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Special Education Department

Special Education at Richmond Hill High School
 
Richmond Hill High School has a range of Special Education programs to meet and enhance the needs of students identified as exceptional through the IPRC process (Identification, Placement and Review Committee). Students receive an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that outlines the specific accommodations needed as decided by a psycho-educational assessment by a qualified psychologist.  
 
 
 
Special Education Programs (Placement into all programs is decided by an IPRC).   
 
 
The Gifted Program:
 
The Gifted Program is available in grades 9 and 10 for those students identified as Intellectually Gifted.  Based on Ministry curriculum expectations, differentiation is provided through depth, breadth and pace to address student learning needs and styles.  Courses offered at the Gifted level are Math, English, Science, Geography and French in Grade 9, and Math, English, Science, History and French in Grade 10.  Students must choose 4 or 5 courses at the Gifted level in order to be in the Gifted program. Some departments offer AP (Advanced Placement) courses in grade 11 and 12 which may continue to provide the enriched learning opportunities for Gifted students after the completion of the Gifted program in grade 10.
 
 
 
Learning Strategies (GLE1O/GLE2O) Skills for Success in Secondary School:
 
These courses focus on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners.  Students have to opportunity to learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, interpersonal and teamwork skills.  The course aims to help students build more confidence and motivation in order to pursue opportunities for success in high school and beyond.  The grade 9 course is designed to meet the needs of students transitioning to high school, while the grade 10 course also emphasizes preparation for the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test).
 
 
 
Learning Strategies (GLE3O) Senior Learning Strategies:
 
This course aims to continue to build on and improve the student’s learning and personal management skills, and to cope effectively with the curriculum in all subject areas.  Topics also include preparation and planning for successful transitions to work, training and post-secondary education.
 
 
 
Program for Developmentally Disabled Students:
 
In this non-credit program, developmentally disabled students are taught functional academic and life skills through an individualized curriculum to support their specific needs.  Program goals are achieved by appropriate social, community and academic integration (including work experience).  Basic living skills, communication skills, social skills, transit training and community exploration provide the foundations for student achievement and independence.
 
 
 
Program for Multiple Exceptionalities:
 
This is a non-credit program for students with a combination of learning or other disorders, impairments or physical disabilities. Emphasis is on the devel­opment of literacy, numeracy, personal, social, communication and practical living skills. Learn­ing opportunities motivate each student to reach a maximum level of indepen­dence and citizenship. 
 
 

 

 

 
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