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Ask RiotACT: Advice on High Schools in Canberra

By Annabel Fagence - 24 July 2017 6

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Hi All.

My family is moving to Canberra in 2018 and I am seeking information/recommendations on the best government high schools. We are considering Campbell and Alfred Deakin.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, plus any other recommendations.  

Thank you.

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6 Responses to
Ask RiotACT: Advice on High Schools in Canberra
Suzanne Kiraly 11:17 am 26 Jul 17

You might want to keep an eye on our “Celebrating Canberra Schools” series weekly, which we just commenced today. I will be delving into many different schools each week, unearthing their unique features, cultures, and communities.

bryansworld 4:58 am 26 Jul 17

Lucy Baker said :

ABC 666 ran an item last week about fraud in the Deakin catchment, with wealthy parents faking residency through various means. The schools apparently aren’t investigating those families and are just letting it happen.

These neurotic, deceitful parents are appalling. What happened to sending your kids to the local school?

emd 11:16 am 25 Jul 17

It’s worth also checking what special programs your kids might want access to at each school before deciding where to live. For example, the languages offered at each high school are different, and not all high schools have a gifted & talented or a specialist learning support unit. Both those high schools are equally good, so whatever you can get into based on where you end up living will be fine, unless you want a special program or particular language etc.

Lucy Baker 7:52 pm 24 Jul 17

ABC 666 ran an item last week about fraud in the Deakin catchment, with wealthy parents faking residency through various means. The schools apparently aren’t investigating those families and are just letting it happen.

spades 2:26 pm 24 Jul 17

Spiral said :

I’m assuming you don’t currently have kids in that school, so unless you move into one of the few suburbs that are listed as in area for Deakin, then forget it.

The author has not yet moved to Canberra, so presumably she is asking us so she can move in a suburb that’s part of her kids’ future school catchment.

Spiral 1:17 pm 24 Jul 17

In Canberra there is a priority sequence for getting into public schools. In order (iirc) of:
1) The family lives In Area
2) The family already has a child attending the school
3) Others

Deakin is currently a very sought after school and is apparently struggling to find spaces for categories One and Two.

I’m assuming you don’t currently have kids in that school, so unless you move into one of the few suburbs that are listed as in area for Deakin, then forget it.

I don’t know how popular Campbell is.

The ACT Education Department (whatever it is called) will be very happy to help you. Give them a call.

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