Alma School guides and assists severe intellectually disabled children to reach their full potential and live with dignity.


We take the liberty of introducing Alma School and our disabled learners to you.


NOTE: Alma School is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with Section 18A Tax Status (tax exemption applicable on donations). Our school relies greatly on donations and sponsorships to ensure our sustainability.





Alma School’s founding dates back to 1963, when parents of disabled children formed a care group, giving one another a bit of free time to accomplish other things. It is now a departmental school, resorting under the Gauteng Department of Education providing special education for severe intellectually disabled children of all races. At present approximately 330 learners attend the school.


We are situated at 407 Eloff Street, Eloffsdal Pretoria. Our registered address is 404 Franzina Street,, Eloffsdal Pretoria.



Alma School is divided into 25 groups / classes divided in different learning phases:

  1. Stimulation phase

    Children in the Stimulation phase are exposed to a sensory stimulation program.

  2. Foundation phase 1

    Learners in this phase are exposed to a stimulation programme as well as a basic perceptual programme.

  3. Foundation phase 2 In this phase learners are exposed to a stimulation program. We also focus on perceptual training.

  4. Foundation phase 3 

    Foundation phase 3 is our curriculum phase. Learners in this phase receive perceptual training and follow an adapted National Curriculum for Foundation phase. The assessment standards are scaled down into simplistic steps. When they have attained their academic potential, we concentrate on life and pre-vocational skills.

  5. School-to-Work Junior phase 

    Learners in this phase follow a programme with the focus on skills training.

  6. School-to Work Senior phase 

    Learners follow the ‘School to Work’ program with the main focus on skills training. Vocational centres expose learners to ‘real life’ situations to be expected in sheltered work places or labour market.

When working with disabled learners it becomes evident that specialised education and therapy go hand in hand in ensuring each individual learner’s optimal development. Our learners need intensive specialised physiotherapy, occupational therapy and teaching which makes it an expensive kind of education.


Our computer laboratory follows a training programme suitable for our special learners to enable them to use computers and give them exposure to new technologies. We have 4x Interactive SMART Boards in respectively our Foundation phase 2 and 3.


Alma School also offers our learners exposure to a variety of both cultural and sports activities. Cultural activities include participation in the school percussion band, wheelchair dancers and choir. The following sports are coached at the school, namely soccer, netball, cricket, karate and golf.


We host two annual sports days. Interspes, where +/- 9 LSEN schools gather to participate in various athletics and sporting items. Soccer and Netball tournament where the schools play knockout rounds to establish the best soccer and netball teams.


Extra help is needed in the classroom for feeding, toilet training, nappy changing and to help learners in and out of their wheelchairs. The salaries for extra staff members are a huge financial outlay.


Alma School manages a feeding scheme that provides a balanced diet to a number of less fortunate learners.  This ensures optimal learning and well-nutritioned children.


Most of the children make use of the school’s transport system. Six mini buses follow routes covering the whole of the Tshwane Metropolitan area. Other learners use private taxis coming from as far as Winterveld, Mabopane, Garankuwa, Soshanguve and Mamelodi. Our learners cannot make use of public transport because of their disabilities. The school has to run this system itself. It involves many financial implications. Many of our parents do not have the financial means to contribute to school fees, in such cases we assist these children and sponsor many.




Our financial needs change from year to year. We are however, currently in need of professional and financial assistance towards:


  • Contributions towards items listed on our wish list.

  • Assistance and contributions towards special projects as listed on our wish list: special projects.

  • Contributions towards our feeding scheme as listed.

  • All aspects regarding the erection of a fully-equipped and functional Therapy centre.

  • Apart from the specific needs as mentioned above, there is also a need for financial support regarding day-to-day running expenses.

We have established the following sustainable projects as a result of our learners’ successful skills development:

  • A tea garden was established from the potential seen in our disabled learners’ kitchen skills.  Our learners, under supervision, assist in the preparation of refreshments, taking of orders and serving of guests.  They also clear the tables and assist with washing the dishes, tidying the area etc.  The tea garden is open every Friday from 09:30 to 11:30, to book please contact Pietman Swanepoel.  Products made by our learners can be bought at the craft shop in the tea garden.

  • Our learners are taught and trained in specific skills to upkeep and maintain a nursery and all its facets.  Alma School has managed to successfully grow and sell plants to commercial nurseries and the public, if interested in our plants contact Pietman Swanepoel.

The school hall and the picnic spot is available for renting for functions.  You can contact Pietman Swanepoel for more information.






Year program for 2017

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