Up with Down’s school was established in 1998 by parents of children with Down Syndrome. The need for special care and schooling for their children was the main aim. Today the school houses children of various special needs. The school is managed by the parents. The aim of the school is to provide a specialized education that will meet the needs of children with special needs.
Up with Downs is a non-profitable organization and operates within a Trust under the supervision of a Board of Trustees.
The school was founded when a few parents saw no alternative for their children, other than sending them far away to live in a hostel environment.
The school acknowledges each child’s own potential and works in collaboration with the parents to build each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Children from 5 years of age and upwards can apply for acceptance into Up with Downs School. The acceptance criterion is based on the age of the child and the manageability of the child within the classroom setting. A two week probationary period for all new children is required for the sole reason that all children must benefit from the program that the school offers, intellectually, emotionally and behaviourally.
Entrance into the Adult program is for adults 18 years of age or older. These adults can be graduating students from Up with Downs or adults from outside the school.
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The staff’s vision at Up with Downs is to create a safe haven for special needs children, where each person can develop at his/her pace into a valued member of society.
From humble beginnings in 1998, the Up with Downs school in George has grown into a sought after facility that provides an education tailored to the individual need of each and every one of its special needs students. In a small, loving but structured environment, our staff encourage all learners to reach their full potential and become the very best that they can be.
1998 The moms of four young Down Syndrome girls stared a ‘play group’. Nicole Seegmuller, Christi Steyl, Annika Boshoff and Laiken Fyfe
1999 the group moved to an outbuilding at de Bult High School
2000 moved to Swindel Cottage behind the Anglican Church
2005 the Up with Downs Trust was formed, and registered as a Non Profit Organisation
2006 moved into the current school building, 25 Pieter Theron St
2008 opened a school hostel at 23 Pieter Theron St. The Van Geel Family Foundation funded the renovations
2009 the Van Geel Family Foundation purchased the hostel property from the C.C. and donated it to The Up with Downs Trust
2011 original Adult Centre was opened thanks to the Oubaai Invitational Golf Tournament
2014 26 Pieter Theron St. was purchased and is ear marked for a full time adult home
2016 current Adult Training Centre, 27 Pieter Theron was purchased by Anchor Your Life, an American based ministry
2018 Celebrating 20 Years!
2019 Working towards building the Adult Home