The right choice of academic course level and resource programming has an impact on student success in secondary school. Each year, the exceptional student and his/her parent or guardian are invited to an IPRC (Identification, Placement, Review, Committee) meeting to discuss the support options that may offer greater success to the student.
Accommodations may be provided to instruction and assessment. For example, your child could be offered extra time to write tests or use of assistive technology to complete assignments.
Resource programming is a service offered to exceptional students as determined by the IPRC. Access to the Resource Room may be on a daily basis for the learning strategies course or on a “needs basis” as determined by the student and/or teacher.
Exceptional students have access to the resource room “as needed” throughout the school year to write tests/exams, to complete assignments and/or use assistive technology.
Exceptional students go to the Resource Room for the Learning Strategies course on a daily basis per semester. This course provides a credit as well as supports for particular subjects. A student may achieve up to four Learning Strategies credits.
Many exceptional students are in regular classes. For those students with more challenging needs, we offer more intensive supports in our Transition and Life Skills classes. For students with behavioural needs, we offer a Section 23 and an ADAPT program.
Intensive Support Programs (I.S.P.):
This program is a self-contained class program for students identified with an intellectual exceptionality. The focus is placed on developing literacy, numeracy, independent living skills and work related skills geared towards specialized college programs, trades assistants’ programs and the workplace.
Life Skills Program
This program is a self-contained class program for students identified with a moderate intellectual exceptionality who require development of daily living skills. The focus is placed on developing basic literacy, numeracy and independent living skills.
A.D.A.P.T. and Section Programs
These programs are self-contained class programs offered solely by the Rainbow District School Board or in partnership with various community agencies for students identified with behavioural challenges. The placement in these programs is short term with a goal of reintegration into the regular program. The focus is placed on developing appropriate social emotional adaptive skills, with an additional focus on literacy and numeracy.