About Us

Waratah SDS provides high quality educational programs for students with significant intellectual disabilities aged 5-18 years.

Waratah SDS is a school which values and respects the individuality of each student. Students who attend our school come from a wide area of Melbourne, including parts of Banyule, Yarra, Moreland, Darebin and the City of Melbourne. The school community encompasses a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Many of our students have associated disabilities including sensory, physical, medical, communication and autism spectrum disorders.

We are committed to achieving the very best educational outcomes for all our students through an individually tailored curriculum. Our school curriculum is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum and addresses the learning areas of literacy, maths, health and physical education, science, technology, humanities, the arts and personal and interpersonal capabilities.  A dedicated multidisciplinary staff ensure students have the best opportunities for success.

A functional and integrated approach is taken to student learning with language and communication a key focus.  Alongside speech we use a range of alternative and augmentative communication systems with opportunities for communication incorporated into all aspects of the school day.

Most importantly We Care!

We Care about :

  • Helping your child succeed
  • The safety and welfare of your child
  • The needs of your family
  • Your child’s social needs and happiness.



Independence for every student, every day, everywhere

Our goal is that when a student leaves the school they will:

  • Have an established communication system
  • Demonstrate appropriate social skills and be able to behave acceptably in a range of situations
  • Demonstrate healthy lifestyle habits
  • Have a range of skills and interests that will enable them to participate in community life.
  • Have a positive self-esteem.


We believe that the best educational outcomes are achieved through a strong school and home partnership. Your child will…

  • Be valued and respected as an individual
  • Learn in a positive and happy environment
  • Develop and achieve success
  • Build on strengths to develop further skills
  • Develop positive self-esteem
  • Be involved in their community.




The school has two campuses. The main campus is in Banksia Street and a Satellite Classroom operates at Brunswick South West Primary School. The main campus in Bellfield is a new purpose built facility comprising bright and spacious learning spaces designed to meet the needs of our students. Classrooms have interactive whiteboards and access to toilets and kitchens. Shared learning areas are designed for specialist programs including art, physical education, technology, Homecrafts and music and these programs are taught by specialist teachers. The school is situated on a large landscaped site consisting of magnificent gardens, playgrounds and outdoor learning spaces.

The school is divided into 4 sections:

Early Years

Middle Years


Satellite Unit