Increased Secondary Support for Students with Disability

Six additional special options classes will be established at six government high schools for the 2022 school year to ensure students with disability are supported as Year 7 moves into high school.

These are in addition to the 15 new classes announced at 11 schools in 2020, as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $10.3m capital works commitment to deliver 180 additional special options places by 2022.

Located in Adelaide’s north and south, the schools were identified based on where there is most demand to ensure students are offered a place closest to home.

The additional six schools are:

  • Golden Grove High School
  • Hamilton Secondary College
  • Para Hills High School
  • Reynella East College
  • Riverbanks College B-12
  • Salisbury High School

Modifications to facilities will commence promptly in line with the statewide move of Year 7 to high school in term 1, 2022.

The special options class at the new Riverbanks College B-12 is addition to the 100 inclusive places for students with disability previously announced.

“As we prepare for Year 7 to move into high school, we will continue to meet the demand for students with disability to be enrolled in a special class suited to their learning needs,” said Minister for Education John Gardner.

“These additional places mean students have the right support where they need it most, so they get the most out of their schooling.

“We aim to provide an inclusive education environment for as many students as possible and our investment in targeted support will improve learning outcomes for every student in every classroom.”

Special options provide an alternative learning environment to a mainstream classroom, with substantial to extensive curriculum adjustments made for students with a diagnosed disability, global developmental delay or other neurodevelopmental or physical disability associated with developmental delay.

Eligibility and suitability for a special option is determined by a Department for Education psychologist.

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