Distance and online learning

Schools of distance learning offer an alternative for students who can't attend a school in person.

Your child can access distance education if they are travelling overseas or living remotely on:

  • cattle stations
  • camel farms
  • national parks
  • mining camps
  • road houses
  • remote police stations
  • tourist ventures
  • Indigenous communities.

Your child will receive lessons using satellite, internet and telecommunications technologies.

REACT software is used to provide online lessons. Paper based materials complement your child's interactive learning.

There are 3 schools of distance education in the Northern Territory (NT). The schools cater for different student ages and locations.

International students and other fee paying students are also catered for by all 3 schools.

Read more about enrolment criteria and fees on the schools' websites below.

Alice Springs School of the Air

The Alice Springs School of the Air offers educational services and activities to isolated school children from preschool to Year 9.

The school covers the:

  • southern half of the NT
  • extreme north of South Australia and
  • south-east of Western Australia.

The school operates for 40 weeks of the year and follows the same school calendar as other government schools in the NT, sharing the same term and holiday schedule.

For more information, go to the Alice Springs School of the Air website.

Katherine School of the Air

Katherine School of the Air caters for:

  • isolated primary and middle school students in the top half of the NT and
  • residents temporarily travelling or based elsewhere.

Middle years students including urban students that require alternative pathways are also catered for.

For more information go to the Katherine School of the Air website.

The Northern Territory School of Distance Education

The Northern Territory School of Distance Education provides flexible distance study options for senior secondary students from Years 10 to 12 across the Territory and overseas.

Students from urban, regional and remote schools, including community education centres, can access the school either full time or for subject areas their current school cannot meet.

Students may be school age or beyond compulsory school age.

For more information go to the Northern Territory School of Distance Education website.


Last updated: 24 May 2022

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