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ASPIRE – An Illawarra Private School for Wollongong Children with Autism & Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disability

Cedars Christian College have opened a small school called ASPIRE for students with an intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This new Illawarra School for Special Purpose is just 10 minutes south of Wollongong, retains strong integration into the Cedars’ mainstream school and community, all whilst allowing maximum support for its neuro-developmental and intellectually disability students. Each ASPIRE student will have a unique plan created for their academic, emotional and social needs.

Cedars ASPIRE school is structured in such a way to allow maximum support for its students, but also strong integration and support into the Cedars’ school community.

ASPIRE offers a tailored, unique education dedicated to Illawarra children with ASD and mild to moderate intellectual disability.

ASPIRE – An Illawarra Private School for Wollongong Children with Autism & Intellectual Disability

The ASPIRE Learning Plan will ensure each child is uniquely catered for and crucially, each student is also part of the wider Cedars Schooling experience, removing the sense of isolation or exclusion. 

There has been a deliberate decision by Cedars new school ASPIRE, to run specialised classes with Special Education Teachers whilst integrating students effectively into the wider school. The Cedars ASPIRE Team led by Mrs Vanessa Bradford, are ensuring each student can flourish in a blended mainstream and specialist school environment. ASPIRE offers each student the rich benefits of mainstream school and community but with specialist, individualised support.

Disability & Education in the Illawarra – What ASPIRE will offer to support each child

Cedars Christian College, known as forward thinking leaders in Illawarra education, ASPIRE builds on this to ensure Special Education Teachers can effectively deliver a tailored plan for each student for educational, social, emotional and critical life and independent living skills. Small class sizes and specialist teaching staff help each child to thrive. It offers a new private education opportunity for Illawarra ASD (Level 1/2) & intellectually disabled families.

Why Consider ASPIRE & Cedars Christian College for your child

ASPIRE – An Illawarra Private School for Wollongong Children with Autism & Intellectual Disability

Every child desires to belong. Every parent aches for their child to fit in, have friends, be loved, be safe, and find success in life. ASPIRE’s goal is to deliver this for each and every child.

In 2024, ASPIRE will cater for Illawarra ASD & Intellectually disabled students in years 3-6. If you wish to enquire, contact Cedars ASPIRE on 02 4258 0400 or [email protected] 

Early enrolment and enquiry is strongly recommended due to the class size limits. ASPIRE will grow over the next 5 years to cater for up to 50 students from Years 3-12.

ASPIRE Parent Testimonial:

It’s a challenge as a parent to know what school will work best for your child,

Yet here I sit writing a testimony as a parent of a child who is nearing the completion of her first year of attending ASPIRE.

What an amazing year it has been!

Our daughter’s independence, self-confidence, and her ability to try has grown exponentially as a result of attending ASPIRE.

A smaller class size, individually set learning goals, smaller special education trained teacher to student ratio and regular consultation with parents, are just some of the blessings that have worked in achieving growth in our daughter at school this year.

Peter & Hayley Macfarlane

For any parents wishing to find the right school for their unique child, please make contact with Cedars ASPIRE. They take a holistic approach to education knowing it results in empowering and equipping students to achieve greater success and fulfilment in their lives. Start a plan for your child’s future today here.

ASPIRE – An Illawarra Private School for Wollongong Children with Autism & Intellectual Disability

Thank you to Cedars Christian College for sponsoring this article so more Illawarra parents can be aware of this educational option.

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