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Learning Support Programs

The VSB has a wide range of Learning Support Programs that are designed instruction that adapts, as appropriate to the needs of a student the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction.  Referrals to these programs are done through the School-Based Team at the students school.


Elementary Learning Support Program (ELSP)

Elementary Learning Support Programs provide targeted instruction for students formally identified as having a learning disability. The ELSP program is designed to assist students with specific academic areas by providing intensive evidence-based targeted literacy instruction. The students participate in age-appropriate mainstream classes for physical education, art, music and academic subjects whenever possible and appropriate.

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Gifted / Learning Support (GOLD)

This program is designed to meet the needs of students who meet the Ministry of Education criteria for Learning Disabilities (P) and (Q) designations. The goal of the program is to support student’s academic while helping them understand their own strengths and challenges. They learn compensatory strategies and skills to in order school success.

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Learning Assistance Class (LAC)

Secondary Learning Assistance Classes (LAC) are designed for students who have mild intellectual disabilities (K designation). In general, students in these programs demonstrate delayed language, social skills and below average academic achievement. Students are timetabled into mainstream electives wherever possible and appropriate. Students are provided with instructional support at the appropriate level. Students in this program typically earn an Evergreen Certificate or an Adult Dogwood Certificate.

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Pre-Employment Program

The Pre-Employment Program is designed for students in grades 10 to 12 who have not experienced success in the acquisition of academic skills in a mainstream classroom setting. Students participate in adapted or modified academic courses, electives and work-experience.

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Pre-Employment Program (PASE)

Projects, Academics, Skills and Experience (PASE) is a two year program at Windermere Secondary which is designed to lead to Grade 10 equivalency. PASE is an excellent choice for students 15-18 years old who are struggling in a traditional classroom setting or are leaving a junior special education program

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Secondary Learning Support Program (LSP)

Learning Support programs provide targeted academic support for students in grades 8 to 9. The goal of the program is to support academics and assist students in developing learning strategies to cope with areas of weakness while supporting self-esteem. The students are timetabled into mainstream electives and academic subjects whenever possible and appropriate.

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Secondary Strategies

This program is designed for students in grades 8 to 12 who have complex neurologically-based learning challenges that impede their school and life success.

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Student Transition to Employment Program (STEP)

Student Transition to Employment Program (STEP) is a District career preparation program for students who are having difficulties in the regular academic program. Students have the opportunity to work towards their School Leaving Certificate. Basics are taught in the core academic subjects: English, Math, Social Studies, Career Education and Physical Education.

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Targeted Early Intervention Resource Program (TEIR)

Targeted Early Intervention Resource Program (TEIR)

TEIR is a short term, intensive program for students in their grade 2 year who have been identified with a significant delay in the acquisition of literacy skills. The focus of TEIR is to provide a differentiated learning setting that will facilitate the acquisition of literacy skills.

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