Supported Learning Programs

Transition Program Overview (Grades 7-8):

The transition program supports students as they move from elementary to middle school. A smaller class size allows the two core teachers to closely monitor and support student learning. The transition teachers reinforce key concepts and present the regular grade seven curriculum at a slight slower pace. The transition program builds resiliency in students and strengthens the student’s problem solving skills so that students are able to transition back to the regular program when they are ready. The transition program is a voluntary program; students are recommended for the program by their grade six elementary teachers and/or parents can request that their child be considered for the program.


Knowledge and Employability
(K and E):

Knowledge and Employability Courses are intended to provide students with opportunities to experience success and become prepared for employment, citizenship and lifelong learning. K and E courses help the students to develop: essential skills and attitudes in preparation for success in the workplace and in the community a sense of success and achievement in learning experiences practical applications and connections to the workplace and the community skills related to exploring and preparing for chosen careers interpersonal skills to ensure respect, support, and cooperation with others. Knowledge and Employability courses are designed to provide entry-level employment skills for students who have expressed a goal of leaving school before earning the requirements for a senior high school diploma. Some students may transition successfully from Knowledge and Employability courses to other courses to achieve a senior high school diploma or to continuing education and training opportunities; e.g., some colleges, some apprenticeship programs. Some students will take advantage of the workplace experiences and transition directly into the workforce. Each student will sit with the Lead Teacher of Special Programming during their grade 9 year to complete a learning plan which will map out their high school plan and courses. Parents are required to sign the document to ensure that they are on side with the placement of their child in the K and E program.

Knowledge and Employability Grade 9 Courses:

English

Grade 9 K and E Language Arts program fosters the development of language. Students develop skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. The main focus of the course is for students to be able to increase their reading comprehension through researched strategies and vocabulary building activities, engage in creative writing, and build on functional writing skills such as personal and business letters.

Math

Students will develop the following mathematic competencies in the context of solving everyday problems. Students will: Identify the problem and select and apply appropriate problem-solving strategies, mathematical operations and tools. Estimate and calculate solutions accurately evaluate the process, result and personal/group performance. Develop teamwork skills and use appropriate vocabulary to reason and communicate mathematically. Apply mathematical literacy to everyday situations.

There are four major units in the 9K and E Math Course:

Science

Units of study provide the context for the development of science skills and attitudes. The units provide opportunities for students to construct knowledge and understanding in science, and apply these understandings to interpret, integrate and extend their knowledge in everyday home, workplace and community.

There are five major unites in the Science 9K and E Course:

Social Studies

Grade 9 Social Studies students will broaden their understanding and appreciation of the relationships among governance, economics, quality of life, citizenship and identity. Grade 9 students will analyze the relationship between Canada’s political and legislative processes and their impact on issues relating to governance, rights, citizenship and identity. Students will also explore issues of economics and their impact on quality of life, citizenship and identity in Canada and the United States.

Knowledge and Employability Grade 10 and 11 Courses:

English 10-4 (Grade 10 Level):

The aim of English language arts is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning purposes. Knowledge and Employability English language arts focuses on developing the basic language competencies needed for everyday living at home, in the community and in the workplace.

Social Studies 10-4 (Grade 10 Level):

Through Knowledge and Employability courses, students become active and responsible citizens, achieve their educational and career goals, improve quality of life for themselves and their families and positively impact their communities. Students will examine globalization, the process by which the world is becoming increasingly connected and interdependent. They will explore historical aspects of globalization, as well as the effects of globalization on lands, cultures, human rights and quality of life. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to examine the effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and other locations, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities. Students will develop skills to respond to issues emerging in a globalizing world, with particular emphasis on local environments and situations.

English 20-4 (Grade 11 Level):

Students will demonstrate increasing competence in the use of language and the appreciation and understanding of literature. The students continue to develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. English 20-4 integrates English and business services allowing students to expand their knowledge of English in practical and current areas of interest.

Social Studies 20-4 (Grade 11 Level):

Students will examine various forms of nationalism and apply their perceptions to their own identity and sense of citizenship. They will investigate the influence of nationalism on historical and contemporary events. Students will explore the impacts of nationalism and internationalism. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to develop understandings of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Francophone perspectives on nationalism. As students develop an understanding of nationalism, their sense of personal identity and what it means to be a member of a collective state and nation will also become more meaningful.


Learning Assistance Program (LAP):

Junior LAP (Grades 7-8):

The Jr. LAP program focuses on providing students with individualized vocational and life skills based programming. Jr. LAP students are given the opportunity to apply their learning to their home and school environments through hands-on and cooperative learning activities. The low student-teacher ratio allows students to work in an environment that fosters life-long learning and mastery of concepts. Students leave the LAP program with essential life and vocational skills necessary for daily living.

Senior LAP (Grades 9-12):

The Sr. LAP Program prepares students to live in their community based on the belief that each student is assured equal access to the educational options and support provided to all students of the same age group. The Sr. LAP program provides students with the opportunity to work in a general education environment for some classes while giving extra support for core curriculum and instructional options, with adaptations and modifications, assistive technology, and communication strategies necessary to meet individual needs. The purpose of the Sr. LAP is to ensure that every student, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, is capable of living, working, and participating in their community. Person-Centered transition planning is implemented to ensure that all students have access to proper services for planning their future.


Supported Learning Program Summaries

Crescent Heights High School (CHHS) believes in supporting all learners in the most appropriate educational setting. CHHS is "Dedicated to Leaning, Committed to Community"

Learning Assistant Program (LAP)

Jr. LAP Program Overview (Grades 7-8):

The Jr. LAP program focuses on providing students with individualized vocational and life skills based programming. Jr. LAP students are given the opportunity to apply their learning to their home and school environments through hands-on and cooperative learning activities. The low student-teacher ratio allows students to work in an environment that fosters life-long learning and mastery of concepts. Students leave the LAP program with essential life and vocational skills necessary for daily living.

Sr. LAP Program Overview (Grades 9-12):

The Sr. LAP Program prepares students to live in their community based on the belief that each student is assured equal access to the educational options and support provided to all students of the same age group. The Sr. LAP program provides students with the opportunity to work in a general education environment for some classes while giving extra support for core curriculum and instructional options, with adaptations and modifications, assistive technology, and communication strategies necessary to meet individual needs. The purpose of the Sr. LAP is to ensure that every student, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, is capable of living, working, and participating in their community. Person-Centered transition planning is implemented to ensure that all students have access to proper services for planning their future.

Other Programs

Transition Program Overview (Grades 7-8):

The transition program supports students as they move from elementary to middle school. A smaller class size allows the two core teachers to closely monitor and support student learning. The transition teachers reinforce key concepts and present the regular grade seven curriculum at a slight slower pace. The transition program builds resiliency in students and strengthens the student’s problem solving skills so that students are able to transition back to the regular program when they are ready. The transition program is a voluntary program; students are recommended for the program by their grade six elementary teachers and/or parents can request that their child be considered for the program.

K and E Program Overview (Grades 9-11):

The Knowledge and Employability (K and E) program addresses students who are finding one or two academic areas challenging but whose primary objectives are to become prepared for employment, further studies and citizenship. K and E gives students who learn best through experiences and hands-on learning, an opportunity to use a different approach to learning curriculum. Class sizes are smaller to facilitate the needs of the students in the program.

Possible Program Requirements:

Student's can have an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) that specifies individualized goals and objectives that provide access to Alberta's core curriculum and to meet student needs. Students in K and E develop a program plan that clearly outlines student's goals and tracks the courses needed to achieve such goals. Any placement in Supported Learning Programs are made by the approval of the district, cognitive assessments, Alberta Special Education coding and consultation with school personnel and family.

IPP Forms

Every student that has an IPP needs the following forms should be filled out. Please make sure to send to harmony.lloyd@sd76.ab.ca.