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Placement Options   

During the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) meeting, you and the rest of the committee will decide the best placement for your child.

  • A regular class with indirect support where the student is placed in a regular class for the entire day, and the teacher receives specialized consultative services;
  • A regular class with resource assistance where the student is placed in a regular class for most or all of the day and receives specialized instruction, individually or in a small group, within the regular classroom from a qualified special education teacher;
  • A regular class with withdrawal assistance where the student is placed in a regular class and receives instruction outside the classroom, for less than 50 per cent of the school day, from a qualified special education teacher;
  • A special education class with partial integration where the student is placed by the IPRC in a special education class for at least 50 per cent of the school day, and is integrated into a regular class for up to 50 per cent of the school day; and,
  • A full-time special education class for the entire school day.

Students in any special education class placement can access all resources and have equal opportunity to participate in all school programs and activities. Students in these placements may be integrated in regular classes for up to 50% of the school day. 

SCDSB Special Education Class Placements    

Elementary Learning Centre 

  • Provides intensive programming in literacy and numeracy, based on expectations from the Ontario Curriculum, from a special education teacher for 51% or more of the student’s program. Instruction may also include additional programming to address individual expectations from the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Identification: Any category
  • Class maximum – 16 students

Elementary Social Skills

  • Provides intensive programming and support for students to develop positive social skills
  • Identification: Behaviour
  • Class maximum – 8 students

Elementary Gifted Class

  • Provides the ongoing interaction with intellectual peers required by gifted students in a manner that facilitates the compaction, enrichment and extension activities that will enable them to reach their full potential
  • Identification: Intellectual – Gifted
  • Class maximum – 25 students

Elementary Developmental Skills

  • Provides intensive programming and support for elementary aged students in the area of basic literacy
    and numeracy, self-advocacy, social skills, vocational training and community awareness
  • Identification: Intellectual - Developmental Disability
  • Class maximum – 10 students

Elementary Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Provides intensive programming and support for students with significant needs in the areas of communication, self-regulation, social skills, self-advocacy, community awareness and academics
  • Identification: Communication – Autism
  • Class maximum – 6 students

Secondary Learning Centre

  • Provides intensive programming for students who require explicit instruction in literacy and numeracy, based on expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Instruction may also include additional programming to address individual expectations from the student’s IEP
  • Identification: Any category
  • Class maximum – 16 students

Secondary Life Skills

  • Provides intensive programming and support for secondary aged students in the area of basic literacy and numeracy, technology integration, communication, self-advocacy, social skills, vocational training and community awareness
  • Identification: Intellectual - Developmental Disability
  • Class maximum – 10 students

Secondary Gifted Congregated Cluster Program

  • While this program does not meet the Ministry definition of a special education class, maintaining it as a placement option affords secondary gifted students the ability to be congregated in selected secondary schools as a continuation of their elementary gifted class placement. This provides the students with continued opportunities for interaction with intellectual peers as well as for compaction, enrichment and extension
  • Identification: Intellectual – Gifted
  • Class maximum – based on secondary class caps

Secondary Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Provides intensive programming and support for students with significant needs in the areas of communication, self-regulation, social skills, self-advocacy, community awareness and academics
  • Identification: Communication – Autism
  • Class maximum – 6 students

Secondary Transition Program

  • Provides intensive programming and support for students to prepare for transition from secondary school
    to post-secondary school, regardless of destination. The program is based on the principles of applied
    behaviour analysis (ABA) to develop individualized programs that meet the needs of students with a focus on developing the skills required for greater independence as the student transitions from secondary school
  • Identification: Communication – Autism/Intellectual – Developmental Disability
  • Class maximum – 10 students