School Zone Map
YEAR 7 – 2014
Thank you for taking the time to investigate Balwyn High School as a secondary school
option for your son/daughter entering Year 7 in 2014.
Balwyn High School can offer your son/daughter a broad curriculum, a renowned music
program, leadership opportunities and access to a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Our school has excellent facilities including new home rooms for Year 7 classes,
a 340 seat theatre, a modern science wing and canteen facilities, state of the art
ICT network and computer facilities, a laptop program for Year 7 students, a Performing
Arts precinct and an Open Learning facility.
Although Balwyn High School is a zoned school, every effort is made to accommodate
all requests for enrolments. The demand for Year 7 places can vary from year to
year and the following enrolment criteria are applied when determining Year 7 placements:
- Students who are permanent residents within the designated neighbourhood area as
defined in the school's designated neighbourhood area map.
- Successful applicants to the Accelerated Learning Program.
- Out of zone siblings.
- Out of zone applications based on curriculum grounds such as a music placement.
Applications for a music placement occur in late May.
You are warmly invited to attend the school’s 2014 Year 7, Discovery Night which
will be held on Thursday 2 May, 2013. See homepage for more details.
Your son/daughter’s primary school will organise the 2014 Year 7 secondary school
application process. If you would like your son/daughter to attend Balwyn High School
in 2014, you will need to select it as your first choice. If you are an out of zone
application, please remember that while every effort is made to accommodate all
enrolment requests, careful thought should be given to your remaining choices.
YEARS 8 – 12
The school has experienced exceptional, unabated and unprecedented growth in its
school population over the past five years. The increase in numbers has been particularly
exacerbated by the number of families moving into the designated school zone as
well as the increase in the number of multi-dwelling properties in the school zone.
As Balwyn High School is a zoned school, permanent residency in the school’s zone
As outlined above, the demand for places far exceeds the positions available in
each year level. The school endeavours to maintain the integrity of the school zone
as a means of maintaining a productive learning environment for staff and students
alike. Due to accommodation constraints and taking into consideration health and
safety issues for both students and staff, it may be necessary for the school to
assist you in enrolling your child in another government school.
To ensure the correct decision is made in relation to your son/daughter’s education,
carefully note the following:
- The school (i.e. the Registrar) should be contacted before accommodation arrangements
in the designated school zone are finalised. This is essential as places may not
be available in preferred courses.
- Balwyn High School is a zoned school and therefore requires families and students
to be permanent residents in the school zone. Requirements of permanent residency
in the zone involves:
- The purchase and occupation of a property in the zone; or
- A long term lease and occupation of a property in the zone
The expectation of this eligibility requirement is that the family will remain permanent
residents within the zone for the duration of their child’s education at Balwyn
High School. Balwyn High School cannot guarantee a child’s continuing enrolment
if their residential status changes during that time. From July 2004, it has been
a requirement for new enrolments to sign a residency declaration stating the family’s
intention to remain a permanent resident in our designated school zone as long as
their child is enrolled at Balwyn High School.
The School is constantly liaising with the Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development regarding the acute accommodation problems it is currently facing as
well as investigating the possible provision of places into other government schools
for new students to the Balwyn High School neighbourhood zone as a means of alleviating
the current accommodation crisis.
The requirement of permanent residency in the zone will be actively monitored and
enforced. As such, where a family whose child is High School moves out of the zone,
the School requires that, at the end of the school year, the parent/guardian enrol
their child in the neighbourhood school closest to their new residential address
or any other school of where places are available. Demonstrate their permanent residency.
- Property and lease name must be under parent’s name. A commercial lease, i.e. a
lease completed through a real estate agent, is required. A private rental agreement,
i.e. between landlord and tenant, is not acceptable. Please be aware that the requirement
for eligibility is permanent residency within the zone. The intention of the neighbourhood
area policy is for residency to continue for the duration of the child’s enrolment
at the school. Residency must be taken up and authenticated by a member of the Principal
Team or representative before the enrolment procedure can commence.
- Proof of permanent residency within the school's designated neighbourhood area
will be required for all applications seeking a place on residential grounds`. It
is the responsibility of the family to provide satisfactory evidence to the school
- All applicants must provide a certified copy of birth certificate and a copy of
the most recent school report. Applicants born in an overseas country must provide
a certified copy of passport and visa. ons for VCE courses can only be considered
after all currently enrolled students have confirmed their courses in December.
Living in the zone or completing a successful enrolment application does not guarantee
VCE subject choices. Over the past two years, many VCE subjects have been filled
by students currently enrolled at Balwyn High School and have therefore not been
available to new enrolments. This possible limitation of subjects being available
for selection must be taken into account when considering enrolment and it is recommended
that other educational alternatives are investigated. Elective choices may be limited
for Years 8 – 10.
- An enrolling student will live with his/her parents. Staying with a relative or
friend does not qualify you as “a resident". Guardianship is not a criterion
for enrolment unless supported by the relevant papers endorsed by the Family Court
- Students who intend enrolling in an English Language Centre prior to enrolling at
Balwyn High School must contact the registrar before any accommodation arrangements
in the school’s zone are finalized.
- Applications for transfer from nearby schools on residential grounds may not be
- Siblings of currently enrolled out of zone students cannot be guaranteed a place