Elementary Learning Support Program (ELSP)
Elementary Learning Support Programs (ELSP) are one-year programs that provide targeted instruction for grades 4 to 6 students who have a severe deficit in reading. The ELSP program uses evidence-based strategies to provide intensive literacy instruction. Following one year in ELSP, students return to their previous schools with foundational skills in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
- Reading comprehension 2 or more years below grade level.
- Evidence of tier one and tier two reading interventions in English implemented at the school level.
- Consistent attendance.
- Calm, alert, and ready to learn and behaviour that does not distract self or others.
- Learning challenges are not a result of:
- Intellectual impairment or suspected intellectual disability
- ELL or lack of instruction in English
- Sensory or motor challenges
All applications to the program must be submitted by referring VSB elementary schools on or before the program deadline to the District Case Manager, Learning Support.
- Completed Request for Designation and/or Special Education Program Placement
- Psych Ed assessment, if available
- IEP, if available
- SBT minutes documenting rationale for application
- Last 2 VSB report cards
- ELSP screening package (found on Student Support SharePoint)
Capacity and Staffing
- Grades 4 to 6
- 15 students
- 1 Teacher