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Learning Assistance Class (LAC)

Program Description

Secondary Learning Assistance programs are designed for students who have diagnosed, mild intellectual disabilities -"K" Designation. Students are timetabled into mainstream electives wherever possible. Students are provided with instructional support in alignment with their intellectual disability.  

Curriculum Emphasis:

  • communication skills
  • executive functioning and adaptive behaviour
  • functional academic skills
  • community awareness/participation
  • social skills support

Student Profile

  • meets criteria for "K" Designation
  • communication challenges
  • academic challenges due to cognitive delay
  • history of consistent school attendance


Referral Process

Learning Assistance Class referrals must be submitted to the District Case, High Incidence.  

Documentation Required

  • completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program placement” form
  • completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
  • Psycho-Educational assessment
  • Speech and Language assessment, (if appropriate)
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • School Based Team minutes
  • Report Card

Placement Evaluation

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

Capacity and Staffing

Grades 8 to 10 (junior) 11 to 12 (senior)

15 students

1 Teacher and 1 SSA

Program Locations

Eric Hamber Secondary

John Oliver Secondary

Killarney Secondary

Vancouver Technical Secondary


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