Registration for Centre for Excellence and Students of High Performance programs close on Monday 9 September. Registration for the Centre for Skills and Training program closes on Friday 20 September.

Darwin High School is a senior secondary college catering for students in Years 10 to 12. Our students consistently achieve levels of excellence across all learning areas and in the many co-curricular activities in which they are involved. Almost all of our students complete Year 12, and the majority of these students continue on to university, other tertiary study or employment in their chosen field.

Enrolling at Darwin High School

Darwin High School is a high demand school and the number of students who wish to enrol and attend often exceeds the physical capacity of the school. To manage this demand and ensure a fair and equitable enrolment process for families and students, there are two main categories of enrolment.

Priority Enrolment Area

Students that reside within our Priority Enrolment Area are given priority for access to enrolment places at Darwin High School, this is in accordance with the Department of Education priority enrolment area.

The Priority Enrolment Area for Darwin High School includes:

  • Bayview
  • Berrimah
  • Coconut Grove
  • Coonawarra
  • Cullen Bay
  • Darwin City
  • Fannie Bay
  • Larrakeyah
  • Ludmilla
  • Millner
  • Nightcliff
  • Parap
  • Rapid Creek
  • Stuart Park
  • The Gardens
  • The Narrows
  • Winnellie
  • Woolner

Where there is capacity for additional enrolments, students from the two middle schools that feed into Darwin High School - Darwin Middle School and Nightcliff Middle School - are also given priority for enrolment places at Darwin High.

All other students

There are limited places available for students who live outside Darwin High School's Priority Enrolment Area and do not attend Darwin Middle School or Nightcliff Middle School and these students must apply for entry. Consideration is given to those students who either:

  • have a sibling currently enrolled at Darwin High School,
  • have been accepted into a Centre for Excellence program,
  • wish to access specialist programs that are not available at their local high school (eg language programs - Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish Modern Greek ) and/or
  • can demonstrate other special circumstances.

Families with students in this category should contact us on 8999 1222 in the first instance to discuss enrolment options.

Enrolment enquiry

We're always happy to discuss your enrolment enquiries and show you around our school grounds. Send your enrolment enquiry today.

How to enrol at Darwin High School

Enrolling at Darwin High is easy:

For students who are currently enrolled at Darwin Middle School or Nightcliff Middle School:

  1. Darwin High School will contact your school in Term 2 to distribute enrolment packs the following year.
  2. Students will be given enrolment forms to return with other paperwork. Parents are also able to download an enrolment form online.
  3. Students will be provided with a username and password to access 'Web Preferences' to pick their subjects.
  4. Completed Enrolment Forms need to be returned to Darwin High School before the end of Term 2. Forms for students who live outside of our priority enrolment areas received after Friday 21 June are not guaranteed enrolment for 2025.

Appealing an enrolment decision

We are committed to ensuring a fair and equitable enrolment process for families and students. Unsuccessful applicants for enrolment may appeal our decision and request a review. This can be done via:

Priority enrolments

For students who live in Darwin High School's Priority Enrolment Area and do not attend Darwin Middle School or Nightcliff Middle School families should contact us on 8999 1222 to arrange an appointment. Please advise if your child has previously been enrolled in an NT Government school when making the appointment.

Before the interview the student should provide the following;

  • a completed Enrolment Form
  • proof of residential address (eg recent Power Water invoice)
  • proof of identity eg birth certificate or passport
  • recent school report from previous school.

At interview students may wish to bring a student portfolio which could include, examples of their work, certificates of achievement/merit, and references etc. This will help us identify the most appropriate subjects for your enrolment.

International Students

International student enrolment is handled through the Department of Education. Families of students from overseas are asked to contact the International Service branch:

Learn more about the opportunities for international students at Darwin High School.

Secondary Intensive English Unit

The Darwin High School Secondary Intensive English Unit (SIEU) is for senior secondary students (aged 15 to 17.5 years of age) who have recently arrived in Australia and are from English as a Second Language backgrounds or who come from communities where Standard Australian English is not widely used. 

Learn more about the opportunities for students learning English at Darwin High School.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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