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All government schools provide a consistent core curriculum for their students. Some schools also focus on a specific interest or talent.
All schools have standard enrolment procedures. Some schools also have a selection process for entry into their specialist programs. To find out what’s involved, you can contact the individual school.
All primary schools are required to offer a language program.
Some primary schools offer specialist programs beyond the core curriculum requirements. For example, a school might focus on the arts, sport, the environment and/or specific academic areas. You can contact individual schools in your area to find out more.
There is a lot to think about when trying to find a school to meet your child’s needs. The information about choosing a primary school can help.
There is a list of some of the secondary schools that offer specialist programs or are special interest schools. If there is a specific secondary school you are interested in, you’ll need to contact the individual school directly.
Many secondary schools also offer language programs.
A special interest school or special program has activities that:
- are a key focus in the school and meet an identified need
- are sustainable by the school over an extended period of time
- provide students extra learning opportunities (that aren’t usually available in schools).
This is not the same as special education. There is separate information about support for children with special needs.