Our Vision

‘Learning for Life’


 Learning for Life 

At Frankston SDS, students are ‘Learning for Life.’ Central to all teaching and learning programs is the development of skills in communication, independence and social competencies.

Frankston Special Developmental School (SDS) is a unique dual campus School. The main Frankston Campus located in Karingal in the outer southern suburbs of Melbourne, while the residential outdoor Blackwood Campus is in the small township of Blackwood, 80km north-west of Melbourne and 140km from our Frankston Campus. Please follow the below link to find out more about our Blackwood campus. https://www.blackwoodssoec.vic.edu.au/


Our Learning Environment 

Frankston Special Developmental School provides a spacious, friendly, stimulating, caring and secure learning environment for children and young people aged 4 years to 18 years of age who have a moderate to profound intellectual disability.


Our Students

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.


Our Curriculum

A comprehensive curriculum is implemented by our team and all programs are designed to maximise the potential of each student. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) are developed, implemented and reviewed in consultation with parents and or carers. All individual programs are developed and reviewed by a multidisciplinary team where appropriate. 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.

Early Education

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

How to enroll your child at Frankston SDS

How to enroll your child at Frankston SDS

Enrolment at Frankston SDS is based on specific eligibility criteria. Should you wish to discuss eligibility please feel free to contact the school. We look forward to your call.