Christies Beach High School Special Options is located on the grounds of CBHS. The program caters for a capacity of 62 students with varying levels of intellectual disabilities and other additional needs across years 8-12.  Entry to Special Options is via a panel process managed by the Regional Office.  

Once a family has received a letter of offer to our program, individual arrangements around transition can begin. Adjustments recorded in the Negotiated Education Plan provide staff with valuable information around learning goals and future pathways. 

CBHS Special Options teachers are highly dedicated in providing a personalised learning program for your child. This takes place through a case coordination system, whereby the Care Group teacher manages all learning and wellbeing issues on a daily basis. Support staff (SSO’s) works alongside teachers and also have a detailed knowledge of the individual learning profile of your child. Students have access to whole school facilities and programs based on individual needs and goals documented in their learning plan.

We pride ourselves on the strong connections developed with families and carers of students with disabilities. There are regular opportunities to meet with teachers, and work in partnership to provide a flexible learning experience that is engaging and individualised as your child progresses through schooling.

Curriculum Philosophy:

Students with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties are offered a diverse curriculum meeting the individual needs of all students, preparing them for an independent life beyond school.

Students participate in a number of core subjects in Year 8 to Year 12 as well as elective subjects in the aim of maintaining a balanced curriculum.

Within Special Options students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in the  7 General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum -  Literacy, Numeracy  ICT, Critical & Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical understanding and Intercultural understanding
  • Develop skills in Independent Living
  • Develop skills in Work Education using the Australian Core Skills Framework
  • Be supported in transitioning to life beyond schooling 
  • Complete the SACE – modified 
  • May participate in suitable VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses, Job Training packages and enterprising opportunities.
  • Develop personal skills and abilities in areas of interest

Core units of work are developed using an Understanding by Design Framework and mapped against learning outcomes in the Australian Curriculum, SACE and some VET packages.  All students will have the opportunity to complete their SACE – modified for students with disabilities starting at year 10 and finishing at the end of year 12 after 5 years of secondary schooling.           

Please note that students enrolled in SACE Modified are not eligible for an ATAR score for university entrance.

Curriculum emphasis:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Personal And Social Competence across the curriculum
  • Community Access and Community Partnerships across the curriculum
  • Work and Transition
  • Personal Interest/Leisure

Special Programs:

Offsite learning programs are highly valued as they assist students with intellectual disabilities in transferring knowledge of new skills. These programs and resources compliment the work that occurs within the school environment and is essential in developing skills needed for ‘life after school.’

These programs include but are not limited to;

  • DECD Extended Water Safety Program 
  • City School Program 
  • Ladies of Variety events
  • Community Access  
  • Transport Training
  • Group and individual work experience in supported employment settings
  • Links with Disability Employment Providers
  • Access to Day Options programs through Disability SA 
  • Special Olympics
  • Inclusive Basketball SA
  • National Disability Coordination Officer Support
  • Camp Calperum  – Sponsored by Rotary of Noarlunga

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Jackson

Assistant Principal - Special Education