Special Education

Special Education

Special Education

Overview of Services

While the responsibility for special needs students lies with the classroom teacher, when required the resources of the Special Education Resource Teacher (S.E.R.T.) are made available.

The S.E.R.T.:

  • provides support to the classroom teacher
  • advocates for the special needs student
  • administers educational assessments
  • requests psychological assessments
  • provides resource withdrawal
  • facilitates the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) and the Identification Placement and Review Committee (I.P.R.C.)
  • provides Learning Strategies techniques

Students identified with special needs can earn up to four credits in Learning Strategies with one course substituted as a compulsory credit.

Learning Strategies courses, Skills for Success in Secondary School, help students become more independent and efficient learners, while increasing their personal management skills.

The courses are designed to increase a student’s confidence, motivation and ability to learn and develop skills in the following areas:

  • numeracy and literacy
  • communication
  • study and test preparation
  • organization and planning
  • goal setting
  • self-advocacy
  • inquiry and research
  • computer use including assistive technology

Assistive Technology

There are a variety of computer programs available for students with special needs.

Literacy Development Resources

Levelled Literacy Intervention classes support students with below grade-level literacy skills.
Lexia support for students with needs in literacy.

Kurzweil 3000
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Co Writer
Write Out Loud
Ultra Key
Smart Ideas
Text Help
Inspiration