Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the school located?
The school is located at the Alexandra Hills TAFE Campus. There is a catchment for the school and students in the catchment will be given first preference. There will be allocated spaces for students who live outside the catchment.
Can we visit the school?
How many students will attend the school?
The school will cater for 70 students in its first year, and will progressively expand student numbers as capacity in the school increases.
What are the class sizes and student/teacher ratios?
Our classes will start with ten students, and if students are coping well with this size, we may look to increase the number of students in the class. This is to ensure we continually challenge and promote flexibility in our students, preparing them for life in the community. Each class has a Teacher and an Education Support Officer who together form the ‘Collaborative Education Team’.
What types of students do you cater for?
Students must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The philosophy of the school is to support students who cannot attend special schools and do not cope or thrive in mainstream settings. Of course, if we find that an enrolled student is better suited to a Special School, we will support that transition. Transitions must be agreed by the school, parents, and the student.
What level of schooling is available?
The school caters for students from Preparatory to Year 6 only.
What do you do to support transition to high-school?
Year 5 and 6 students will work towards a transition to high school in their classrooms by explicitly teaching them the skills needed to successfully navigate the high school environment. These things may include learning how to study, taking notes in a meaningful way, understanding timetables, and planning and organisational skills.
Are enrolments still open?
What are the costs involved in attending the school?
The annual tuition fee is $7,500 for all year levels and payment plans will be available. There are no additional levies however, families will be required to purchase uniforms for their children.
What days and times do the young people attend school?
Our young people attend school Monday to Friday during the designated school terms. Young people in Prep to Year 2 attend school from 8:45AM to 2:15PM and young people from Year 3 to Year 6 attend school from 9:00AM to 2:30PM each day. During the enrolment phase, gradual transitions / half days are recommended and negotiable with the Collaborative Education Team (Teacher and Education Support Officer). The program is full-time only at this stage.
What qualifications or skills will teachers have?
All teachers will have completed a Bachelor of Special Education or relevant specialist tertiary qualification. Some teachers may have also done post-graduate autism specific study. A culture of continuous learning and development in our teaching staff is something we are working to instil in the culture of our school.
What curriculum do you teach?
We will teach the National Curriculum – just as typically developing students do in other schools. The curriculum may be adjusted if the teacher feels that is required for a particular student, and this is not uncommon in teaching students with autism.
How do you provide inclusive learning opportunities?
We are currently working with other local schools to arrange inclusive learning programs such as student exchange for particular lessons and inter-school sports and facility sharing. All programs will require that Teachers and Education Support Officers attend at all times and supervise.
Do you include allied health support at school?
The school will employ speech and occupational therapists who will work with the teaching staff and with families when designing IEP’s. All students will have access to group therapy sessions during school time, encouraging social learning and practicing language, speech and other skills in a social context, as well as including components of the curriculum.
We do not support the use of external therapists in the school as this can be disruptive to important class time and social learning.
Can I use HCWA or NDIS funding towards fees?
Unfortunately, HCWA and NDIS will not fund any fees or resources for use in education.