We provide excellent programming for students with exceptional and special needs. Every student has unique needs, so we work with students, parents and community organizations to personalize the support for each child.
The unique needs of students with learning disabilities can usually be successfully met in their community schools. We also offer classes with more intensive support at Dr. Oakley School.
Identifying Students with a Learning Disability
To identify students with a learning disability we use the Alberta Education guidelines. A registered psychologist completes a comprehensive individualized assessment of the student.
The following conditions must be met:
- The student has a diagnosis of a learning disability
- The learning disability impacts the student’s functioning in the educational environment
- The student requires individualized support within the educational environment due to the learning disability
The diagnosis of a learning disability is necessary, but not sufficient for special education identification.
Classes for Students with a Learning Disability
We have classes for students with complex learning difficulties and significant delays (more than 2 years) in reading and writing. We provide an intensive literacy program with the goal of transitioning the students back into their community school in two years. Students in grades 3 – 9 are offered these classes.
Students must be diagnosed with a learning disability by a psychologist and have an Alberta Education Code 54. Placement at Dr. Oakley School begins with the school learning team, at the student’s community school, consulting with the parents and the area learning team.