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Enrolling in school

In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.

Who needs to enrol?

You need to apply to enrol your children in public school for 2017 if they are:

  • starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2017
  • starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30 June 2017
  • starting Year 7, the first year of secondary school
  • changing schools.

All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and attend every day – this is the law.  In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.

You can find out what year your children need to start school with our school-age calculator (below).

All children must attend school up until they are 16 years old. Sixteen and 17 year olds must be enrolled in school or a training organisation, be employed or be in a combination of school/training/employment.

Every child from Pre-primary to Year 12 is guaranteed a place at their local public school.

To enrol your child in public school for 2017, visit your local school as soon as possible.

School Age Calculator

Use our calculator below to determine when your child can start school.

Please enter your child's date of birth:

Your child can start Kindergarten in

February

2017

Your child will start Pre-primary in

February

2017

Your child will start Year 1 in

February

2017