Riverside ESC’s emphasis throughout the educational journey is on shared learning: the children, the family and education staff learn from each other and together we make progress that ultimately benefits each and every child.
Riverside Education Support Centre offers classes ranging from Kindergarten through Year 6. Children qualify to attend Riverside ESC after being assessed for any of the following:
- Intellectual Disability diagnosed by a psychologist and according to the DSM5 Criteria
- Autism Spectrum Disorder with identified High Educational Needs
- Global Developmental Delay (when diagnosed in the 12 months preceding Kindy enrolment)
- Severe Mental Health disorder in some instances (please contact the Principal for details around this criteria)
- Some complex physical conditions may be eligible and should be discussed with the Principal for guidance.
Enrolments at Riverside ESC are not restricted by the enrolment boundaries that apply to mainstream public schools (see map of enrolment locations). Classes are generally composite, made up of children at different year levels. Our classes take into consideration varying learning abilities, behavioural challenges and requirements for hygienic and medical support, enabling the best possible distribution of teacher and staff resources.
Our skilled teachers and educational staff have massive cumulative experience that is focused to bring about positive learning experiences for our students; experiences that will shape your child’s future, maximize future employment and social opportunities and make progress toward preparing him or her become an independent, thoughtful and confident human being.
Riverside ESC is committed to complying with and promoting the Department of Education's Workplace Safe Guidelines, recognising the right of every individual to work in a safe environment free from aggressive behaviour, threats and violence. We recognise that such behaviour disrupts teaching and learning and has an impact on staff, students, parents/caregivers and the community.
Each student’s educational development is guided by Individual Education Plans, formulated by the class teacher and approved by the Principal. These plans are communicated to parents and caregivers twice a year and opportunity is created, not just at special meetings but throughout the year, for parents to learn of their child’s progress and to provide feedback from the home environment. The formal and informal meetings also allow teachers to convey to parents areas of concern or identified challenges that require some form of resolution. While our student’s milestones may differ from regular schools, they are nevertheless milestones of great significance and we look forward to celebrating achievements with each child’s family.
At the completion of their learning journey at Riverside ESC, students will graduate to another special education learning facility and in some instances attend regular high school. The transition is managed thoughtfully, tailored to individual student needs and carried out over several months.
Finally, it is our privilege to have your child attend our school. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you as parents and caregivers, and to enrolling your child in our nurturing learning centre.
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