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#1 caitiri

Posted 30 March 2020 - 06:22 AM

So we need to choose a high school this week unfortunately we didn't get to tour any schools.

Does anyone know if we apply 1st pref to an out of zone school and get in, can we then change our minds and go to our zoned school?

#2 onetrick

Posted 30 March 2020 - 06:37 AM

Your zoned school has to take you at any stage (I work in a high school and deal with enrollments as a part of my job) in victoria.
The only thing that I would say is that if you come over last minute- like late term 3 or term 4?- your child gets put where there's room so they might not be able to have as much choice (for example at our school- one language choice was full but the other had room, or choosing to be with friends as that particular class might be full etc). If you are worried about this, you could always email someone at the school and ask when this stuff is likely to happen?
Good luck- I havent been in that position yet, but I dont imagine it's an easy decision.

#3 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 30 March 2020 - 06:40 AM

Your zoned school always has to take you.

When choosing only apply for one out of zone school and then zone.
It is a waste of time putting as a second preference another out of zone school as it will never be accepted.

EG school A is your zoned school but a third choice for you compared to B and C.

You are going to have to chose between two and three so your application goes
1 School B
2 School A (zone)

or 1 School C
2 school A (zone)

My DD teaches grade 6.

She said that many of her families end up at their zoned 3rd choice - and are very happy there BTW -as they insist on preferencing out of zone B which is wildly popular and no hope of getting in to, when if they had put their second out of zone option C as first preference they would have got in

#4 caitiri

Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:18 AM

Thanks For the quick responses, we have a very good chance of the out of zone school as they are only allowed to use proximity for out of zone students and we are very close.

I am hoping that year 7 next year they will be more flexible and understanding due to the sh*t this year,  bad year to transition

#5 JoanFontaine

Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:05 AM

What do you mean they are only allowed to use proximity? If you’re out of zone, you’re out of zone. Do you mean catchment perhaps? They are very different things in Vic.

#6 caitiri

Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:15 AM

I mean after they take zoned students they then take students from a wider circle they can only use distance as a condition they can’t base it on your academic results

#7 Mae55

Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:36 AM

Why do you have to choose this week. I work in 5/6 in a Vic government primary school and we haven’t given out info re: high school placement process yet. The forms are not due until May 15th. I’ve had not information about whether the dates will change - there will be many families who have not done tours or attended info nights yet.

#8 wallofdodo

Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:47 AM

Yes, I just double checked the info from my school, applications are not due back to mid May.

I only discovered late last year that our zones have changed and I am not zoned to the school I thought I was.

Due to reasons, we haven't toured that school, but my dealings with them, to date, have left me totally unimpressed.

So this leaves me with applying for 3 schools that I am out of zone for.

1 - the one we really want to go to, but have little chance of getting into, but given the climate who the frig knows.
2 - The school that is growing, and we would get into, and would be ok with that, also right near his Primary school so lots of friends
3 - school that we only started considering a few weeks ago (as they had good results last year) but haven't toured. Other parents having same thoughts as us.

So not sure about which order to put 2 and 3 in.

I am not putting my in zone school down at all. Funnily enough it would also be the hardest school for my son to get to. And I don't think a single sole from his primary school would go there.

#9 JoanFontaine

Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:59 AM

 caitiri, on 30 March 2020 - 10:15 AM, said:

I mean after they take zoned students they then take students from a wider circle they can only use distance as a condition they can’t base it on your academic results

you must mean catchment. Zoned schools do not take anyone out of zone. The current govt has put a stop to that completely.

#10 EPZ

Posted 30 March 2020 - 12:09 PM

Yes I thought so too. Noticed it was very strict last year! No one I know got accepted from zoned , out of area schools.

#11 caitiri

Posted 30 March 2020 - 12:13 PM

 JoanFontaine, on 30 March 2020 - 10:59 AM, said:



you must mean catchment. Zoned schools do not take anyone out of zone. The current govt has put a stop to that completely.

Ive always used these interchangably and theDep Ed site calls it designated neighborhood zone so ....

#12 caitiri

Posted 30 March 2020 - 12:15 PM

To those asking Our school asked us to post them back at the end of this week, having since read the forms I can see that the date is actually in may.  I’m not sure it will make a difference though deciding now or then

#13 wallofdodo

Posted 30 March 2020 - 01:16 PM

True that, don't think tours will start up soon.


Maybe you could post in here asking about the schools you want to know about, and try and get a gut feel




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