Special Education


Students who have behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities may require special education programs and/or services to benefit fully from their school experience.

Special education programs and services primarily consist of instruction and assessments that are different from those provided to the general student population. These may take the form of accommodations (such as specific teaching strategies, preferential seating, and assistive technology) and/or an educational program that is modified from the age-appropriate grade level expectations in a particular course or subject, as outlined in the Ministry of Education.

At Marc Garneau Collegiate, the Special Education Team offers the following programming to support students with special needs at this time:

  • 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.

At the start of each school year, the Ministry of Education requires that all schools follow a process for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).  The process in September is as follows:  

  • Parent consultation letter will be emailed
  • The Ontario School Record, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) findings and previous IEPs are reviewed by subject and special education teachers, as well as administration 
  • Subject and Special Education Teachers will consult with student to review or plan the IEP depending on student need
  • Special Education teachers will create and/or revise of the IEP with the input of the subject teachers
  • An updated copy of the IEP will be sent home in early October 
  • Parents and/or guardians will review and comment on the IEP 
  • Parent and/or guardian will sign page 5 and return the document to school
  • Special Education teachers will not any parental or guardian comments

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