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Saint Augustine's School

Frequently asked questions

Application and enrolment at Saint Augustine's School .

1. When should I apply for a place for my child?

Applications are received from September each year for enrolment the following year. For example, you may make an application from September 2015 for a placement in September 2016.

2. What age do most children start in Saint Augustine's?

Children typically start at any age from 8 years up, but as the students get older there are fewer places and classes are usually full. It is recommended that students start no later than their 13th year.

3. At what age do the students in Saint Augustine's finish school?

Students graduate the June after they turn 18.

4. What qualifications do the students at Saint Augustine's get?

Students sit a small number of Junior Certificate exams in the final year of school. If a student is unable for the stressful exam situation they complete the Junior Certificate School Programme. Students also complete a variety of FETAC certificates at Level 3.

5. I live in Clontarf. Wouldn't it be very difficult to get my child to Blackrock each day?

Your child is entitled to minibus transport until he/she is ready and able to travel by public bus. Once your child is travelling independently he/she will get a pass to use on public transport, including the DART. There is a feeder bus from Blackrock that passes the school.

6. Do the students do their Leaving Certificate?


7. Can I put my child's name down for placement in a few years time?

No, as children's educational needs can change over time. However you are welcome to contact the school at any stage to have an informal discussion about your child with a view to making an application in the future.

8. I live in Tallaght. Can I apply to Saint Augustine’s?

You are strongly encouraged to apply to the special school that is closest to your home, as long commutes are tiring and difficult for children. However if you consider the programmes on offer to be the most appropriate for your child you are welcome to apply. The staff will help you discover if Saint Augustine’s is the most appropriate school for your child.

9. Where are the other school like Saint Augustine's?

  • St Joseph's, Balrothery, Tallaght.
  • Scoil Eoin, Armagh Road, Crumlin.
  • St Michael's, Glenmaroon.
  • Scoil Ciaran, Glasnevin.
  • Newcourt School, Bray.

10. Is there a fee for the school?

No, there is a charge that covers all textbooks, art materials, photocopying, etc. You must buy the child's school uniform, sports requirements, school bag and pencil case.

11. Could my child get a place in the residential facilities?

There is a separate application process for the residential facilities.

12. Is there a charge for the boarding students?

No. Students contribute to their leisure time activities, if there are monetary costs involved.

13. My psychologist said my child was suitable for Saint Augustine's. Does that mean he will automatically get a place?

No. The decision to offer a placement is made at Saint Augustine's and cannot be made by any other professional or agency.


Read more about some frequently asked questions regarding application and enrolment to our school

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