrant language learning culture that provides students with the opportunity to develop world class communications skills and engage authentically with the wider global community where multilingualism is the norm.

Students applying for Special Language Entry are selected on the basis of:

  • An online application that requires students and parents to respond to a set of questions giving the opportunity to explain reasons for wishing to join the Special Interest Language program.
  • Submission of school reports and other relevant information to support the application. This should be done at the time of submitting the application.
  • An interview at Adelaide High School.
  • A commitment to study two languages other than English until year 10 and at least one language until the end of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12).

Adelaide High School offers the following languages:

  • Auslan
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish

Applications for 2023 entry close on Monday April 4th, 2022.

The Adelaide High School Cricket Program provides the opportunity for talented cricketers from outside the school zone to enrol at the School. Students will be selected based on:

  • An online written application by the student
  • Current school report
  • Reference from a cricket coach
  • Practical skills assessment and video/vision of students playing

Shortlisted students will be offered an interview and successful students commit themselves to the Cricket Program during the period of their enrolment at Adelaide High School.

Their involvement in cricket takes precedence over their involvement in other sports; however they are actively encouraged to participate in a different winter sport.

The Cricket Program is also available to all students who are enrolled at Adelaide High School and who have a passion for cricket.

Note: additional fees apply to students enrolled in the Cricket Program.

Applications for 2023 entry close on Monday April 4th, 2022.

As one of only three public high schools in South Australia competing in rowing, students have the opportunity to participate in a truly unique sport.

Adelaide High School has a proud rowing tradition, which started in 1911. In 1922, St Peter’s College challenged Adelaide High School to a race in eights on the River Torrens. The race was won by Adelaide High School, and so began the annual Head of the River Regatta, which has grown into SA’s largest championship regatta.

Students from Years 8 -12 actively train and represent Adelaide High School in regattas, culminating in the Head of the River.

The Adelaide High School Rowing Club incorporates a talent identification selection process whereby students from outside the school zone can apply to enrol at the School. Students will be selected based on:

  • An online written application by the student
  • Current school report
  • A practical skills assessment

Shortlisted students will be offered an interview and successful students commit themselves to the Rowing Program during the period of their enrolment at Adelaide High School. Their involvement in rowing takes precedence over their involvement in other sports; however, they are actively encouraged to participate in a different winter sport.

The Rowing Program is also available to all students enrolled at Adelaide High School. An Introduction to Rowing Program, which forms part of the Year 8 Transition Program, gives all Year 8 students the opportunity to try rowing with their Mentor Group at the beginning of the school year. Interested students can then join the Rowing Program.

Applications for 2023 entry close on Monday April 4th, 2022.

For further information, please read our Rowing Brochure (link to brochure in documents).

Students with moderate or greater bilateral hearing loss verified by audiologists can enrol in the Centre. Applications from students are reviewed and considered by a Sensory Panel in the Department for Education. Further information about the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing can be found here.

For more information about enrolment please contact AHS.Office21@schools.sa.edu.au