Schools & Childcare

There are several pre-school, primary, secondary and vocational institutions for education in Alice Springs, plus the local campus of Charles Darwin University.

There are both public (government) and private (non-government) schools, schools and colleges for Aboriginal students, plus the Alice Springs School of the Air for children living in very remote areas.


There are six private schools and two Indigenous schools in Alice Springs. A list of private schools can be found here.


Pre-schools form an integral part of many local primary schools, offering half-day sessions for children aged 4-5 years.

In the Northern Territory, schools include a ‘Transition’ period between pre-school and Year 1 primary school to assist and prepare very young children for formal education. At the age of 5 years, a child is assessed before proceeding to primary education.

Secondary education is separated into Middle and Senior schools, with Middle Years from 7 to 9, and Senior Years from 10 to 12.

Students in Year 11 are offered a wide range of courses accredited by the NT Board of Studies and the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA), in preparation for Year 12.

Secondary Senior students successfully completing their Year 12 studies are awarded the Northern Territory Certificate of Education – an entry qualification recognised at all Australian colleges and universities. 

For a list of primary and secondary schools in Alice Springs, click here.

The Good Schools Guide offers comparison of the various schools in Alice Springs.

Higher Education

Charles Darwin University Alice Springs campus offers vocational education and training (VET), in addition to tertiary qualification courses.

Other institutions offering VET courses in Alice Springs:


Childcare services in Alice Springs are generally provided by not-for-profit, non-government, parent-volunteer groups and financially-supported by various tiers of government.

For a list of childcare or pre-school services in Alice Springs, click here.

For Parents

Alice Springs Public Library provides regular interactive programs for parents, children and youth – click here for current activities at the Library.