Enrolment Information

Darwin Middle School takes great pride in being the leading middle years STEAM education provider in the Northern Territory.

Darwin Middle School caters for students in Years 7 to 9. Our students continually achieve high levels of excellence across all learning areas and continue to rank in the top percentile in the Territory. Our Middle School offers many specialist programs including Students of High Performance (SOHP), Concert Band and Dance Program of Excellence. Here at Darwin Middle School, we believe in nurturing and supporting every student’s unique talent, interests and potential. Our dedicated and highly qualified staff and state of the art facilities and resources ensures a creative environment where students can thrive. Our commitment to character development, inclusivity and social responsibility ensures that students not only grow academically but also develop into compassionate humans ready to make a positive impact on society.

Please feel free to reach out to our enrolment team, who would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you with the enrolment process.

Enrolling at Darwin Middle School

Darwin Middle School is a well-respected establishment and in high demand, we operate at capacity with 700 students with the number of students wanting to enrol often exceeding the physical capacity of the school. To manage this demand and ensure a fair and equitable enrolment process for families and students, there are two main categories of enrolment.

Priority Enrolment Area

Students that reside within our Priority Enrolment Area are given priority for enrolment places at Darwin Middle School, this is in accordance with the Department of Education priority enrolment area.

The Priority Enrolment Area plan can be viewed here.

The Priority Enrolment Area for Darwin Middle School includes:

  • Bayview
  • Berrimah (Northcrest)
  • Cullen Bay
  • Darwin City
  • Eaton (RAAF Base)
  • Fannie Bay
  • Larrakeyah
  • Ludmilla
  • Parap
  • Stuart Park
  • The Gardens
  • The Narrows
  • Wagait Beach/Mandorah
  • Winnellie
  • Woolner

If there is scope for additional enrolments, Darwin Middle School will also extend priority to students who attend Darwin City Partner Schools (Larrakeyah, Ludmilla, Parap and Stuart Park Primary School) that feed into our school. Darwin Middle School has also extended the priority enrolment for those students whose older siblings are enrolled into the school during the 2025 year.

Out of Priority Enrolment Area

There are limited places available for students who live outside Darwin Middle School's Priority Enrolment Area and do not attend a Darwin City Partner Primary School. Students who would like to be considered as an out of priority enrolment must apply by submitting an Expression of Interest form.

Consideration is given to those students who either:

  • have an older sibling enrolled at Darwin Middle School for 2025
  • have been accepted into the Students of High Performance (SOHP), Concert Band or Dance Program of Excellence (DPOE)

Enrolment Management

Darwin Middle School recognises its obligation to ensure students living within the Priority Enrolment Area have access to educational services and facilities at this school. At times our enrolments are at a level requiring the school to place restrictions on out-of-priority enrolment area enrolments to ensure that is meets its educational obligations to local students. Enrolment Management Plan

Specialist Programs

We are excited to offer the following specialist programs here at Darwin Middle School:

  • Students of High Performance (SOHP)
  • Concert Band
  • Dance Program of Excellence (DPOE)

Registrations open on Friday 21 June 2024 and will remain open until close of business Friday 13 September 2024

Students of High Performance (SOHP)

SOHP classes are for students who perform at a higher level in the subjects of Maths, Science, English and Humanities. As part of the SOHP application, students will be required to sit an ACER general achievement Test during the Term 3 holidays, 3 - 4 October, TBC.

Concert Band

The Concert Band Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their instrumental techniques, within the context of a concert band setting. As part of the application, students will sit an audition to demonstrate competency in their music skills during Term 4, 14 -17 October, after school hours. Students can audition on these following instruments:

  • Brass instruments – trombone, trumpet, French horn, tuba, baritone horn, flugelhorn
  • Woodwind instruments – flute, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo, oboe, bassoon
  • Percussion – snare drum, bass drum, timpani drum, drum kit, xylophone, vibraphone
  • Strings- double bass, bass guitar

Dance Program of Excellence (DPOE)

The Dance Program of Excellence has been designed to provide dancers with the opportunity to further develop their dance technique, whilst completing essential Health and Physical Education. Year 7 students specialise in multiple areas of dance, including but not limited to: contemporary dance, jazz, and hip hop. As part of the application, students will sit an audition and submit a dance portfolio during Term 4, 14 -17 October, after school hours.

Priority Enrolment Students who would like to apply for any of the Specialist Programs please submit the following application PEA-Specialist-Program-Application along with your enrolment form.

Outside of Priority Enrolment Students who would like to apply for any of the Specialist Programs please submit the following application Out-of-PEA-Expression-of-Interest-Specialist-Program-Application No further forms are required, once the student is accepted into the program an enrolment form and further information will need to be submitted.

An enrolments officer will be in contact once the application has been received. *Please note that the testing dates provided are subject to change, for all students registered there will be further information and updates emailed out.

Expressions of Interest for students living outside of the Priority Enrolment Area (PEA)

Out of PEA enrolments will not be accepted until Friday 21 June and submission of these forms does not guarantee your child a position at Darwin Middle School.

We strongly encourage that you enrol your child at the designated feeder middle school in your PEA and attend any student orientation days or parent information sessions if available.

All Expressions of Interest to enrol at Darwin Middle School as either a general student or in a specialist program requires an Out-of-PEA-Expression-of-Interest-Specialist-Program-Application form to be submitted.

Enrolment Enquiries

Contact Darwin Middle School with your enrolment enquiry [email protected]

Enrolment Forms

International Students

International student enrolment is handled through the Department of Education. Families of students from overseas are asked to contact the International Service branch as a first option. Once a confirmation of placement is received from International Services we can then enrol the students as long as the selection criteria is met.

International Students contact details are:

phone: +61 8 8901 1336

email: [email protected]