Diversity Of Learning

With our vision clearly fixed on responding to the individual needs of each of our students, Cabra is a leader in the provision of inclusive education. Our specialised programs, approach and qualified staff, provide highly personalised learning experiences which bring out the best in each of our students.

Our inclusive educational extends across the entire curriculum and year levels, and into many extra-curricular activities.


The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre provides assistance for students with identified learning disabilities and difficulties. Our new Learning Support Centre is a comfortable and welcoming space that students enjoy coming to, conveniently located on the ground floor in the centre of the campus.

Student, caregivers and teachers work together to negotiate an Individual Education Plan (IEP) giving us the opportunity to establish a comprehensive and well-coordinated approach to supporting each child.

The centre is open at lunch times allowing students to access additional help with school work and a quieter space for small groups to interact socially.  Our aim is to support students to become confident and engaged, and to make positive choices towards becoming independent learners.


Named the St Mary’s Unit upon its inception in 1981, the SMU is an integral part of Cabra and provides support and education for students with a diagnosed intellectual disability. There are up to 20 places available, in a new purpose built facility, which includes two classrooms, quiet areas, a garden, kitchen and restaurant as well as accessible bathrooms.

All students are a member of a home class and attend pastoral care with that class. Participation in Cabra extra-curricular activities is encouraged.

The SMU focuses on developing student independence and ability to self-advocate.

The Cabra community is enriched by the SMU students’ enthusiasm, passion and talents.


The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Program provides courses for students which lead on to specific vocational pathways whilst still at school. This training recognised as a part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Training is in an Industry area where students can develop skills, knowledge and gain competency in a nationally recognised qualification.  The training is delivered, assessed and certified by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  Students can access courses through the RTO and can be out of school for training for a whole day, part day or afterschool.  Courses can run for a day or few days, semester and full year or over a longer time frame.

There are possibilities to complete partial and full qualifications. Students may achieve some of the competencies and continue the qualification after school or achieve the full qualification whilst at school.


University Pathways

Cabra works with both Flinders University and Adelaide University to offer students the opportunity to extend themselves and engage with a university course as part of their Year 12 studies.

The University of Adelaide’s Headstart scholarship program gives high achieving students the opportunity to study at university while still in Year 12, and have these university studies count towards their SACE and ATAR. Headstart provides gifted and highly-motivated students with a challenge beyond the Year 12 curriculum and the chance to grow as individuals as they combine secondary school and university studies.

Flinders University’s Extension Studies Program provides a taste of university life for high-achieving South Australian senior secondary school students while also giving the opportunity to complement and extend their SACE studies.



Cabra Dominican College welcomes applications from all families seeking a Catholic education for their children.

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