Welcome to Frankston SDS
  • Caring – For others in our classroom, school and the wider community.
  • Respect – For yourself and others, being kind and learning our school rules.
  • Sharing – With others, taking turns and working with others.
  • Individuality – Being the best you can and doing the best you can.

From the Principal

Welcome students, parents, friends and visitors to Frankston Special Development School.

We are very proud of our school and believe it offers our students a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Our website will provide you information of the large variety of educational programs we offer our students to support their learning needs.

If you have any questions or would like a school tour please call me on (03)9789 6844.

Enjoy the read!

Scott Tucker


About Us

Frankston Special Developmental School provides a spacious, friendly, stimulating, caring and secure learning environment for children and young people aged 2 years and 8 months to 18 years of age who have a moderate to severe intellectual disability.

Our students learn in active, practical and meaningful ways and the school aims to develop each child’s ability academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Our staff are dedicated and qualified professionals who are experienced in working with children with special, varied and often complex needs to provide the best education, self esteem and independence building opportunities for the students.

A comprehensive curriculum is implemented by our team and all programs are designed to maximise the potential of each individual student. Individual Education Plans are developed, implemented and reviewed in consultation with parents and other relevant personnel. All individual programs are developed and reviewed by a multi disciplinary team where appropriate.

Access is available to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy where appropriate. Across the school there are varied communication methods used (Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System, Cued Articulation).

Some of the programs the students participate in are Art, PE, Library, Cooking, Speech Therapy, Swimming PMP, Information Technology, Dance, Gardening, Advance Bridge and Challenge, (Duke of Ed), Music, Travel Training and Independent Living Skills.

The Early Education Program is a specifically designed program for pre school children with a significant developmental delay and has a developmental play focus with ongoing assessment. Formal and informal assessment is also a feature.


  • Art and craft room
  • Home-crafts rooms
  • Multi-sensory rooms
  • Library
  • Fully equipped gymnasium
  • Outdoor gymnasium
  • Basketball/tennis court
  • Extensive grounds
  • Two purpose built adventure playgrades
  • Three school owned buses


  • Individualised iPads for every student, used for communications, ILP's, videos of students working towards their goals, home/school correnspondence.
  • Frankston SDS TV station "METV" for video modelling of skills, school values and rules
  • Interactive Whiteboards and muliple desk-top computers in every classroom

Early Education Program

Frankston Special Developmental School offers an Early Education Program specifically designed for pre-school children with significant develpmental delay. The program caters for children aged between 2 years 8 months and 4 years 8 months at the 1st January of the year of entry.

The program is located in the East Karingal Kindergarten, in close proximity to Frankston SDS, offering unique opportunities for inclusion. It is run by staff qualified in both early childhood and special education.

The program offers:

  • A developmental play focus with ongoing assessment.
  • Inclusion with mainstream children in the East Karingal Kindergarten.
  • Access to physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy.
  • Toliet training program.
  • Varied communcation methods eg, Picture Exchage Communcation System, Cued Articulation, Auslan.
  • Independent living skills.
  • Parent Support.
The school supports the families in choosing an appropriate school age placement.

How to enrol:

  • Contact the school
  • Provide any relevant information/assessment
  • Proof of eligibility (evidence of a developmental delay)


The Futures For Young Adults (FFYA) program was implemented in 1996 to assist students aged 18 years and over to move from school to adult options such as a disability specific support program.

Frankston SDS have staff available to assist families with the transition from school to adult services.

Commonly used services that service our local area include:

  • Kankama (Mornington)
    Contact Marcus 5975 2800
  • P.A.S.T. ( Langwarrin / Cranbourne/ Frankston/ Hastings)
    Contact Kath Moody 9775 7333
    Website: www.past.org.au
  • Ozanam (Mornington)
    Contact Dianne Fielding
    Website: www.ozanamenterprises.org.au
  • Karingal (Rosebud, Mornington & Frankston)
    Contact Ann-Marie Bassett 9786 6215
    Website: www.karingal.org.au
  • Wallara
    Contact Rebecca 03 9792 2985
    Website: www.wallara.com.au


Please feel free to contact the school should you be. enquiring about a possible enrolment on (03) 97896844.
You will need to provide any relevant information and/or assessments.
Eligibility for enrolment at Frankston SDS will require evidence of a moderate to severe intellectual disability.

Term Dates

TERM 1 - 28th January – 24th March
TERM 2 – 11nd April – 224th June
TERM 3 – 11th July – 16th September
TERM 4 – 3th October – 20th December

Phone: (03) 9789 6844

Fax: (03) 9776 5824

Email: frankston.sds@edumail.vic.gov.au

Address: Sassafras Drive, Frankston, Victoria, 3199