Adelaide Botanic High view from Frome Road
Adelaide Botanic High view from Frome Road

There has been much discussion and rumour about just what is going on inside the Reid Building on Frome Road but now KIDDO can reveal that it’s all part of an exciting new development.

The $100 million science-based school of the future is being built from the ground up and it’s the biggest thing to happen in education in Adelaide for a very long time.

Adelaide Botanic High School is due to open its doors in term 1, 2019. You can watch the first construction time lapse video here.

The school will provide secondary education to 1250 students from inner-city suburbs and its core learning focus will be on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Situated on Frome Road, Adelaide Botanic High School will share a single zone with Adelaide High School, allowing parents within the zone to nominate their preferred institution. Specific enrolment criteria is being developed for both schools to manage demand and capacity.

Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High, School Zoning Map
Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High, School Zoning Map

Premier Jay Weatherill is proud to see the enhancement of education facilities within the City of Adelaide.

“Both of our city high schools will be exceptional. Adelaide High’s $26m expansion and redevelopment sets a new benchmark for public education in South Australia with its incredible modern facilities,” he says.

“Adelaide Botanic High School will deliver a $100m investment with world-class state of the art facilities for students and staff to learn and teach in a remarkable environment.”

The school will have seven storeys, including a basement and an open-planned plaza space at ground level. Students will have access to state-of-the-art, design and technology laboratories and equipment. They will also have the chance to work with experts from the tertiary field to complete their SACE and plan future study or career pathways.

Adelaide Botanic High Interior
Adelaide Botanic High Interior

With the South Australian Museum, the State Library, Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Parklands, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and two out of three of our universities all in its vicinity, Adelaide Botanic High is situated in the ultimate cultural learning precinct. We’re almost wishing we could go back to school!

The idea of an integrated ‘learning landscape’ was considered when designing the building. In its project submission, the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) stated: ‘Learning opportunities are enhanced with greater connectivity between formal and informal learning spaces, as well as effective indoor and outdoor linkages.’

We like the sound of breaking down the concept of the ‘classroom box’ as the primary place of learning. DAC says that by doing this, a more integrated and flexible environment is possible. Unlike traditional classrooms, the role of the teacher will not be prioritised and there will be a focus on student learning and the activities that students undertake to learn. Learning has never been more inviting!

School Principal Alistair Brown

– 35 years in public education
– Began his teaching career in 1982 at Croydon High
– The principal of Heathfield High since 2011
– Focused on modernising school curriculum and integrating technology

‘We have a very specialist program being built in year 10. Each student will have a mentor and a learning plan that will actually track and work with them through to their desired tertiary course or high level career.’
Alistair Brown

Adelaide Botanic High view from Adelaide Parklands
Adelaide Botanic High view from Adelaide Parklands


– State-of-the-art equipment for STEM learning
– ‘Maker spaces’ for creative design, media and art studies
– Food technology kitchens
– Eco-friendly buildings, minimising energy and water usage
– Modern library and research centre
– An art gallery
– Extensive external learning and recreation spaces
– Music and drama spaces
– Parking for 170 bicycles

Images sourced from DECD (Department for Education and Child Development) 

For more information visit: DECD