Excellence in Social Emotional Learning

Program Description 
The Excellence in Social Emotional Learning (ExSEL) program provides a supportive classroom setting for one year to students who require focused instruction in Social Emotional Learning. Instruction is differentiated and personalized to meet the unique learning profiles of each student. Within a small group setting, students are guided to develop their skills in: 
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making
The ExSEL program is in session

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm, and Wednesday from 9:00am – 12:10pm.  Classes are not in session Wednesday afternoons. Bussing is provided to and from each program site.:00

 Student Profile 

Students are suitable candidates for referral to this program when they: 
  • display social emotional difficulties which meet the Ministry criteria for students requiring Moderate Behaviour Support (R), students requiring Intensive Behaviour Support (H), and students requiring support for a Chronic Health Impairment (D), (*Students with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (G) may be considered)
  • Require intervention beyond the school’s resources 
Referral Process
Complete and submit the application package to Learning Services. Please ensure the following documents are completed and in your application package:
  • Consultation with the Case Manager for Behaviour
  • Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement form 
  • Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies (PRIS) form
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) 
  • Positive Behaviour Support Plan
  • School Based Team minutes
  • STIBS Report
  • DESSA mini assessment (contact Case Manager for Behaviour for more information) 
  • Available reports/assessments: psychological and/or psycho-educational assessment, SLP, OT, mental health - CYMH, MCFD, Sunnyhill, Alan Cashmore, etc.

Placement Evaluation 
Student placement is reviewed every April with the goal of returning students to their home schools. When the student develops skills to a level which will allow them to succeed in a mainstream classroom environment, a transition plan between the ExSEL program staff and the receiving school will be established. If the student requires further intervention, they may be registered to the same, or another, program for an additional year of support. A student may stay in an ExSEL program for a maximum of 2 consecutive years. 
Capacity and Staffing 
Grades 1-7 
10 students (no more than 2 grade levels apart when possible)
1 Teacher, 1 SSA, and 1 SSB 

Program Locations

Bayview Elementary
Beaconsfield Elementary
Carleton Elementary 
Franklin Elementary
Henderson Elementary 
McBride Elementary 
Nightingale Elementary 
Renfrew Elementary
Waverley Elementary

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