Day special schools for students with high needs

Special schools give support to students who have high needs. There are 2 kinds of special schools: day schools and residential schools.

Day special schools are part of the schooling network in New Zealand and offer specialist teaching to students who have a high level of need. They teach students from years 1 to 13.

As well as having a base school, many day schools have satellite classes. These classes are in regular schools so students can get the specialist teaching they need in a regular school environment.

Some day special schools also have an itinerant teaching service (also called outreach), where a teacher moves between schools to support students. This means that students can be enrolled at their local school and receive specialist teaching support from the special school.

Day special schools in New Zealand by region

Learn about day special schools in your region from this list of websites. Email contacts are given where there is no website.

Northland

Blomfield Special School and Resource Centre (external link) – Whangarei

Auckland

Arohanui Special School (external link) – Te Atatu South

Carlson School (external link)  – Three Kings

Mt Richmond School (external link) – Otahuhu

Oaklynn Special School (external link) – New Lynn

Parkside School (external link) – Pukekohe

Rosehill School (external link) – Papakura

Sir Keith Park School (external link) – Mangere

Sommerville School (external link) – Panmure

Sunnydene Special School (external link) – Mt Roskill

Wairau Valley School (external link) – Glenfield

Wilson School (external link) – Takapuna

Waikato

Hamilton North School (external link)

Patricia Ave School (external link)

Coromandel

Goldfields School (external link) – Paeroa

Bay of Plenty

Kaka Street Special School (external link) – Tauranga

Kea Street Specialist School (external link) – Rotorua

Hawke’s Bay

Fairhaven School (external link) – Napier

Kowhai School (external link) – Hastings

Manawatu–Wanganui

Arahunga Schoo (external link) l – Wanganui 

Wellington

Kimi Ora School (external link)  

Mahinawa Specialist School (external link) (previously Kapi-Mana) – Porirua 

Nelson

Maitai School (external link)  

Christchurch

Allenvale Special School and Resource Centre (external link)  

Ferndale School (external link)

Waitaha Learning Centre (external link)

Otago

Sara Cohen School (external link) – Dunedin

Southland

Ruru Special School (external link) – Invercargill 

 

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