Alexandra Hills State High School’s Student Support Centre is managed by the Head of Special Education Services, Mrs Karen Scott, who has been in the role for more than ten years.
The Special Education Program (S.E.P.) caters for Students who have been identified through the Education Adjustment Program (E.A.P.) and been verified as having a low incidence disability.
In the SSC, all staff work together as a team to support all associated with it, (parents, students and staff). The SSC is well resourced and staff work hard to provide students with the best opportunity to learn to the best of their ability and reach their full potential.
Key Focus Areas of the Program are:
Outdoor supervised Courtyard area
Liaison with parents
Transition programs – from Primary School –to life in the community after school
Life skills, social skills, self-direction
Specialist support e.g. School Transition Officer, Education Qld Therapy Services, School Student Welfare Team
Support students to achieve and maintain self-esteem and a positive self- image
The S.E.P. is part of the secondary school, the emphasis is on consolidating academic skills and communication skills to maximise the student’s capacity to operate independently at school, at home at work and in social situations. The program is for students verified with: Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech Language Impairment, Physical Impairment, Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment. Inclusive education practices are the basis of this program.
All Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students who are enrolled in the program have the opportunity to participate in some or all of their Core subjects in the SSC while participating in the regular classroom elective subjects. Some students are able to participate fully in the mainstream classes with support.
All these students have an Individual Support Plan (I.S.P). The goals of the I.S.P. focus on areas which the student needs to develop to assist them to access the school curriculum and to develop as an individual.
Year 11 and 12 students have opportunities to complete TAFE courses in their areas of interest and attend training courses and activities offered by variety of community organizations. The important aspects of this Transition are: