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Special Language Entry

Adelaide High School is South Australia’s only Special Interest Language School.

Language learning underpins effective intercultural communication and enables deep and authentic global citizenship. 

At Adelaide High School, learning a language offers students the opportunity to:

  • Study languages in an environment which is vibrant and exciting
  • Develop world class communication skills
  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills which underpin all learning
  • Participate in local cultural events and the language speaking communities
  • Engage authentically with the wider global community where multilingualism is the norm.

Adelaide High School has a vibrant language learning culture

  • All students study a language until the end of Year 10 and many students study two languages.
  • Special Language students make a commitment to study two languages other than English for three years and at least one language until the end of Stage 2 (Year 12).

The languages offered include:

  • Auslan Continuers
  • Chinese Continuers
  • Chinese Background (SACE Stage 1 and 2)
  • Italian Continuers
  • French Continuers
  • German Continuers
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Modern Greek Continuers
  • Spanish Continuer

*  Please note: SACE determines eligibility criteria apply for Chinese Continuers, Chinese Background and Japanese Continuers.


Students applying for Special Language Entry are selected on the basis of :

  • An online application that requires students and parents to respond to a set of questions giving the opportunity to explain reasons for wishing to join the Special Interest Language program *
  • Submission of school reports and other relevant information to support the application. This should be done at the time of submitting the application.
  • An interview at Adelaide High School.
  • A commitment to study two languages other than English until year 10 and at least one language until the end of Stage 2.

* We no longer conduct a test for special language applicants 

Applications for 2022 entry closed Monday March 22, 2021