Special Education

Welcome to the Special EducationDepartment at Lakeshore CI!

Special Education Program Information

All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to thrive and to gain full benefit from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require supports beyond those ordinarily received in the school setting. In Ontario, students who have behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical or multiple exceptionalities, may have educational needs that cannot be met through regular instructional and assessment practices. These needs may be met through accommodations, and/or an educational program that is modified above or below the age-appropriate grade level expectations for a particular subject or course. Such students may be formally identified as exceptional pupils. The ministry sets out definitions of exceptionalities that must be used by school boards after determining that a student is an “exceptional pupil”.

At Lakeshore CI, we have 3 Special Education programs:  
GLE-Learning Strategies
: Students can earn up to 4 credits in Learning Strategies. The courses focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond. This course also provides students with additional resources and supports that can enable them to be successful academically.

Focus on Success Program: The Focus on Success Program provides support for students who exhibit ongoing concerns that result in significant difficulties adjusting academically and emotionally at school. It provides students with the opportunity to learn important skills and strategies for success in school and their community. This program offers students an alternative environment for both social/emotional and academic needs. A special education teacher and a child and youth worker (CYW) offer academic support and address behaviour management issues. Students gain entry into the program upon recommendation from the feeder schools, in-school and school support team (IST/SST) meetings, and/or identification, placement and review (IPRC) meetings.

CORE program: The CORE program is a program where students spend 50% of the instructional day in a special education classroom. All classes are taught with a focus on Special Education and additional support is provided by an educational assistant when available. In grade 9, students take 4 credits in the CORE program: English, Mathematics, Science and Geography. These credits are offered at the Applied level except for Mathematics, which is offered at the Locally Developed level. Students are centrally placed into the CORE program at their IPRC review meetings in grade 8.