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A comprehensive guide to special assistance schools on the Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast, families have access to a range of special assistance schools and alternative education providers that cater to children and teens with disabilities, health-related conditions, learning difficulties, or those who have disengaged from mainstream schooling. These government and independent private schools offer tailored education programs that go beyond the standard Australian school curriculum, providing specialized learning environments designed to empower and support students with diverse needs.

We've put together a list and interactive map of all special assistance schools across the Gold Coast
List & Interactive Map of Special Assistance Schools on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Private Special Assistance Schools

These independent private schools offer unique educational programs and support to cater to the diverse needs and circumstances of students in primary, middle and senior school.

Arcadia College is a co-educational secondary school located in Robina, catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12 who have disengaged from mainstream schooling, offering an alternative approach to education. As a Special Assistance School, they cater for a diverse range of students’ learning, emotional, psychological and physical needs.

Fees/levies: approx. $1,000 per year

BUSY Schools offers an alternative schooling approach for disengaged students in Year 11 and Year 12 to re-engage with education and complete school and continue into a career path or further education.

Fees/levies: none

BUSY Schools Southport Girls+, Southport (Girls only, including those who identify as female)

The BUSY Schools in Southport is for girls, and those who identify as female, and provides them with a chance to re-engage with their education. They offer an inclusive and supportive educational environment for Year 11 & 12 high school students.

Fees/levies: none

Josiah College is a small multi-denominational Christian school that provides specialist educational programs for Junior and Senior school-aged students (Year 2 - Year 10) with autism spectrum disorder.

Fees/levies: approx. $9,200 – $10,500 per year

Mastery Schools Australia is a new concept Middle School that focusses exclusively on the needs of students Year 4-0 who have fallen behind or are experiencing learning difficulties, with a particular focus on supporting students with dyslexia. They aim to develop the academic foundations and resilience that will allow students to re-enter mainstream education. There are three campuses on the Gold Coast, located in Coolangatta, Varsity Lakes and in Southport.

Fees/levies: approx. $1,000 per year

Men of Business Academy is a Senior Secondary School for students in Year 11 & 12 who are looking for alternative learning to mainstream schooling. The MOB Academy promotes workforce and career focused education in addition to a formalised health and well-being program.

Fees/levies: $600 per year

The Southport Flexible Learning Centre falls under the banner of Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school is committed to working with young people who wish to re-engage with education, and who have found challenges at mainstream school. It is a catholic, co-educational school for Y7 - Y12.

Fees/levies: none

Pacific Hope School located inside Pacific Coast Christian School, just across the border in Tweed Heads, is a caring Christian school community that caters for students with a moderate level of Intellectual delay, from Year 3 to Year 12.

Fees/levies: approx. $2500 per year

Toogoolawa School is an alternative provider of education for boys aged 9-15 years who no longer attend or are no longer welcome in mainstream schooling.

Fees/levies: $45 per week

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Gold Coast State Schools

In Queensland all children can enroll at their local state school, and students with a disability can expect reasonable adjustments to be made to enable them to learn alongside their peers. Additionally, many of the state primary and high schools offer a Special Education Program to more specifically target and support students with a disability or those who struggle in the mainstream classroom.

Gold Coast Special Schools

If your child has an intellectual disability that, either alone or in combination with other disabilities, severely impacts their ability to learn, you may choose to enroll at one of the state special schools:

Coomera State Special School opened in February 2022 for students from Prep to Year 12 with an intellectual disability. Students may have additional disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, physical impairment, hearing or vision impairment. The school has approx.200 students.

Fees/levies: none

The small community school located in Currumbin Water provides education from Prep to Year 12 for approx. 100 students with a verified intellectual disability and possible secondary impairments including hearing, vision, physical and autism spectrum disorders.

Fees/levies: none

Mudgeeraba Special School is an independent state public school for special students with a diagnosed intellectual disability. The school caters to students from Prep to Year 12 and has approx 150 enrolments.

Fees/levies: none

The Southport Special School is an independent public school catering for students from Prep to Year 12 with severe intellectual disability, and possible additional disabilities, including autism, hearing, vision or physical impairments. The school caters to approx 300 students.

Fees/levies: none

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Map Special Assistance Schools Gold Coast

Click on the expand symbol [ ] in the top right corner to enlarge the map or click on the open menu symbol in the top left corner (next to the title) to open the menu & filter schools or click on the school symbols on the map for more information.


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