Special Schools in Bangalore
Every child is special and each special child needs an opportunity. Special schools provide individualized education, addressing specific needs. Here is a list of mainstream schools that also have a special wing for children with special needs.
A special school is a school catering for students who have special educational needs due to severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities or behavioral problems. Special schools may be specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide the appropriate special education for children with additional needs. Students attending special schools generally do not attend any classes in mainstream schools.
Special schools provide individualized education, addressing specific needs. These classrooms are typically staffed by specially trained teachers, who provide specific, individualized instruction to individuals and small groups of students with special needs. The aim of these schools is to enable every child to reach his/ her maximum potential and become independent and socially acceptable. Here is a list of mainstream schools that also run a special school for children with special needs.
Bethany Special School
The Bethany Special School started of as an educational outreach programme for children with physical and mental disabilities. Located in Koramangala, this school that began with just three children now has about forty of them. The curriculum is designed in such a way so as to take care of the cognitive, motor, social and language skills of the children.
The focus is on all-round development, with an emphasis on vocational training, to make the children self-sufficient. The Bethany Special School was established with the objective of assisting differently abled children and making them capable of living independent lives with grace and dignity like everyone else. The Special School endeavors to inculcate both education and vocational abilities to facilitate a happy and independent life for its students.
The Special School curriculum is child centered and parents are involved in the individualized formation of their child’s syllabus. Teaching is on a one-on-one basis. Detailed assessments are done thrice a year and parents are given reports during Parent Teacher meetings. Home visits are an important part of the school curriculum.
Where: 510/A, ST Bed, Koramangala, Phone : 91 80 25634902
Baldwin Opportunity School
Baldwin Opportunity School is a pioneering Institution in the field of Special Education, founded by Miss Anne Tillou and American Missionary in the year 1964. It is an extension of the Baldwin Girls' High School and a Unit of Baldwin Methodist Education Society. Baldwin Opportunity School provides special educational for moderate to mid intellectual-impaired children between 4 and 16 years; also conducts a pre-vocational training programme at the post-secondary level for boys and a home maker course for girls
The classes are divided into Pre-Primary, Primary, Intermediate, Senior I, Senior II, Learning Lab, Home Maker's Class and Pre-Vocational Unit. They also provide opportunity for the students who graduate from the opportunity school to be trained as Teacher Aide to assist the Teacher in classroom activities. Their vision for the students is to educate them, help them to achieve their social needs and to make them independent and responsible individuals in the community with a vocation, which would add a meaning to their life.
Where: 3, Rhenius Street, Richmond Road. Phone: 080 22214514
Sophia Opportunity School
Sophia Opportunity School is an integrated section of Sophia High School, for children with mental retardation. It has an assessment and early intervention programme, an individualized academic programme, training in self-help, social and vocational skills, speech therapy, craft, recreation and sports activities. It has a parent support group, and offers counselling for parents and siblings.
The school also has an 'Infant Stimulation Centre’ for children between 0 - 3 years and the Computer Centre for Special children in the school. Both centres are aimed at enabling Special children to maximize their potential. The Infant Stimulation Centre focuses on providing maximum environmental stimulation during the crucial early years, with a stress on uninhibited exploration and the freedom of choice. This branch also undertakes social action out reach programs, such as work with a street children’s home in Chamarajpet, interaction with the women inmates of Bangalore's Central Jail, a day in rural schools in the Bangalore metro and visits to aged and orphan homes in the area.
Where: 70, Palace Road, Phone: 080 22266825