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Inclusive Education

An inclusive education system is a way of thinking and acting that demonstrates acceptance of, and belonging for, all students, regardless of their backgrounds, needs or abilities. It is founded on the belief that all children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources. Inclusive learning is more than just placement of a student - it is about participating, belonging, being engaged in the learning process, and being welcomed and embraced in the classroom.

Behaviour and Academic Strategies

The Behaviour and Academic Strategies Classroom (BASC) is designed to support students with severe emotional/behavioural diagnoses who have had interventions and supports put into place in the regular classroom setting and continue to need a significant level of supports each day. This program has a low student-to-staff ratio, provides a safe environment including individual positive behaviour support plans, modified and/or adapted curriculum individualized for the student and targeted teaching in the area of social/emotional skills and self-regulation.

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is designed for students whose learning needs are best met through hands-on, community and/or workplace experiences. Targeted supports are provided in literacy and numeracy, keeping students engaged in their learning through areas of interest and experiential learning.

Knowledge and Employability 

The Knowledge and Employability program allows students to take courses that will provide them with the opportunities to experience success at school in a program that will allow them to become well prepared for employment, further post-secondary studies, engaged citizenship and life-long learning.  These courses are intended to maximize student success to allow for junior high and high school completion. The program allows for students to enter into RAP and Work Experience for further training in preparation for specific employment opportunities.  Students should be working together with a high school counsellor upon entrance into high school to ensure that they have selected the appropriate courses.

Learning Strategies 

The Learning Strategies Program (LSP) supports students who have average cognitive abilities and significant delays in classroom achievement.  The goal of this program is to improve academic skills and support students in developing strategies that will allow them to manage the goals of returning to the regular program, as they progress to grade level expectations. This program has a primary focus on literacy and numeracy skills in a smaller classroom setting with an increase in targeted instruction specific to individual needs.  Students require a recent psychoeducational assessment including a cognitive assessment and achievement test (preferably the WISC-V and WIAT-III) along with the recommendation from their current school in collaboration with the parents to qualify for this program.

GOALS Program 

The Gaining Occupational and Life Skills (GOALS) program supports students' individual needs and maximizes their personal strengths. Our division offers different classrooms within our GOALS Program that are grouped to allow for students who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe intellectual disabilities to receive adapted programming based on their level of need.  This allows for the teachers and support staff to be able to provide individualized and small group instruction in the areas of literacy, numeracy, engagement and wellness that are appropriate for the student’s academic, social and physical development. 

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