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Why choose our school?

Why enrol your child at Darling Point Special School?

Darling Point Special School is proud of its reputation locally, nationally and internationally, as a school that provides evidence-based teaching and authentic, relevant curriculum within a values-based framework of quality leadership, positive behaviour support and warm, supportive relationships.

Features that attract families to our school:

  • Committed, enthusiastic principal and leadership team

  • Co-teaching practices where curriculum specialists work collaboratively with special educators

  • Curriculum programs offered in a wide range of subject areas across the Australian and school curricula including literacy, numeracy, science, health and physical education, swimming, hydrotherapy, move and conductive education principles, visual arts, music, Asian and Pacific studies, vocational education

  • Dedicated prep, early years, middle years, and senior years precincts and programs

  • Dedicated staff who focus with family members and students to achieve the very best possible outcomes.

  • Increasing enrolment trends since 1993

  • Independent Public School status

  • International social education interns in partnership through a memorandum of understanding with the university college of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Internationally recognised scholar-in-residence, Dr Gary LaVigna, Director, Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis who supports the school team to achieve very high quality practices in positive behaviour support and applied behaviour analysis

  • Modern, purpose-built facilities in a pristine water-front location

  • Outside school hours care for children and teenagers with disabilities and their siblings that enjoys Australian government support funding from the department of social services

  • Positive behaviour support methods embedded in practice and recognised internationally as quality examples of evidence-based practice

  • Quality medical plans and emergency medical supports

  • Registered training organisation status

  • Registered vocational education programs achieving certificate 1 and 2 outcomes for students making that choice in their senior years of study

  • Sensory / snoezelen room

  • Special education qualified teachers

  • STEP-UP transition program to maximise success in the post-school years

  • Therapy services using a transdisciplinary model, in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language pathology

  • Vacation care for children and teenagers with disabilities and their siblings that enjoys Australian government support funding from the department of social services

  • VET certified teachers – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2013)