Choosing a school

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Choosing a school

Schools vary a great deal, and finding the best available school setting for your child can be a challenge. On this page: Video: Choosing a school Doing your research Move schools or not? Government school options Other options In this section we outline options and issues to consider, and give tips about doing your research. […]

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Choosing a school: Issues to consider

Give yourself time to explore, to find the best education setting available for your child. On this page: Issues to consider Your hopes for your child’s education Considerations for secondary school Find out more Every school is different, just as every child is different. There are many different types of education settings you might be […]

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Doing your research

Start early and gather information. On this page: Visit schools, including during school hours Meet the principal Talk to other staff and families at the school Whether you are exploring primary or secondary schools, start your research early, allowing time to weigh up the options. Begin by reading school websites or ringing schools to request […]

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Questions to ask schools, and responses to look for

When you are visiting prospective schools, you should feel comfortable to ask as many questions as you want, to get a good sense of whether the school is likely to suit your child. On this page: Look for a welcoming, positive approach Be upfront about your child’s needs Your child’s care, access and travel needs […]

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Move schools or not? Reflections from parents and carers

‘I think it’s really important for families not to become disillusioned. Other families have also taken this journey. There are avenues.‘ – Tania On this page: Try to resolve issues first When might a move be the best outcome? Go for what you want – if it doesn’t work, reassess Mainstream to specialist and back […]

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Mainstream government schools

Victorian government policy states that every child has the right to attend their designated local government school ­– the school for which they are ‘zoned’. On this page: Your child’s designated local school Other government schools Part-time attendance, dual enrolment and specialist units Your child’s designated local school There are many reasons why many families […]

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Government specialist schools and units

Victorian government policy states that your child has the right to attend the nearest specialist school for which they are eligible. On this page: What can specialist schools offer? Specialist or ‘sattelite’ units within mainstream schools For students with an intellectual disability For Deaf and hearing impaired students For Blind or vision impaired students For […]

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Applying for government specialist schools or units

If you are considering a specialist school, begin your research and application process at least by the first few months of the year before your child would start at the school. On this page: Eligibility For students with an intellectual disability Application and assessment If your child is already on the PSD Eligibility There is […]

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Dual enrolment: issues to consider

Another potential option is dual enrolment, where your child is enrolled in both a mainstream and a specialist school at the same time, and divides their week between the two settings. On this page: Issues to consider Types of schools and funding issues Families sometimes choose dual enrolment so that their child can benefit from […]

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Catholic schools

There are many mainstream Catholic schools, as well as some specialist schools and programs. On this page: Fees and funding Enrolment and eligibility Complaints Specialist Catholic schools Mainstream Catholic schools are inclusive of all children and young people, including those with a disability. They are provided for Catholic families, but are also open to non-Catholics. […]

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