Our Special Education Programs and Services
Special Education programs and services are available for students who require special assistance to achieve success with the curriculum. We develop these programs based on the individual needs of students. We will continually assess and adjust these programs as the need arises.
Our Board has a philosophy of inclusion that is central to the delivery of our Special Education programs and services – we strive to nurture a sense of belonging for all of our students.
We encourage you to take a look at our Special Education Review Update (pdf format) which will provide you with some additional information about how we are making improvements to benefit learning for our students.
The Guiding Principles of our Special Education Program:
- Each student is a unique gift from God with the right to an education in a caring and sharing Catholic learning environment. Each student is a valued and respected member of the school community
- Inclusive education responds to the diverse learning styles of each student where every kind of learning is valued
- An inclusive Catholic school culture nurtures a respectful and collaborative community that plans and problems solves together with students, parents, teachers, staff and those within the extended community
- Students are capable of learning and achieving to the best of their ability and are able to contribute and benefit from meaningful participation in the life of their school
- Educating our children is not only a basic human right, it is also the vehicle for social inclusion and social change
The Team Approach
Educators and support staff use a variety of instructional approaches to deliver programs to their students. If a teacher needs support to meet the diverse learning needs of their students, they will work with what we call a collaborative school team to help determine the best possible resources and supports. The team often consists of parents, teachers, educational assistants, principal and perhaps other Board resource support staff. This team approach is recognized as a proactive and effective way to determine class resources and provide supports where the need is greatest.
Your role as your child's primary care-giver and educator makes your involvement very important. Education truly is a partnership between home and school, where the ultimate goal is providing the best learning experience for your child.
If you believe that your child requires a special resource, program or support, we urge you to take a look at the Team Referral Process chart which explains our team approach to assessing students' learning needs.
We also urge you to check out additional information regarding our special education programs and services.