The Social, Expressive, Arts and Learning Academy, provides special needs children with a therapeutic learning environment, that facilitates, social, emotional, creative expression and learning for individual achievement. 

Our Story

Besides the shortage of decent, and affordable special needs schooling available to parents and children in the North Durban area, Liza and Sandy felt a great need to develop an exciting and creative programme for special needs children.

Meet The Team

Teachers can and do change lives. They can light candles in the darkest mind. They can mould beliefs and behaviours and can determine a life's course. If there’s anyone who is in a position to bring positive change into the world every day, it’s a teacher and every child deserves this champion!

Our Champions

We depend greatly on the generosity of sponsors and other members of the public who support us in many ways. Find out more about our Champions here...

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Social Expressive Arts & Learning

Parents of children with learning disabilities sometimes feel at a loss when it comes to their child’s education. While special needs children have much in common with the typically developing child, they do embody a unique learning profile which requires specific strategies to support learning. Special needs children often require a multi-sensory learning experience, using as many channels of input as possible and involving repetition with expansion and reinforcement of previously learned skills.

Our aim at The SEAL Academy, is to foster and facilitate each child, in a loving and positive environment that offers social, expressive and creative learning opportunities.   As a result, the children develop the necessary skills, attitudes, and values that will eventually enable them to fulfill meaningful and effective roles in society.

We aspire for each student to reach their full potential according to their individual special abilities, empowering them with self-confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Your Fees Include



Learning to swim is a fun experience, great exercise and a terrific esteem builder, no matter the age. Water, provides a sense of freedom and independence.

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Activities, through structured exercise, sports or active play. Behaviours become routines that are likely to continue into adulthood.

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For a child with special needs, art can represent much more than just some fun learning but aids in the development of the critical motor skills.

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Life Skills

Our curriculum includes guided development for skills that are required for daily living. They include self care, baking, and personal well-being.

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We all know how it feels to be overwhelmed. Special needs children have the same challenges that we all do — stress, fatigue, anxiety. 



Most of our children find it difficult to express themselves,  but can do so most eloquently through creative imagination and expression.

Yoga For Strength & Therapy

Imagine a safe space where students can strengthen their bodies, achieve an increase in concentration and in flexibility. Where learning to balance and move their bodies, will assist in developing coordination and reduce stress and anxiety.

Our Team

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Visit Us

Book a visit and view our facilities to find out what our Academy has to offer.


Find all the information regarding the fees and regulations for the 2020 Year intake.


Please complete this form to apply for your child's admission to the SEAL Academy


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