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Special Program Services

Services Available for Students with Special Education Identifications

(as determined by an IPRC)

Indirect Support

Indirect Support is a monitoring level of service provided to students who are placed in the regular classroom.  The Special Education Resource Teacher, in consultation with the classroom teacher, monitors the student's progress and makes program adjustments.

Resource Assistance

Resource Assistance is provided in the classroom by the Special Education Resource Teacher on a regular basis.  Instructional interventions, modifications and/or accommodations are provided and continually assessed and evaluated by the classroom teacher and/or the Special Education Resource Teacher.

Withdrawal Assistance

Withdrawal Assistance must include a Learning Strategies credit course in one semester and accommodations as set out in the IEP, provided by the classroom teacher in other courses.

Recommended Courses:

Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School

(Grades 9/10)

These courses focus on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners.  Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community.  These courses help students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.

Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School

(Grades 11/12)

These courses improve students' learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training, and/or postsecondary education destinations. Students will access their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy, and research skills and personal management techniques to maximize their learning. Students will investigate trends and resources to support their postsecondary employment, training, and/or education choices and develop a plan to help them meet their learning and career goals.

Partially Integrated Community Classes

Students are offered placements in these programs by the Central Board Office and placement occurs through an IPRC.


Autism​ Spectrum Disorder Program (ASD)

This is a non-credit program based on Ministry curriculum guidelines that are modified or alternative to the curriculum, as set out in the Individual Education Plan.  The program places emphasis on the development of literacy, numeracy, personal and social skills, communication skills, culinary skills, money management, transit training and community exploration, and work experience.  The program provides a balance between academics and learning opportunities which promote and challenge each student to reach a maximum level of academic achievement, independence, and citizenship.


Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABI)

The Acquired Brain Injury Program is a non-credit program and the only one of its kind in Ontario at the secondary level.  This program addresses the strengths and needs of students who have sustained a brain injury. The program offers individualized programs, adapted equipment and materials, and Applied Behaviour Analysis methods designed to help learners achieve a high level of self-sufficiency and success in school and the community.  


Intensive Support Program

This non-credit program focuses on integration, literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, advocacy, problem-solving and critical thinking skills through an individualized program.  Students are involved in authentic experiential learning opportunities that may include job shadowing, job twinning, and community-based work experience opportunities.

Social Opportunities for students

  • ​Supervised lunchrooms are provided daily for students. The department has also created a separate​ supervised safe space for students who attend the cafeteria for lunch, to spend time in should they wish to do so for part of lunch.
  • ​Peer Buddies Program is a student run club supported by staff advisors.   The club provides opportunities for students to interact in a positive meaningful way with their mainstream peers.  Students are paired up and make a commitment to spend at least one hour per week with their buddies.  During the weekly get together​, students participate in a wide range of activities include eating lunch together, conversation, playing cards and boards game, to name a few.  The entire club also meets twice a semester for larger celebrations such as the Introduction Luncheon, the Winter Holiday Party, March Break and the end of year Best Buddies Prom.
  • ​Students will have the various opportunities to go on field trips including but not limited to Magna's Hoedown, SNAP, Best Buddies Prom, & YRDSB Movie Days  

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