Welcome to our Department page! SCS offers a wide range of opportunities for students of all ability levels. Read on for more information!


Drop-in Resource Support

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 make arrangements with their classroom teachers to write their exams in the Resource Room.

Teacher looking at students in class

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


We currently have two Life Skills classes that offer 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 favourites with peers. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.


This self-contained classroom is designed to engage students with a wide range of abilities. The expectation of this program is for all students to engage in TWO credit courses each semester, accompanied by TWO periods in a self-contained classroom to focus on more personalized programming and support. Opportunities to take part in community endeavours and working within the school are encouraged. A strong focus on learning skills/strategies, health/wellness and developing new interests/connections is present. Many students within this program work towards a goal of attaining an OSSC (Ontario Secondary School Certificate). Some students may transition out to work towards other goals. An Alternate Report Card will be distributed four times a year.


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! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be put on hold until it can safely commence.


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 a 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

Alison Ebdon


Educational Assistant

Stephanie Erdelac


Classroom Teacher

Henrietta Irwin


Educational Assistant

Stan Iwanyzki


Classroom Teacher

Amanda Knight


Classroom Teacher

Sharon Le Gros


Educational Assistant

Jackie MacRae


Educational Assistant

Stephanie McKnight


Educational Assistant

Nicole Mitchell


Educational Assistant

Ryan Nightingale


Classroom Teacher/Asst Dept. Head

Jenn Reid


Department Head/LRT

Samantha Swarts


Educational Assistant

Ron Wier


Classroom Teacher