The school provides education to students from 3 to 21 years old.
Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||8 students / class|
|Maximum||12 students / class|
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|Average number of students per class||
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Students of all ages at MSIS within the school, work with information technology that will support and enhance their learning. Interactive Whiteboards, iPads and touch tables augment student engagement with learning while staff employ appropriate use of information technologies and the associated software in order to assist in the achievement of students’ individual learning goals.
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|Students can join after academic year begins||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
MSIS provides a wonderful performing and visual arts inspired curriculum and therapy programmes for children with special needs aged 3-21 years. We are a small, safe, and family-friendly school that caters for children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, vision impairment, hearing impairment, mental health condition or autism.
Specialist programmes include art therapy, music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work/psychology.
|School start time||
Full day: 8:30 am
|School finish time||
Full day: 3:00 pm
|Sports activities included||
Physical education is taught from early years to the transition years. In the early years, students learn such skills as turn taking, comprehending and following instructions through games. Through the able assistance of the school physiotherapist the children have the opportunity to learn and practice basic stretches and exercises.
|Sports facilities at the school||
Playground, outdoor in-ground trampoline, indoor ball pool, obstacle course, PT and OT equipment, indoor trampoline, yoga area, wrestling mats and gymnastic mats.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Melbourne Specialist International School is a school for students with special needs. MSIS prides itself in being inclusive. Students who come to MSIS have found it difficult to adapt to the educational and social demands of mainstream facilities. Some have unidentifiable learning disorders. MSIS develops its student’s individual capabilities through the delivery of a Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Programme. MSIS uses the disciplines of Dance, Music, Art, Drumming and Drama as the tool to teach students functional Numeracy, Literacy, Social Skills, Independent Living Skills and Pre-Vocational Skills.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The student programs at MSIS are influenced and informed by a range of professionals. Classroom Teachers, as well as Specialists Teachers in the areas of Dance, Music, Art, Drumming and Drama work with Therapists collaboratively within a shared co-teaching environment. That is, the therapists work in the classroom to demonstrate and teach staff how to use appropriate therapy approaches with your children. This enables professional skills and knowledge to be imparted to the class teacher. The teacher is then able to utilise appropriate therapy strategies consistently throughout the day and week to meet the individual needs of all the students in their classes.