Enrolling students with disability
This page has information on the criteria and the process for the enrolment of students in specialist schools and centres.
To enrol in a specialist school or centre, your child must meet the following enrolment criteria.
Early years criteria include all of the following:
- general intellectual ability two or more standard deviations below mean on an individual test of intelligence or other evidence of significantly delayed intellectual development
- score of two or more standard deviations below mean on a standardised assessment of adaptive behaviour for the composite score, or in at least two areas for the following:
- communication skills
- home living
- social and/or interpersonal skills
- use of community resources
- health and safety.
Primary middle and senior years
Primary, middle and senior years criteria include all of the following:
- significantly below average intellectual functioning (IQ of 70 or below on an individually administered IQ test)
- concurrent deficits in adaptive functioning - in the bottom 2 per cent in areas such as communication, self-care, social and interpersonal skills, functional academic skills, work, health and safety with multiple needs
- requiring intensive support and a highly individualised program to allow access to, and participation in the curriculum.
All of the following steps may be taken:
- You or your child's school requests enrolment in a specialist school or centre
- The principal of the specialist school or centre will meet you to explain the enrolment process
- You will be asked to complete a verification to enrol form for your child
- The principal will also request diagnostic documents and other relevant reports
- If the principal considers your child meets the eligibility criteria, your child will be enrolled on a temporary basis whilst formal verification takes place
- Your child's documentation will be forwarded to the Department of Education's student support division for formal verification
- The principal will confirm your child's place in writing
- If your child is not approved, but is already enrolled on a temporary basis, your child will be transitioned back into a mainstream school
- You have the right to appeal the decision.
Appeal the decision
To appeal you must do all of the following:
- submit your appeal in writing within 10 days of receiving the ineligibility notice
- in the appeal you should outline your concerns about the decision
- you should submit your appeal to your child's school principal.
On receipt of your appeal the department will do all of the following:
- convene a case conference with the appropriate staff to discuss your appeal
- advise you in writing of the decision.
Go to policies on the Department of Education website for more information about enrolment in specialist schools and centres.
Last updated: 04 February 2019
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