Award recipient for:
- Excellence in Improving Learning and Development, 2016
About Acacia Hill School
2016 Excellence in Improving Learning and Development winner
Acacia Hill School provides an intensive and inclusive educational program catering for students with moderate to profound intellectual and multiple/complex disabilities, and was recognised by the judges for creating high expectations and having a strong commitment to academic excellence, as it pursues its vision to be a centre of excellence for special needs education in Central Australia.
The School fosters a culture that promotes learning for its students aged between 3 and 19 years, with 66% being Indigenous students. Students come from Alice Springs as well as remote communities at the Northern Territory/ Western Australia /Queensland borders; the Barkly; and the Pitjantjara Homelands, and the school, with its 5 campuses, is a vital part of the central Australian community.
The school has a focus on literacy, and on following each student’s individualised education plan. Explicit in this plan is an incremental development of not only academic learning but also in independence, communication, social development, emotional self-management, living skills, health care and mobility.
The School comprises an Early Childhood unit, 4 primary units including 2 inclusive satellite classes in local mainstream primary schools, a Middle Years class and a secondary and a Transition to Work subschool.