Woburn Collegiate Institute Special Education Department
Woburn’s special education students are identified in four ways:
1. through an IPRC ( Identification, Placement and Review Committee) with an Exceptionality and recommended Placement
2. by the grade eight feeder school as a student who is at risk either academically and/or socially in their grade 9 year
3. identified as a Gifted student through an IPRC
4. by Woburn’s teachers as a student who is at risk either academically and/or socially in any of their high school years
The Purpose of Special Education Support and Programs:
The Woburn Special Education Department addresses the scope and intensity of our students’ learning strengths and needs within the resources available to us. We will always try to consider the student’s functional and intellectual levels in determining the level of support required for the student to be academically successful. Our goal is to improve each student’s skills so they achieve an OSSD with the full 30 credits. In some cases, a student may take longer than four years to achieve this goal.
Regular Special Education
Those students with Exceptionalities of Learning Disability, Mild Intellectual Disability, Language Impairment, or Behaviour must take 8 subjects in grade 9. Support is offered through the two resource rooms by our special education staff. Direct Instruction is provided to students experiencing subject difficulties. As well, the subject teacher will provide support and should be the first place assistance should be sought by any student.
Students should always take the appropriate level of instruction and level of difficulty in each of their subject classes. It is important to talk to the current year’s teacher when making this important decision. Many students have a combination of levels based on their demonstrated ability and marks in each subject area.
For the most part, students should be able to handle 8 classes in a non- semester school and demonstrate the necessary “studentship” skills for their school success.
Credit Courses Available through Special Education:
• Learning Strategies coded either GLS or GLE
The Gifted Program:
Parental permission is required for the process to begin after the school has made a recommendation recognizing any student’s superior academic ability.
• A psychologist must assess the student to identify this Exceptionality, as well as the child’s learning strengths and needs.
• Parental permission is required to proceed to an IPRC.
• The Gifted criterion is a psychological assessment using Canadian Norms for the WISC III. As well, academic and social information are evaluated to assist in determining a child’s giftedness.
• The established TDSB intellectual criterion for Giftedness is the 98th percentile using the Full Score of the WISC III or the 99th percentile in either the Verbal or Performance Scales of the WISC III.
• Students are taught in Special Education Classes through assigned gifted sections with their gifted peers with an emphasis on thinking and inquiry skills.
• Gifted classes are available in most academic subjects.
The Individual Educational Plan (IEP):
An IEP is developed and maintained for every student at Woburn CI who is identified as an Exceptional pupil by an IPRC in the TDSB. An IEP may also be developed for students who are receiving Special Education support and services but are not identified by an IPRC. The IEP is based on a thorough analysis of the student’s strengths, needs and interests. This document will identify how students are expected to learn and how the Special Education Department will assist students to achieve their learning goals and expectations.