Mater Dei School offers small class groupings with Pastoral Teachers responsible for successful teaching and learning situations in Religion Education and all Key Learning Areas. Functional and academic programs are delivered with students receiving instruction individually, in small groups and whole class settings. Pastoral Teachers facilitate students' Individual Service Plans (ISPs) for students from Kindergarten to Year 9 and Individual Transition Plans (ITPs) for students in Years 10 and 11. The Teachers then prepare, teach, assess and evaluate students' Individual Education Programs (IEPs). Students participate in various aspects of Mater Dei School's inclusion program such as Community Access, Inclusive Schooling and Structured Work Placement.
Mater Dei School's curriculum is based on Board of Studies courses that are adjusted according to the priority outcomes of the students' ISPs. Incorporated into the Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory Programs offered at Mater Dei School, is the Year 11/12 Satellite Class. The Satellite Class gives senior students an opportunity to access an educational program for three days a week on a mainstream campus and two days per week at Mater Dei School. To view an article that appeared in the May 2007 Matters Magazine which highlights the success of this program please click here.
Mater Dei is accredited to offer the School Certificate (Life Skills) to students in Year 10 whilst students in Year 11 access the Preliminary Certificate (Life Skills) and students in Year 12, the Higher School Certificate (Life Skills). Mater Dei School offers the Vocational Education & Training (VET) course, Business Services, that is recognised by Industry and the Board of Studies.
Click here to read an article on the Direct Instruction Literacy Initiative that commenced at Mater Dei in Term 2, 2012.