Special Education

The Special Education Department offers academic support plus a variety of learning experiences for students who have been identified as exceptional. Please visit Special Education Services for a description of our role, programs and services, and information on referrals and identification.

The Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) has a three-tiered alternative program design, effective approach to assessment and intervention allowing for varied levels of supports for a student requiring special education programs and services.

Placement into programs is done through an Identification Placement and Review (IPRC) meeting. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is designed for each student according to their individual learning needs and strengths. An alternate report card is used to summarize student achievement within the alternate program. All alternative levels have staff with Special Education qualifications.

Alternative Program Descriptions

Vocational Program

  • Develops academic skills near or at grade level in a highly structured small class placement.
  • Intensive instructional support provided for literacy and mathematics.
  • Independent integration into credit class placements which are recorded on the provincial report card.
  • Program options: Locally Developed, Applied level, Open level, Workplace level, and co-operative education courses.
  • Ontario Secondary School Certificate and/or the Ontario Secondary School Diploma defines the range of possible program graduation goals.
  • Senior students can participate in the World of Work Program to develop employability skills.

Transition Program

  • Develops academic skills centred around functional literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Appropriate life, social and independent living skills in a highly structured learning environment and a small class placement.
  • Integration into vocational and life skills programs may be incorporated into student's timetable.
  • Independent living, transitional supports to post-secondary vocation/community services.
  • Student progress, in relation to IEP expectations, is formally reported on the alternative report card.
  • Provincial Certificate of Accomplishment define the range of possible graduation goals.
  • Senior students can participate in the World of Work program to develop employability skills.

Life Skills Program

  • Supports physical and health needs
  • Develops communication, living skills, life skills, and social and leisure skills within a highly supportive and structured environment
  • Individualized programs may include: physiotherapy, augmentative communication and comprehensive physical care supports
  • Collaborates with community agencies in transition planning for students and may include work experience opportunities
  • Students typically have connections with Community Care Access (CCAC) and Ontario Disabilities Support Program (ODSP)
  • Student progress, in relation to IEP expectations, is formally reported on the alternative report card
  • Programs consider that students will integrate into classrooms on an auditing basis and/or school activities to the greatest extent possible
  • The life skills program is available to students until June of the calendar year they turn twenty-one
  • Program objectives are increased independence, transitional support to community services and a Certificate of Accomplishment

Placement Options

Special needs students are educated with their peers in the regular classroom to the fullest extent possible. Special Education classroom placement remains an option where extended individual assistance is required and where the parents are in agreement with the placement.

Pathways for Grade 9 to 12 in regular class placements working towards OSSD who have IEP's

Destination: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Special Education Course Pathways
GradeCourse Pathway
Grade 9
  1. English: ENG 1L1 - Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, English 9
  2. Math: MAT 1L1 - Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Math 9
  3. Science: Science 9 (Applied) or SNC 1L1 - Locally Developed Compulsory Credit course, Science 9
  4. Geography: Geography 9 (Applied)
  5. Physical Education
  6. Tech/Keyboard
  7. Arts
  8. French or a substitution

8 Compulsory Credits

Grade 10
  1. English: English 9 (Applied), English 10 (Applied) or ENG 2L1 - Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, English 10
  2. Math: MAT 2L1 - Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Math 10 or Math 9 (Applied)
  3. Civics/Careers
  4. Science: Science 10 (Applied) or SNC 2L1 -Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Science 10
  5. History (Applied)
  6. Physical Education
  7. Tech or Computers
  8. Arts or Music
  9. Foods or Business

4 Compulsory Credits and Elective Options

Grade 11
  1. English 11 (Workplace)
  2. Physical Education, Tech or Arts
  3. Co-op

2 Compulsory Credits

Grade 12
  1. English 12 (Workplace)
  2. Social Science
  3. Physical Education, Tech or Arts
  4. Co-op

Total = 1 Compulsory Credit

See the course calendar for full course descriptions.