Parents/carers of children who are seeking school placement are encouraged to contact Sunshine SDS to book a school tour. This visit gives you the opportunity to view our school, tour the school grounds, discuss how our school operates and ask any questions you may have in regard to enrolment.
If your child is beginning the journey of school entry, staff are available to support you through this process which involves completing enrolment documentation, assessment for eligibility and applying for funding through the Program for Students with Disabilities. This funding is used to provide resources to support your child through their years at school.
Students transitioning from kindergarten, interstate or overseas are required to be assessed for eligibility. Students attending Sunshine SDS have a moderate to severe intellectual disability (IQ below 50) together with an Adaptive Behaviour Composite score usually also below 50. Our school fully supports this process which involves
There is no cost to parents for this assessment process.
To enrol your child at our school:
A student’s eligibility for enrolment will be in line with our Enrolment policy – and parents/carers will be advised of the enrolment outcome only after all of the above steps have been completed and validated.
Required documentation includes:
You will also be required to provide information about:
Sunshine SDS encourages Support Services and Children’s Services to visit our school throughout the year to provide information and support to their parent communities.
Please contact or email the school for further information:
Information about school zones, and our designated transport zone, is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. This website hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones.
Students are guaranteed a place at their designated neighbourhood school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address. Enrolment at specialist and specific purpose schools is determined based on the school’s Enrolment policy.
The Department provides guidance for designated neighbourhood schools through the Enrolment: Placement Policy, to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.
Sunshine Special Developmental School is a Child Safe school