Special Education

SCS offers a wide range of opportunities for students of all ability levels and we deliver special education programming, such as:

Self-Contained Classes

Our self-contained programs include Life Skills or Bridge for students with Developmental Disabilities, with a goal of obtaining a Certificate of Accomplishment. Pathways or Transitions classes are for students with Mixed Exceptionalities, who may also integrate to obtain credit courses to work towards an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC). Access to this programming is determined at system IPRC's.

· On Track (Intensive Resource)

o This is a relatively new option, that benefits students who are ready to focus on two or three periods of credit-bearing courses. Staff work with students individually to support success in their other classes, while encouraging positive social interactions and discussions. This is a non-credit timetable option and needs to be supported by a staff recommendation.

· Drop-in Resource Support

o The resource room is open most periods of the day for students to access individual support for class work, organizational coaching and tests. Students may come down, with the permission of their classroom teacher, to work in an alternate space when appropriate. Students who have an IEP in place, may also arrange to write their exams in the Resource Room.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is designed for each exceptional student and it's annually reviewed through an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC). Students may also have an IEP in place without an exceptionality. The IEP is developed by the Learning Resource Teacher (LRT) in cooperation with regular program teachers, parents and the student. The IEP will be sent home within the first 30 school days each year, at the IPRC, along with any other time a significant change/update is made. Self-contained classroom teachers will send home an IEP during each reporting period.

GEDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (S.E.A.C.)

Contact the GEDSB Office at (519) 756-6301 for committee information, including:

· Special Education plan,

· Parent Guide

· Policies and Programs

Self-Contained Classrooms

Life Skills (DD)

This self-contained classroom offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop positive relationships and essential skills. Students are offered a structured environment that promotes inclusion, citizenship, kindness, a strong sense of community and the development of independent living skills based on individual student abilities. There is a focus on: basic literacy and numeracy, getting involved in the community, exercising responsibility & respect and developing appropriate social skills. The classroom is equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer and other amenities that replicate a household. Activities within the community are planned and can offer students new experiences or a chance to enjoy some of their favorites. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.

Bridge (DD)

This self-contained classroom provides students with many opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills such as printing and cursive writing, simple calculations, comparing numbers and money math, as well as skills that will help individuals mature and gain a higher level of independence. Kitchen activities help to support our school's Breakfast Program. Physical Education is offered daily and students are encouraged to take part in all activities. Some students may also have the opportunity to earn credit-bearing courses outside of the classroom if deemed appropriate. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.

Pathways (ME)

This self-contained classroom is designed to engage students with a wide range of exceptionalities. A focus on literacy and numeracy is present, as well as opportunities to work within the school. Community endeavors such as paper delivery is also part of the program, as well as regular trips to Job Links. Students will be able to take part in developing interests such as learning to play the guitar and visual art to round out their secondary school experience. Physical Education and promoting a healthy lifestyle and relationships are also a part of regular programming. Some students may also integrate into credit-bearing courses for part of their timetable if appropriate. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.

Transitions (MID)

This self-contained classroom offers many opportunities to prepare for life after school and it's intended for students with a wide range of exceptionalities. With a focus on literacy and numeracy, independence and responsibility, students apply these to real life concepts such as current events, money management and budgeting, cooking, shopping and other activities that will engage them in school and throughout the community. Healthy Relationships sessions are offered and Physical Education programming offers sports skills that are transferable to community involvement, such as golf, swimming, bowling, curling and fitness. Students may also be eligible to start a Co-op placement to build their work skills and habits and they may also integrate into credit-bearing courses for part of their timetable if appropriate. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.

Special Events and Groups

Cheer Stars

Our Sabre Cheer Stars are in full force! We have an amazing group of students who practice twice a week and are led by staff and other Cheerleading Squad members. They perform at pep rallies and other special events throughout the year. They also have the opportunity to attend the annual NSSAA Cheerleading Competition. They are one of the most popular groups here at SCS!

Special Education Open House

On the first Friday in June, we host an Open House for any students who will be transitioning into one of our self-contained classes. They will tour the school, spend time in their future classroom with new friends and eat lunch in the cafeteria.

Graduation Luncheon

Each June, we plan a celebration for those students who are graduating with a Certificate of Accomplishment. They are encouraged to attend Commencement in the Fall as well, but we enjoy sending our graduates off with party too! Their peers help to plan and execute the luncheon and staff, parents and community supports are welcome to join us in celebrating some of the most awesome people here at SCS!

Department Members

Ms. Bailey

Mrs. Brinkmann


Mrs. Dreyer

Mrs. Erdelac


Mrs. Heard

Mrs. Knight


Mrs. Le Gros

Mrs. McKnight

Ms. Mitchell

Mr. Nightingale


Mrs. Reid

jennifer.reid@granderie.ca (Department Head/LRT)

Mrs. Savory

Mr. Thompson


Mrs. Wallace

Mr. Webber


Mr. Wier


Mrs. Woolley