SAAS’ customised curriculum emphasises social-emotional learning, communication, functional literacy and numeracy, and daily living and vocational skills. To enhance students’ holistic development, these learning domains are complemented by the expressive arts, adaptive physical education, and Co-curricular Activities (CCAs).
Developed at SAAS, the curriculum aims to prepare students for life after graduation. The functional academic domains, which include literacy and numeracy, help students acquire a solid grounding to access the wider curriculum. Daily living skills focus on self-care, home living, community mobility, and recreation. The vocational domain focuses on development of work behaviours as well as basic knowledge and skills in areas such as food preparation and horticulture. Social and emotional learning supports students to manage emotions, develop and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
We believe in every child’s voice and encourage multi-modal communication. With input from professional staff, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Psychologists, a team of school staff assesses each student’s communication profile at regular intervals. SAAS also guides and supports caregivers in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at home and in community settings.
We encourage our students to be contributing members of the community by volunteering and participating in community events. Engaging with the community fosters partnership and trust, and helps connect our students with the wider community.
Transition Planning begins when students are 13, helping them prepare to lead productive lives after school. Students participate in our school-based vocational programmes, community engagement, as well as internships and work attachments with industry partners. Work-capable students enter the School-to-Work (S2W) Programme, a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, SG Enable, the Ministry of Social and Family Development, that helps bridge the transition to the workplace.
SAAS offers a wide range of CCAs to cater to students’ interests and abilities, including uniformed groups, sports and non-sports activities. CCAs enable development of communication, interaction, and leadership skills. CCAs can also be a platform for SAAS to form Satellite Partnerships with mainstream schools in inclusive programmes, enabling our students to interact with their mainstream school peers.
Sports and Aesthetics
Music and art help students develop fine motor and concentration skills, while Adaptive Physical Education (ADPE) and dance enhance physical development and sports skills. They also enable students to engage in healthy recreation and leisure, and help them build confidence.