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Mackay District Special School

Welcome to Mackay District Special School. This school has a history of catering for students with a diverse range of abilities and specific educational requirements. In 2014 our enrolment reached 88 students from prep to year 12 and there continues to be an upward trend with enrolments sitting presently on 99.

At Mackay District Special School we are committed to providing a caring environment that provides quality, individualised, needs-based programs in an alternative setting from P-12, where each student is encouraged and supported to reach their full potential. We deliver equitable opportunities for students with diverse needs.

We aim for quality educational outcomes, which will enable students to access the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in present and future society. We aim to provide the best possible climate where the whole school community can feel safe and happy, through skilled, sensitive interpersonal relationships.​

Our AIP 2017 outlines where we are going and is a living document that is continually evolving.

As part of an initiative to improve student learning in Queensland state schools, school reviews are conducted in every Queensland state school to provide quality feedback on how the school is performing and to inform school planning processes. Please view the executive summary from the 2016 Reviewer's Report, also the fact sheet for parents and carers, the executive summary and the five-page profile for the 2014 Discipline Audit.
Please view the information guide for parents (PDF, 1291 KB) for further information regarding special education services provided by Education Queensland.
Under the Investing for Success, Mackay District Special School will receive $48,474. The focus is on moving our Extended General Capability Literacy 1a-b learners to becoming 1c learners. This will enable this cohort of students to then engage in the language of maths. 
During 2016, we will focus on maximising the benefits of this funding for our students.  After reviewing our 2015 Great Results Guarantee agreement, it is clear that we were on track to meet or exceed our targeted student outcomes. We continue to implement our strategies to ensure that every student succeeds. Refer to



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