Residential specialist schools (RSS)
Residential specialist schools are for students with educational needs relating to: vision, hearing, and socialisation, behaviour, and learning.
- RSS enrolments
- Schools for students with social, behaviour and/or learning needs
- School for students who are blind or have low vision
- Schools for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
All RSS enrolments are made by entering into a Specialist Education Agreement.
To find out how to access a residential specialist school, contact your local office.
The following 3 schools are for students:
- aged from 8-15 (Year 3-10)
- who have social, behaviour and/or learning needs that are highly complex and challenging.
These needs impact in home, school and community settings. Local learning support services have been accessed and are unable to meet needs.
|Westbridge Residential School(external link)||Co-educational||Waitakere City|
|Halswell Residential College(external link)||Co-educational||Christchurch|
|Salisbury School(external link)||For girls||Nelson|
Young people can either access a RSS enrolment through:
- RSS only access pathway without IWS support, or
- RSS access pathway with IWS support (additional support through the Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)).
Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (BLENNZ(external link)) runs a national network with resource centres across the country. It also provides residential placements at Homai. These placements are for students who need residential programmes to support their learning.
Support for students who are blind or who have low vision provides more information about BLENNZ.
Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand(external link) provides a national network of services for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They provide support for these students in their local schools through their Resource Teachers Deaf service. They have residential options, early childhood support and resource centres.
Support for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides more information about Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education.
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