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Specialized Programming

Every student is unique, with different strengths and challenges. We provide a range of learning environments to help nurture students’ emotional, mental and physical well-being.

We offer specialized learning supports for students who have emotional, behavioural, cognitive, learning, speech, hearing, vision, physical or medical needs.

If your child needs specialized learning supports: 

WELCOME TO EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

What does inclusive education look like at ¬ť∂Ļ…Ámadou? Learn more about how we welcome all students in the classroom.

 
At ¬ť∂Ļ…Ámadou, inclusive education means ensuring every one of our students, no matter their cultural background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability or disability has access to the supports they need, feels a sense of belonging and receives a high quality education. It’s about our efforts to build environments that are truly welcoming of all kids.

–Superintendent Darrel Robertson

REVIEW THE PROGRAMMING OPTIONS 

All students have access to a high-quality education that supports their strengths, interests and challenges. 

Our Division offers:

  • regular programming
  • alternative programming 
  • specialized programming

All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all school-wide activities like field trips, school assemblies, performances and track and field days.

OPTION 1: REGULAR OR ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM 

Division schools offer regular and alternative programming, and the options offered vary from school to school. All curriculum is determined by Alberta Education. A school’s focus, optional courses and activities will vary depending on how it is organized to meet student needs. Students may be required to meet criteria for some alternative programs.

In the classroom, teachers will design instruction to make learning accessible for all students.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A REGULAR OR ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

Students attending a regular or alternative program:

  • learn alongside same-aged classmates who may have different learning needs and abilities 
  • develop their social, emotional, academic and physical skills 
  • receive specially modified programming and additional supports to meet their individual needs 
  • participate in school-wide and community activities

Use the Find a School tool to search for your designated elementary, junior high and high school.

OPTION 2: SPECIALIZED PROGRAM AT SELECT SCHOOLS

Specialized programs support students who have:

  • mild learning disabilities 
  • moderate or severe autism
  • moderate and severe cognitive disabilities 
  • moderate and severe behavioural challenges 
  • physical or medical conditions
  • communication disabilities

Students enrolled in a specialized learning program will receive instruction determined by Alberta Education, as well as specialized supports designed for their individual needs and abilities.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SPECIALIZED PROGRAM

 Students attending a specialized program:

  • must meet eligibility requirements 
  • learn alongside similar-aged classmates who require similar supports and services
  • develop their social, emotional, academic and physical skills 
  • receive adapted or modified programming and additional supports to meet their individual needs 
  • receive targeted instruction in smaller classes
  • participate in school-wide and community activities

SPECIALIZED LEARNING SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS

At ¬ť∂Ļ…Ámadou, we have a Specialized Learning Supports (SLS) department that consists of multidisciplinary consultants who support students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Consultants have experience and expertise in areas ranging from occupational therapy and reading to mental health, social work and more. SLS consultants collaborate with school staff to support students’ needs and can help identify students' specialized learning needs.

Learn more about the Specialized Learning Supports Team.

SUPPORT IN THE CLASSROOM

See how our schools and Specialized Learning Supports consultants work together to help students achieve success.

Hear from other parents about how classroom supports are helping their children. 

DETERMINE A PROGRAMMING CHOICE

STEP 1: CONTACT THE SCHOOL 

Students new to the Division
If your child is not with ¬ť∂Ļ…Ámadou and you would like to enrol your child, use the Find a School tool to find your designated school and contact the principal.

Current Division students
If your child has specialized learning needs, the first step is to talk to your child’s teacher. Share any relevant documents about your child’s needs with your teacher.

STEP 2: MEET WITH THE PRINCIPAL

The principal or school administrator will reach out to you to discuss your child’s needs and options. 

You may talk about whether a regular or alternative program is the best fit or if your child is eligible to attend a specialized program. Some programs have limited space and are only available at select Division schools.  

If your child is accessing any specialized supports or home services, let the principal know. It helps to understand how your child is supported outside of school. 

You may be asked to provide information that includes: 

  • a diagnosis 
  • educational assessments
  • progress reports
  • individualized program plans (IPP, also known as IEP)

STEP 3: DECIDE NEXT STEPS

If you’re considering a specialized program, discuss options for your child with your designated school principal. If you’re considering a regular or alternative program, learn more about registering for school.

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