Structured Teaching Classroom (Elementary)

Placement Options 4 and 5

Sometimes, a student’s profile indicates that a specialized class would best suit his or her needs. The Structured Teaching Class is a Community Class for students with developmental disabilities who are on an alternative academic program. The emphasis is on functional skill development in literacy and numeracy.  In addition, the program encompasses refining students’ daily living and employability skills, social skills and communication skills. Elements of Structured Teaching methods are introduced to increase student independence and to prepare the students as they transition to secondary school. Students participate in many events and activities offered in a regular school day.  Structured Teaching Classes are for students in grades 5 to 8.

Essential Skills Class (Elementary)

The Essential Skills classes for students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities place an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. The students in these classes work on a modified curriculum in math and language arts. The same modifications and accommodations occur in science, history or geography depending on the student IEP. Students learn social skills and life skills to become more independent. Self- advocacy and the use of technology are also a focus of the class. Students are usually integrated for a portion of the day to be with their same age peers for subjects such as music, art, religion, gym, drama and dance. Essential Skills Classes are for students in grades 5 to 8.

Community Living Class (Elementary)

There is currently one special education classroom that serves elementary students identified as Multiple and/or Intellectual: Developmental Disability. The Community Living Class is for students with mixed exceptionalities. This class rarely exceeds 6 students. The admission criteria for this class is heavily weighted in favour of students who are medically fragile, are not ambulatory and require support for feeding and toileting, and in some cases, nursing care. Community Living Classes are for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.  The class is currently located in Oakville. 

Life Skills (Secondary)

The Secondary Life Skill Program is designed for students who are working on alternative (non-credit) curriculum with post-secondary goals of supported living and/or supported employment. Students may have a special education placement of ‘Special Education: Full-Time’, ‘Special Education: Partial’ or ‘Special Education: Withdrawal’. Integration is based on special education placement as determined by IPRCs and in consultation with parents. Education goals focus on the improvement of employability or leisure skills. All students work on literacy and numeracy goals with a special education teacher on a daily basis.

Specialized Classes for Gifted Students (Elementary)

Specialized classes for students identified as ‘Gifted’ provide opportunities for growth and friendship with students from regular classes as well as from like ability peers in a contained class setting. Modifications of pace, depth and complexity will be provided according to the grade level Ontario curriculum.  In order for a student to be considered eligible for gifted programming, his/her intellectual functioning must fall in the very superior range, at or above the 98th percentile as indicated on an appropriate full-scale psycho-educational assessment or relevant sub-tests as determined by the supervising psychologist or psychological associate. Students formally identified as Intellectual: Gifted in Grades 5 to 8 are eligible to attend.