Eligibility Criteria

Tombolo Academy is a specialist school delivering a rich educational program for students with a unique combination of abilities and challenges. These students are defined as twice exceptional.

The criteria on which offers of enrolment at the Tombolo Academy are made are based on meeting all the following criteria:

Family Partnership

Collaboration is one of our values and is a critical component of our work with students and families. There is an expectation for families to work in partnership with us.

Intellectual Ability

An IQ test performed by a recognised psychologist.

A Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), a Stanford-Binet, a Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI)IQ .

FSIQ 90 plus with at least one subtest in the 90th percentile.


Evidence of a disability.

A disability is any recognised by the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

A disability is not restricted to a specific type of child. A certificate of ‘disability’ from a relevant practitioner must be provided before enrolment in the school.


Students should be between 8 and 14 years of age.


Evidence of giftedness or twice-exceptional criteria:

  • Awards in a field recognised by a registered professional organisation.
  • Certificates of achievement above what is expected for their age (from external assessments) – for example, music, coding etc.
  • Examples of work that has been published, such as poetry or other writing examples.
  • An example of a recognised unique solution to a problem.

Engagement and Participation

To meet the criteria for enrolment, students need a demonstrated capacity to engage in the learning environment and participate in lessons independently.


Our students must be able to participate in learning tasks and manage the learning environment without full-time 1:1 support.

If you are unsure whether your child meets these criteria, please contact the school office and arrange a call or meeting with one of our team members to discuss.


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