Special Class Placement in UGDSB

Students who require special education programs and services receive support through the classroom teacher and the special education resource teacher at their home schools. However, in some circumstances, students can be referred to a special education class placement where focused instruction in the area of need is provided. These classes have smaller numbers and can provide targeted instruction to meet student needs. In elementary there are four specialized class placements for the following exceptionalities: Learning Disability, Mild Intellectual Disability/Language-based Learning Disability, Developmental Disability (Intellectual Disability), and Intellectually Gifted. In Secondary Schools there is only one specialized class: Developmental Disability.

1. Placement in a Special Education Class for Students who are identified with a Learning Disability:

  • Grades 4 to 6 (students return to home school for grade 7&8)
  • Students are integrated into regular classes for up to 50% of the day

Purpose of Class:

  • To provide targeted skill development and strategies to help students achieve the ability to work at their grade level in the regular classroom
  • To focus on skills in reading, writing and math
  • To improve student use of technology as a learning tool, as appropriate

Requirements for Placement in Learning Disabilities Program:

  • Student has been identified by IPRC with a Communication: Learning Disability with average or above language skills
  • Reading and writing require extensive modification
  • Educational Assessment showing significant academic delays based on current classroom assessments
  • The school team, and parents, agree that the student would benefit from intensive, focused, small class literacy and numeracy instruction.

2. Placement in a Special Education Class for Students who are identified with a Mild Intellectual Disability or a Language Based Learning Disability:

  • Grades 4-8
  • Students are integrated into regular classes for up to 50% of the day

Purpose of Class:

  • To provide modified curriculum as necessary for student success
  • To focus on the development of reading, writing and math that is tailored to their identified learning needs
  • To focus on the development of skills and strategies to build success and confidence as a learner

Requirements for Placement in Mild Intellectual Disabilities or Language Based Learning Disabilities Program:

  • Student has been identified by IPRC with Mild Intellectual OR Learning Disabilities with significant language based impairment
  • Educational Assessment showing significant academic delays based on current classroom assessments consistent with a mild intellectual disability or significant language impairment
  • The school team, and parents, agree that the student’s needs would be better met in this type of smaller class placement

3. Placement in a Special Education Class for Students identified with a Developmental Disability (Intellectual Disability):

  • Programs are available in both elementary and secondary schools
  • Integration is based on individual situations
  • Programs are individualized based on student need, ability and interest

Purpose of Class:

Elementary:

  • To provide a functional curriculum to develop social skills, life skills, communication skills and functional reading, writing and mathematics (as appropriate)

Secondary:

  • To provide programming that supports communication, social and life skills to facilitate transitions to adult life at home, school and community

Requirements for Placement in a Special Education Class for Students with Developmental Disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities):

  • Student has been identified by IPRC with a Developmental Disability (or other exceptionalities requiring developmental programming)
  • Educational Assessments shows achievement consistent with a developmental disability
  • The school team, and parents, agree that the student’s needs would be better met in this type of classroom

4. Placement in a Special Education Class for Students who have been identified as Intellectually Gifted:

  • Grades 4-8
  • Some classes are multi-grade depending on enrollment

Purpose of Class:

  • To provide grade level curriculum programming extensions in breadth and depth based on student profiles

Requirements for Placement:

  • Student has been identified by IPRC with Giftedness
  • Student achieves an overall composite or Full Scale I.Q score at, or above the 98th percentile on the Canadian Cognitive Ability Test or on a Standardized measure of intellectually functioning (e.g. Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V)
  • Results from an educational assessment indicate reading skills at least two years above the student’s current grade placement, with writing and math skills at grade level (mitigating factors will be considered, i.e. French Immersion, age at testing, first language)
  • The school team, and parents, agree that the student’s needs would be better met in in this type of placement

Special Class Placement Locations

Below is a link to the Upper Grand District School Board Special Education Plan 2015-2016. Here you can find a list of locations for special class placement on pages 39 and 40. Transportation to any location is provided by the board. Please note that these are the current locations and are subject to annual change.

Link: Upper Grand District School Board Special Education Plan

For more information please talk to your school principal.