South Fremantle Senior High School

Autism Extension Program

Learning Support ProgramsSupported by Autism Education Services, South Fremantle Senior High School is one of only 4 government schools in WA to provide an Autism Extension Program (AEP). Students in years 7-10, who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome, are provided with opportunities and support to achieve their academic goals. The AEP is staffed with one specialist teacher and two experienced educational assistants.

The AEP provides a structure that helps students learn to self-manage their emotions, behaviour and social interactions so that they can successfully achieve in their secondary schooling. Individual education plans are developed that acknowledge and utilize students’ individual talents and interests, to help them succeed in their secondary schooling and beyond. These are typically delivered across 3 settings:

  • Learning in the AEP homeroom
  • Learning in the mainstream school setting
  • Learning in the community

Learning Support ProgramsThe AEP provides a homeroom for students, a place where structured and unstructured learning occurs in a comfortable, supportive and accessible space.

Admission to the AEP is limited and is determined by an independent panel convened in June/July of each year. To be considered, applications for entry into year 7 must be received by June 30th in the year prior to enrolment. The following criteria are relevant to the panel’s considerations:

  • Medical diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Academic capacity of student to understand and cope with grade level content and assessment
  • Capacity of student to independently manage behavior (including the use of prompts/strategies)
  • Capacity of the student to independently manage personal care
  • Transport can be reliably provided to and from the AEP

Contact for further inquiries

Autism Extension Program Coordinator

Ms Elizabeth Love  – 08 9337 0500


AEP Expression of Interest form


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