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When choosing a school, the relationship between your child and their teacher is very important. So, a key to choosing a school is whether you and your child feel comfortable with the staff you meet and the atmosphere in the classrooms when you visit. Visits may be on an information day/night or in some cases by appointment. Most schools in Adelaide have a website or information portal: a first feel for the school’s ethos can often be garnered by having a look at what they are doing as a community, as well as educationally.
The links and information below will help guide you to the choice of school sectors in South Australia and help you create a list of questions you will need to ask when determining if a particular school will meet your child's needs.
For a state run school: This link takes you to the DECD website. https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-skills-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school
You may apply for entry to any government primary school, however acceptance of an enrolment in an out of zone primary school depends on whether the number of enrolments at that school exceeds the number of places available.https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-skills-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school/choosing-a-primary-school
High Schools on the other hand are zoned, although you can apply to go to one out of zone. Acceptance will depend on enrolments.https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-skills-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school/choosing-a-high-school
For a Catholic run school go to: http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/our-schools/school-directory
This site includes a map that can tell you which catholic schools are in your area.
For an Independent school: http://www.ais.sa.edu.au/about-our-schools/search-our-schools
This site allows you to search for independent schools by location, gender, religion, and/or year level.
To help parents identify the features of schools that are dyslexia friendly, we suggest that you go to the following link for the British Dyslexia Association’s Dyslexia Friendly Schools Pack, abridged version.
Making a list of the features that you consider most important for your child will help you formulate questions to ask when visiting prospective schools.
Ask the school how their best practices will include support for your student with a specific learning diffculty, such as dyslexia.
When creating a list of questions, you might also draw on:
Questions you may find useful:
There is no ‘one size fits all’ list as each child’s needs are unique. However, it is important to be prepared and the more specifically related to your child your questions are, the better informed you will be. Ask if they can provide specific examples of how they support students with learning difficulties in the classroom environment.
SPELD SA, Adelaide, has many services that may be useful in supporting the education of your child. We also have a comprehensive website www.speld-sa.org.au that includes a lot of free information, and free resources, that can be accessed worldwide.
SPELD SA offers a tutor finding service click here to find a tutor.
Wherever you are, a tutor can help your child by explicitly teaching them skills they have not yet developed to an appropriate level. Importantly, these lessons should be followed up, at home, with 5 to 15 min sessions (based on age and concentration span), five days a week, so that the student has time to practise and consolidate the skills that have been taught.
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