Special Education


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There are a variety of ways in which the Special Education Department at DMCI supports students with learning and physical exceptionalities. All students who access Special Education Support have an Individual Education Plan, or IEP. The Special Education program at Don Mills Collegiate encompasses four programs for students identified with the following exceptionalities:


1) Giftedness: The Gifted Intensive Support Program (ISP) offers courses in core subject areas, including English, History, Geography, Math, Science and French. Gifted classes at DMCI are self-contained and the curriculum is accommodated to meet the learning needs of gifted students. Course delivery is differentiated by breadth in that the content explores broad-based themes, and by depth and pace of topics. Inquiry-based learning organized around essential questions is a general focus of the program.

2) Physical Disabilities: Students with physical disabilities are fully integrated into the school community with support from the PH Program. Accommodations for physical needs (i.e. alternative seating, transportation, personal needs) and educational needs (i.e. scribe, additional time, assistive technology) are provided based on the strengths and needs of the individual student. Students in the PH Program have access to a resource room that is fully adapted to their needs and is staffed by a Special Education Resource Teacher. Students may also receive one-on-one support in the classroom provided by Educational Assistants and a Special Needs Assistant.

3) Learning Disabilities: Students with learning disabilities take regular classes which may be accommodated according to the student’s individual learning needs outlined in the IEP. These students are entitled to take a General Learning Strategies course called GLE to develop learning skills and strategies essential for success in secondary school, and for post-secondary destinations. The GLE course is taught by Special Education Resource Teachers with the support of an educational assistant. Students with an IEP may take one GLE class per year for a total of 4 credits.

4) Developmental Disabilities: Our program for students with Developmental Disabilities includes two self-contained classes with alternative programs staffed by three Special Education Resource Teachers, two Educational Assistants, and a half-time Special Needs Assistant. Curriculum covers Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., and Life Skills, including wood-working, cooking, shopping, and a Co-op program.

Please contact ACL Shannon Russell for more information.