About Us

Kaka Street Special School is a school for students from the age of 5 to 21 years. We are the leading provider of education for students with special educational needs in the Western Bay of Plenty. We provide a specialised curriculum designed to meet the unique characteristics of our students.

Our school is situated in the Tauranga’s beautiful Avenues and was first opened in 1965. Our students have conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Brain damage, Down ’s syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. These students also have communication or hearing disorders, visual impairments, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, behavioural disorders and multiple disabilities. All our students are well educated in a safe, friendly and happy environment. We have superb facilities, including our own heated swimming pool. Our dedicated staff have regular Professional Development to ensure they are up to date with current practice in many special needs areas, school curriculum and Key Competencies.

There are four classes at our Base School in Kaka Street, three Satellite classes and two offsite classrooms. The Satellites are based at Te Puke Primary School, Merivale Primary School and Tauranga Intermediate School and Brookfield Primary. We have a unit at Papamoa College for years 7 to 13. The Transition Group are based in Courtney Road.


Te Puke Transition Group Merivale Intermediate


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Our vision

Our vision is to provide opportunities for each student to access learning at their level and develop to their full potential as learners and members of their community in New Zealand. As our Mission states ‘Growing together, fulfilling our potential in a specialised learning environment’ is what underpins our vision for the students at Kaka Street Special School. This education should reflect individual abilities, individuality and respect their dignity. It should also challenge our students to embrace their learning with confidence, connectedness, to be involved and encourage them to see that learning is a lifelong process.



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