Our public schools
The Department of Education offers a number of different types of public schools across NSW.
Use the school finder to find the right public school for you.
Visit enrolment to learn about how to enrol.
For more information, visit:
- primary schools
- high schools
- distance education centres and schools
- selective high schools and opportunity classes
- DE international for students from overseas.
Special learning needs
The department provides specialist support classes, as well as schools for specific purposes (SSPs). Discuss options with the principal of your local school if your child has special learning needs.
For more information and assistance with special learning needs, you can:
- call the educational services team on 131 536
- visit Disability, learning and support.
Schools for specific purposes
Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) are for students from preschool to Year 12 who require intensive levels of support. They provide a specialised educational setting in which learning support plans are collaboratively developed, implemented and monitored.
Classes in SSPs are similar to the range of classes in other schools. A range of support services, depending on the needs of the students, are also provided.
Hospital schools are SSPs providing educational services for students who are inpatients in large NSW hospitals. They assist students by:
- providing educational activities for short-term patients
- developing personalised learning plans for long-term patients – in collaboration with the home school – to assist the return to school after hospitalisation.
Central and community schools
Schools for Kindergarten to Year 12 (K–12) students include central and community schools – they provide a comprehensive education that reflects the needs of their local communities.