Special Education is provided at C.V.D.C.S in both the Elementary (Grades 7 and 8) and Secondary panels.
Overview of Services
While the responsibility for special needs students lies with the classroom teacher, the resources of the Special Education Resource Teacher (S.E.R.T.) are made available when required.
The S.E.R.T. provides assistance in the following areas:
- providing support to the classroom teacher
- advocating for the special needs student
- administering educational assessments
- requesting psychological assessments
- providing resource withdrawal
- facilitating the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.)
- facilitating the Identification Placement and Review Committee (I.P.R.C.)
- providing Learning Strategies techniques
- Elementary Services
At the elementary level (grades 7 and 8) special needs students continue to be part of the regular class with resource support. Special needs students also have access to the elementary resource room. The room is used for many purposes including the use of assistive computer technology, completion of classroom assignments, individual instruction by the S.E.R.T. and a quiet room for test writing.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (Games and activities for all levels in mathematics)
English Language Centre Study Zone (Activities to help reading, writing and grammar)
At the secondary level, special needs students can earn up to four credits in Learning Strategies with one course designated as compulsory. The course codes are: GLE1O, GLE2O, GLE3O, and GLE4O.
Learning Strategies Courses, Skills for Success in Secondary School, help students become better, more independent learners while increasing their personal management skills. Students will learn how to develop and apply a range of strategies to improve their literacy, numeracy, communication, and planning skills. The courses are designed to increase a student’s confidence, motivation and the ability to learn. The Learning Strategies courses help students develop skills in the following areas:
- numeracy and literacy
- study and test preparation
- goal setting
- inquiry and research
- work search
- computer use including assistive technology
- Assistive technology
These computer programs are available for special needs students at both the elementary and secondary level. There are a variety of computer programs that level the playing field for special needs students.
At present, the following programs are available in the resource rooms: