Creating classrooms where every student is ready to learn and able to thrive.


The purpose of this statement is to provide an overview of The Younity School’s philosophy and aims which are used as the basis for the school’s educational program and as a guide for the school’s educational and organisational practices.

Aligned with the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, this philosophy is grounded in the belief that all young people have the capacity to become confident, creative and resilient individuals, successful lifelong learners, and active and informed community members.

The Younity School provides targeted support and educational excellence for young people aged 10 to 15 during what is referred to as the “middle years” in the education continuum. We recognise the duality of this period—as both a pivotal time of individual growth and learning and yet one where students are at the greatest risk of disengagement.

It is the vision of The Younity School to give young people the best opportunity to maintain their schooling during the middle years and support them and their parents, carers and families to create positive pathways for future education and employment.

The Younity School philosophy
A great place to learn

The Younity School is an independent special assistance school for students aged 10 to 15 years old who:

  • have complex, often multiple, learning and social support needs;
  • experience educational disadvantage; or
  • are disengaged, or are at risk of disengaging, from their learning.

Our guiding philosophy is to support young people and their families to develop positive, meaningful and continuing engagement with learning through the middle years. We do this by delivering flexible, targeted educational programs and holistic support in a safe, inclusive and engaging learning environment.

We aim to be a centre of excellence in special assistance education by delivering programs that are evidence-based; co-designed with young people and their communities; and rigorously monitored and evaluated for continuous improvement.

The Younity School aims

We aim to support students and families to—

  • Explore and develop their individual strengths, abilities and interests
  • Realise their potential as resilient, confident and capable lifelong learners
  • Experience a sense of belonging and connection within the school and wider community
  • Build networks of support and create positive pathways to engage in future education and employment
  • Understand, navigate, and thrive through the physical, emotional and educational transitions of the middle years.

At The Younity School, we cherish diversity and wholeheartedly celebrate the unique differences among us. We are committed to cultivating positive understandings of all people and cultures including Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and all First Nations peoples.