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Special Education

Special Education programming helps all students reach their full potential. Our schools offer a wide range of supports and services for students and their families.

We are committed to ensuring that:


-All students with exceptionalities are welcomed, included and supported in our schools

-Intensive programs and supports for students with unique strengths and needs are available in sites across the TDSB

-Effective collaboration and problem solving between staff, parents and students is a priority

-Our facilities are fully accessible to students, families, staff and the community whenever possible

-Research and effective practice guide us in our efforts to better serve our students

Special Education consists of a number of Acronyms.  Please click here for a list of Acronyms and their meanings.

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The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) believes that In-School Support Teams and School Support Teams (IST/SST) offer a tiered approach for the open discussion of student-related strengths and needs, within the context of the local school.  In support of the Ministry of Education document Learning for All, K–12, the IST/SST provides a consistent process to address the needs of our most vulnerable students. The IST/SST creates an opportunity to collaboratively develop, review, monitor, and evaluate coordinated plans of action to best serve the needs of all our students. The teams support students by providing a venue for teachers, school administrators, other TDSB staff and parents/guardians to discuss and decide on appropriate interventions.

If you have any questions about your child's learning needs or the Special Education program at Palmerston Ave PS please contact your child's teacher or the school administration.