Show chiefs have decided to increase the focus on Summer Bay High in 2013, and will also be introducing some new younger characters.
Series producer Lucy Addario told Home and Away's 25th Anniversary Magazine: "We've got a class of 2013 we are following and I'm really excited. I'm looking to tell some relevant stories that our audience is probably experiencing in real life.
"A lot of our new characters will be in the school and will have different issues to deal with."
Executive producer Julie McGauran added: "No matter how heightened our stories get, they have to be based in truth. Next year there will be a lot more stories back at Summer Bay High School.
"We believe that it is very important to explore issues surrounding high school as the landscape of education. Adolescence and social media continues to change and present new ideas on stories for the show to tackle."
Home and Away's traditional focus on fostering is also expected to be revisited in 2013.
Addario said: "We will be exploring why Summer Bay is such a wonderful place for these foster kids and what that brings to the community. We have new characters about to come in who are runaways - a brother and a sister, who carry with them a secret about who they are and what they are running away from."