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Our first school opened in Forestvile in 1971. We now operate eight schools in NSW. In 2016, our 9th school and the first school in South Australia was established.

Aspect Comprehensive Approach


Our goal is to provide the best opportunities across Aspect schools for students on the spectrum, through evidence-informed practice that is person-centred and family focused.

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach draws on elements from our approach in Aspect Education with Autism Initiatives (UK)'s Five point Star at its centre which supports us to understand students on the spectrum from their perspective.

Our learning environments are tailored to the needs of our students on the autism spectrum. Classes are small with a high teacher to student ratio and a teacher’s aide appointed to each class. Our goal is to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible and to enable them to succeed in the wider community.

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach recognises the importance of positive behaviour support through environmental accommodations, structured supports, transition planning, transdisciplinary expertise, family involvement and professional learning for staff.

Curriculum-based programs in Aspect schools include considerable detail of any accommodations and adjustments that need to be made in order for students to actively participate in teaching and learning experiences. The accommodations and adjustments are individualised to meet not only the cognitive ability of students, but also to support their autism areas of difference.

Through the years, our schools have been actively involved in research projects with the aim of including positive strategies into our education program.

Autism Research and Awareness in Australia

Programs and supports adopted in the Aspect Comprehensive Approach are based on the best available research evidence. Aspect Schools work closely with Aspect’s own research centre, the Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP), to identify these programs and supports. In partnership with our school staff, our students and their parents and carers, ARCAP also conducts research studies in our schools, to help us develop new and innovative approaches to autism education that will optimise the learning outcomes and quality of schooling for our students.

Our schools

We have nine independent schools across Australia, and nearly 100 satellite classes (classes run by Aspect schools, held in mainstream schools). We educate around 1000 children on the autism spectrum in our schools every year, aged from three years and nine months.

We tailor our learning environments to the needs of students on the spectrum. Class sizes are small with a high teacher to student ratio. All classes include a teacher and a teacher's aide. Our goal is to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible and to enable them to succeed in the wider community.

Terrigal, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Central Coast School

Satellite classes in Terrigal, Toukley, Tuggerah, Wamberal, Woy Woy and East Gosford.

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Thorton, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Hunter School

Satellite classes in Thornton, Waratah West, Abermain, Tarro, Cardiff and Port Macquarie.

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Cobbity, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Macarthur School

Satellite classes in Cobbity, Coffs Harbour, Minto, West Hoxton, Holsworthy, Campbelltown and Alstonville.

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Albury, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Riverina School

Satellite classes in Albury, Albury North, Yenda, and Wagga Wagga.

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Corrimal, NSW (main campus)

Aspect South Coast School

Satellite classes in Corrimal, Barrack Heights, Bellambi, Farmborough Heights, North Wollongong and Kiama.

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Peakhurst, NSW (main campus)

Aspect South East Sydney School

Satellite classes in Kirrawee, Marrickville, Kareela, Menai, Caringbah, Maroubra, Leichardt, Hurstville, Belfield, Regents Park and Auburn.

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Adelaide. SA (main campus)

Aspect Treetop School (SA)

Classes in Ashford.

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Forestville, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Vern Barnett School

Satellite classes in Forestville, Lane Cove, St Ives, Mona Vale and Eastwood.

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Wetherill Park, NSW (main campus)

Aspect Western Sydney School

Satellite classes in Richmond, Smithfield, Kemps Creek, Castle Hill, Lawson, Marayong, Springwood and Schofields.

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Enrolment & Fees

Learn more about the process of enrolling in Aspect Schools. We rely on community support to be able to offer assistance to our students' families in relation to the payment of school fees.

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Aspect Outreach

Aspect’s expertise in the field of autism education is offered to other schools who support students on the autism spectrum through our consultancy and professional development services. Our services can be tailored to suit the support needs of an individual student on the spectrum.

Learn more about supports for students, schools and Professional Development.

Positive Partnerships

Working together with parents, carers and educators of school-aged children on the autism spectrum to provide current, relevant and evidence-base information through workshops and online resources.
Positive Partnerships is a national project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism program, delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

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FAQ

When a position becomes available at the school, all students on the waitlist who can potentially fill the vacancy will be considered. The decision about how to fill the vacancy is made based on a range of considerations.

Aspect’s expertise in the field of autism education is offered to other schools who support students on the autism spectrum through our consultancy and professional development services.

Learn more about supports for students, schools and Professional Development.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme does not cover the cost of school fees. It can be used to assist with additional supports at school.

Learn more about what education supports are funded by NDIS

To attend an Aspect school, a child must be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or hold an eligible Australian visa.

Without the right support, children on the autism spectrum can miss out on the opportunities every child deserves.

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Aspect Schools Prospectus

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Educational Outreach Services

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Educational Outreach Application form

For applications to access Aspect Educational Outreach services in your childs school, please donwload and submit the attached form

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