Katherine School of the Air caters for students from Preschool to Year 9 in the northern half of the Northern Territory, from Elliott and including the islands off the NT coast.

Age of Entry for Preschool Students

Children turning four…

  • before/on 30 June are eligible to enrol in preschool at the commencement of the school year.

  • after 30 June are eligible to enrol in preschool at the commencement of semester 2  with the understanding that the child will access more than 12 months of preschool.

  • after 30 September who have not enrolled at the commencement of semester 2, are eligible to enrol at the commencement of the following  school year.

  • who are already enrolled in a government preschool are eligible to enrol throughout the school year.

Distance Education Criteria

  • Enrolment must be for a minimum of 1 semester (20 weeks)

  • The student must be suitably supervised and supported by an adult each school day to compete their learning program

  • The student must have telephone, computer and internet access

  • The student must be provided with an appropriate learning space and environment

Enrolment Categories

  1. Geographical isolation

  2. Dual enrolment

  3. Special Circumstances – medical grounds, significant support needs (flexible learning arrangements), exclusion or expulsion

  4. Parent employment – interstate or overseas

  5. Travelling – interstate or overseas

  6. Elite Performance

Geographical Isolation Criteria

A student may be enrolled on the grounds of geographical isolation where they meet one of the following criteria:

  • The distance between the family home and the nearest appropriate government school is at least 56km via the shortest practicable route.

  • The distance between the family home an the nearest transport to an appropriate government school is at least 4.5km and the distance to the school is at least 16km via the shortest practicable route.

  • There is no reasonable access to an appropriate government school for at least 20 days of the school year because of adverse travel conditions or other circumstances beyond the family’s control

Dual Enrolment Criteria

To be dually enrolled in a NT government school and KSA, one of the following criteria must be met:

  • components of the school’s program are delivered in first language

  • the school has limited capacity to deliver alternative programs or programs that meet the student needs

  • the student requires a flexible education arrangement

Special Circumstances Criteria

  • Medical Grounds – the student has a long-term illness or medical condition preventing attendance at school and has medical certification to validate the student cannot attend a mainstream school for more than 80 consecutive school days

  • Significant Support Needs – school and regional resources and extensive adjustments and intervention strategies have not been able to meet the additional needs of the student and evidence demonstrates the student cannot attend and participate in mainstream schooling on a regular basis