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.
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How many students attend the school?
The school currently has 62 students enrolled, and will progressively expand student numbers as capacity in the school increases.
What are the class sizes and student/teacher ratios?
There are approximately ten young people in each class. If students are coping well with the size of the class, 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 (ESO) who both work together and form the ‘Collaborative Education Team’. The class is also supported by a floating ESO (Angel), a Social Worker, Health and Wellbeing Support Officer, a Speech Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.
What students do you cater for?
Students must be of primary school age and 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 or mainstream 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 currently caters for students from Preparatory to Year 8.
What do you do to support the transition to high-school?
Year 5 and 6 students participate in a transition to high school program within their classrooms. They are explicitly taught the skills needed to successfully navigate the high school environment. These skills may include; learning how to study, taking notes in a meaningful way, understanding timetables, as well as planning and organisational skills.
Are enrolments still open?
Our current Prep to Year 6 classes are all currently at capacity. If a vacancy arises or students are coping well with the size of their class, we may look adding additional students to the class. The school has an Expressions of Interest list available for families seeking enrolment at the school. For further details on how to join the list, please see the Enrolments page of the website.
What are the costs involved in attending the school?
The Annual Tuition fee is $7,500 for all year levels. Fees are billed quarterly at $1875 per term. Payment plans are available through the Australian Scholarship Group - School Plan. 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?
The Sycamore School program is full-time. Young people attend school Monday to Friday during the designated school terms. All students attend school from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. During the enrolment phase, gradual transitions/half days are recommended and negotiable with the Collaborative Education Team (CET).
What qualifications or skills will teachers have?
All teachers will have completed a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Special Education and/or relevant specialist tertiary qualifications. 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 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. For further information, please see the Curriculum section of our About Us page.
Do you include allied health support at school?
The school employs a speech therapist and occupational therapist who work with teaching staff and families to design a Personal Learning Plans for each young person. All students will have access to group therapy sessions during school time, encouraging social learning and practising language, speech and other skills in a social context, as well as including components of the curriculum.
Can I use HCWA or NDIS funding towards fees?
Unfortunately, HCWA and NDIS will not fund any fees or resources for use in education.