The school is located in the remote Sunraysia area in close proximity to the NSW and South Australian borders. As the only facility of its type in this large and remote geographical area, its catchment area extends beyond the township of Ouyen to the south, east to Robinvale and westward towards South Australia. In the north, it caters for a number of students from NSW.
As the only specialist facility in the area, the school is a major resource for all students with an intellectual disability between the ages of five and 18 years. Students are taught in small groups by teaching staff, many with special education qualifications, supported by teacher assistants and paramedical staff. Speech, occupational and physiotherapists provide consultancy services for programs.
In developing Individual Learning Plans, consideration is given to each student’s needs, strengths and interests. The curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum in Victoria (AusVELS) in the three domains of Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. Assessment is based on Individual Learning Plan goals.
Students in their last three years of school concentrate on a transitional program for post- school life. This may include vocational programs and/or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.
Mildura Specialist School integrates students part-time into mainstream schools, if this is in the best interests of the student and it is the parents/carers chosen option.
The school is committed to providing a progressive, stimulating and safe school environment which takes into account sound management practices, communication between all members of the community, delivery of appropriate curriculum, parental involvement and community awareness.
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