Looking for a School
This page has been designed to assist navigate the choices of Public Education specialist Schools, Centres or facilities which best meets the needs of children with special education need.
Please use this link to find the list of schools, including local schools and education support centres and schools in your local area. If you are unsure of your options, contact your closest education support centre or school and have a chat with them about your options.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Education Regional Office.
Please note: Enrolment processes are governed by Regional Education Office processes and transport requirements by Public Transport Authority bus boundaries. Always check these with one our helpful and informed member Principals who will be happy to clarify any questions you may have.
Our Schools are Proud Schools of Choice
WAESPAA is proud to promote our schools as specialist schools of choice alongside local, or mainstream, school options. We therefore recommend that you take the time to read the following extract from Navigating your Choices - A guide for parents of children with special learning needs (Department of Education, WA, 2011).
As a parent you want to choose the school that best suits your child, your family and your individual circumstances. The best choice for your child may be your local school, an education support school, or an education support centre. Sometimes, a combination of these may be suitable.
Education support schools and centres - There are primary, secondary and Kindergarten to Year 12 education support schools and centres throughout the State. Each offers programs tailored to meet the individual needs of your child, with small class sizes and excellent teacher to student ratios.
Programs range from early intervention, independent living skills, functional and specific academic programs to workplace learning, alternatives to employment and career education.
The school or centre will collaborate with you and your child’s therapists to ensure their needs are met. Education support schools and centres have the flexibility to offer specialist teachers and support staff dedicated to caring for your child.
Education support schools are separate schools that have on-site access to multi-disciplinary teams including nursing and therapy staff. Specialist facilities including therapy rooms, multi-sensory environments, independent living centres, swimming pools and ‘access all’ playgrounds add to your child’s learning experiences.
Education support Centres are located alongside local primary and secondary schools. In addition to the individualised programs delivered by specialist staff, your child will benefit from being able to interact and participate in programs with their local school peers. The centres have a range of facilities and support services available to cater to your child’s needs.
Local schools can access specialist services and resources to enable your child to participate fully in educational programs that develop their knowledge, skills and understandings. At your local school your child will be educated with their peers in an inclusive environment. Some local schools have special programs and/or classes to cater for your child.
If necessary, the physical school environment may be modified so your child can better access facilities and help them get the most out of their school experience physically, socially and academically.