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In Brisbane and Queensland there are special schools which cater for children with specific disabilities. There are also  schools which specialise in certain areas, such as sport, music or performing arts.


Deaf or Hard of Hearing  and Blind or Visually Impaired Schools in Brisbane and Queensland

Narbethong State Special School offers educational programs to students who are vision impaired, vision impaired with additional disabilities and for those students who are deaf blind. See

Yeerongpilly Centre for Young Deaf Children offers teachers and teacher aides (Queensland Government  Department of Education, Training and the Arts / Education Queensland) speech pathologists, physiotherapist and occupational therapists.

The Disability Services Support Unit (DSSU) is part of the Department of Education, Training and Employment. The DSSU works with education teams in our schools to enhance and facilitate inclusive educational practices with a focus on students with a disability. The DSSU provides a state wide coordinated support service for children who are disabled.

There are also options of primary and secondary school programs that offer extra support to hearing-impaired students in mainstream classes in regular schools. The schools currently offering these programs include:

Primary School

Caboolture East State School

 Cairns West State School

 Miami State School

 Stafford State School

 Toowong State School

 Vincent State School

 Catholic Education Hearing Impairment Services


Secondary School

Caboolture East State School

 Cairns West State School

 Miami State School

 Stafford State School

 Toowong State School

 Vincent State School

 Also see:


Physical/Mental and Learning Difficulties – Schools in Brisbane and Queensland

There are different types of education options in Brisbane and Queensland for children with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, learning difficulties and behavioural problems. Education support is  found within mainstream schools and is under the control of the principal of that school. They generally cater for students with the lowest level of support requirements and who integrate with the mainstream students for some of their educational program.

Special Schools which cater for children with disabilities.

Red Hill Special School provides tailored programs for children and students with complex support needs and is open to children from birth to school leaving age.


Aspley Special School provides tailored programs for secondary students with complex support needs. The school has a focus on learning experiences tailored to prepare students for post-school life.

Nursery Rd Special School in Mt Gravatt West is a coeducational government special school located in the metropolitan location of Holland Park, Queensland which provides programs for students aged 5 to18 years who have been identified as having a disability, and who require specialised programs due to the high level of teaching adjustments in the disability categories of Intellectual Impairment with or without an additional impairment due to a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or who present with multiple impairments. The curriculum focus is on independence, physical health and mobility and communication, with the core curriculum infused with an Arts based approach.

The Glenleighden School at Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane's western suburbs caters specifically for children from preschool through to secondary age with severe childhood language and related disorders and is the only facility of its kind in Australia. The  school provides comprehensive, intensive multi-disciplinary programs which are highly individualised and address the full scope of the students' developmental and learning needs.

Kuraby Special School offers specialist education fro children with intellectual impairment.

Autism Queensland supports Queensland's only two accredited, independent schools delivering Autism-specific education and therapy programs to children diagnosed with Autism between Prep and 18 years of age.

Brighton School

Contact: Amra Bazdar, Principal

Telephone: (07) 3631 6300



Sunnybank School

Contact: Jandee Laidlaw,Principal

Telephone: (07) 3273 0000




Schools which specialise in certain subjects

Queensland schools cater to a range of talents but there are some schools which have a strong musical slant including.

Music Industry College offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to study for their QCE in a tertiary-style environment while focusing on their passion for music.

Gympie State High School runs a strong academic program but also specialises in Country Music.


Specialist Academic Schools

The Queensland Academies offer specialist education in different fields of study.

The Queensland academies aim to accelerate learning opportunities for Queensland's best and brightest students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries at Kelvin Grove operates in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) .

The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Toowong operates in partnership with the University of Queensland.

The Queensland Academy for Health Sciences operates on the Gold Coast in partnership with Griffith University.

The educational program offered by the academies is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program is a world-recognised pre-university qualification and features accelerated studies, extension and enrichment work with universities, industry experience and personal and social development. More information can be found at the Queensland academies website.

The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy works with 25 gateway state schools to offer pathways to careers in the resources sector.

Aviation High works with 13 aerospace gateway state schools working with Aviation High to provide pathways for students seeking careers in aviation or aerospace.

Performing Arts:

Kelvin Grove State College has a strong reputation for specialising in Dance.

There are also many 'centres of excellence' schools specialising in different academic, creative or sporting endeavours such as:

Sports: There are a number of Public/State high schools in Queensland which combine secondary education with focussed sports development programs and excellent sporting facilities such as:

Sunshine Beach State School specialises in Surfing.


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