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Learning Assistance/Life Skills (LA/LS)

Program Description 

The Secondary Learning Assistance/Life Skills (LA/LS) Programs are designed for students with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities. All aspects of the curriculum are modified. The students earn an Evergreen certificate upon school leaving.

Curriculum Emphasis:

  • personal independence and decision making skills
  • developing skills for social relationships
  • improving functional academic skills
  • community awareness
  • work experience
  • transition to post-secondary options

Student Profile

  • meet Ministry criteria for Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
  • designations can include categories "C", "D", "G" and "K"


Referral Process

Learning Assistance/Life Skills referrals are to be submitted to the District Case Manager, Inclusion.  

Documentation Required

  • completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement” form
  • completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Speech Language Assessment (if available)
  • School-Based Team minutes
  • Needs Assessment

Placement Evaluation

Student placement is reviewed every spring with the goal of returning students to their home schools. A transition plan between the LA/LS program staff and the receiving school is developed.

Capacity and Staffing

Grades 8 to 12

15 students

1 Teacher and 2 SSAs

Program Locations

Britannia                           Lord Byng

Eric Hamber                     Gladstone 

John Oliver                       Killarney 

Magee                                 Point Grey

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