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    Default Not in school catchment area; advice pls

    Although high school is a number of yrs off for DS1, I'm stressing out about where to send him. Already!!
    I've even thought about using a close family friends address to get him into my first choice (I don't like our "designated high school)
    If this is a hideously bad idea, can you please talk me out of it!!
    I just don't think I could line up at the start of the new school year & not know until that moment that he will actually be able to go there.
    Any thoughts and opinions would be much appreciated!!


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    I rang the dept of ed for the district and ask them if I could send my child to my first choice school even though I was out of district, they said yes. Granted that was a week before school went back after summer holidays.

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    Contact the department of education, the nearest school as the crow flies has to take you, if they can't for a very good reason then the next closest has too.

    We aren't zoned for any schools and this is what happened to us and we got into the closest one.

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    Hi, I'm here to talk you out of using your friend's address. This would be deeply fraudulent (given that you will most likely have to provide lease details/ bills/ mail addressed to that address). I know how you feel, I am going to be potentially in the same situation, but we must go about it the right way

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    Hi, I'm here to talk you out of using your friend's address. This would be deeply fraudulent (given that you will most likely have to provide lease details/ bills/ mail addressed to that address). I know how you feel, I am going to be potentially in the same situation, but we must go about it the right way
    Just on this, there is often a lot of "territorial" issues at school, we still get asked how on earth we were accepted as we don't live within the zone. We were up front and honest about our situation so I just explained that.

    But I have known parents that have fudged the truth to get in to schools and it has inadvertently been found out and cause major friendship issues within the mothers at the school and left the offending parent very much on the outer for a while.

    There is definitely a feeling at schools that is a big no no to lie to get in.

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    It's not as easy as just giving an address - you will need either a current residential lease or rates notice proving you live at that address - we have rented a few houses to people for 6 months who own houses out of the area and desperately want to guarantee spots at certain local very popular public schools, I would either think about moving or looking into private schools if your not happy, as pp said things could change but start sending applications now as in our area in Sydney there is a big wait list for private schools, especially high school and most people ( including us) have had their kids booked in since birth

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    Thanks everyone for your replies.
    I def needed to hear your logical replies
    It's something my head has been telling (yelling at) me while I'm trying to rationalize my crazy reasoning lol ://

    Realistically using an incorrect address is a very silly idea.
    And you are right; it would def not be fair & if the shoe was on the other foot I would not be happy either.

    We don't actually have a designated high school, and the closest one would be my choice.
    We just don't live in "the" suburb, but one over.

    Thanks again everyone!!


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    Which state are you in? There are some states (qld and sa from memory) that don't have catchment areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Which state are you in? There are some states (qld and sa from memory) that don't have catchment areas.
    Qld definitely has catchment areas...... Not all of the schools do, but a proportion. It's called an 'enrolment management plan'. In my area 2 schools have enrolment management Plans, and 2 don't"....

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    I am in Melbourne, and some high schools, so seriously sought after require proof that you live in their catchment every year of the childs school life, to stop people renting in zone (and subletting or leaving vacant) then ending lease 6mths or a yr later. If you leave the catchment area you are expected to move.

    In my opinion, honetsy is always the best policy. I have gotten my daughter into 2 out of area (3 technically) high schools, that are pretty sort after and strictly zoned. Not as in high demand as some areas, but for their respective locations they are the most desired. I just persisted with phone calsl and emails. I did not know until 2 days before school started back in 2012 (my daughters 1st yr of high school) that she got a place at our prefered school after another email from my.

    I can't guarentee this will work for all schools, some I know for sure living on the wrong side of the road wont get you in let alnoe living 5-10kms from the school, but in some areas, for some schools it will pay off.


 

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