The Victorian College for the Deaf was established in 1860 and is one of Australia’s oldest school for deaf and hard of hearing students. The college provides programs for both primary and secondary aged students.
Some country students reside during the week at a family group home located in the south-eastern suburbs.
The College is located on the corner of High Street and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, three kilometres from the city.
The extensive grounds, including oval, cricket nets, basketball court, tennis court and junior adventure playground.
What makes the Victorian College for the Deaf special?
- Staff who are qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers of the Deaf and support staff who inspire confidence and collaboration amongst the students
- Small class groupings that ensure one-to-one, needs-based, individualised teaching for every child at the College: no child is ‘left behind’
- Regular access on campus to essential specialists including a speech pathologist, educational psychologist and visiting audiologists
- Visual and experiential learning that impacts positively on students’ ability to fully access the syllabus
- Cutting edge, state of the art information and communications technology to develop and deliver class work in visual formats
- Facilitation of transition into mainstream schools where appropriate for individual students
- Holistic care for the students’ health and well-being
- ARTS including visual arts, drama and dance
- AusVELs curriculum with ILP (Individual Learning Plans)
- LOTE Auslan at day / evening
- VET / VCAL / VCE (through distance education)
- Productive Garden Program
- Specialist Camp Programs—Urban Experience; Deaf International Cultural Exchange / Outdoor Education
- Youth Leadership
- Transitional pathways to employment/future educational options
- The advantages of accessing learning through a bilingual (Auslan and English) methodology, ensures that all students can communicate and learn effectively
The Victorian College for the Deaf Affirmation
We affirm that all Deaf children have the right to access equitable education based on best bilingual practices, which includes; instruction in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English.
The College also has access to the state of the art technology provided by the Victorian Deaf Education Institute.