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Special Education Programs

 

Avonmore School recognizes that students are individuals with unique needs and interests. To ensure that we provide an outstanding education to all, we offer a range of programs that allow students to find their own educational paths, explore their interests and discover their potential.

Our Community Learning Skills Program assists students with moderate cognitive disabilities and significant delays in development. We also offer the Community Learning Skills (CLS) and Behaviour Learning Assistance (BLA) programs, which assist students who demonstrate behavioural difficulty in addition to cognitive disabilities and developmental delays (highly structured programming helps to improve these students' behaviours with the goal of returning students to learning with a group of their peers).

At Avonmore, we believe that our students with cognitive disabilities benefit from working and learning in positive, supportive, and structured learning environments, where programming is tailored to meet their special education needs. Our Community Learning Skills classrooms provide students with disabilities with the structure, regular routines and close, constant supervision that they need. Students are supported in smaller-sized classes by staff with training and/or experience in special education. Classes include students of approximately the same age, most often within a three-year range. Expectations for positive behaviour are consistently applied with  consideration for students' ages and developmental stages.

At Avonmore, our Community Learning Skills students also interact with peers in school and community activities. We aim to provide our students with many opportunities to engage in whole-school, inclusive activities such as the school-wide Terry Fox Run, Christmas concerts, field trips, music education, paired reading, and so much more!

Our Community Learning Skills program helps students develop foundational reading, writing and numeracy skills selected from the Alberta Program of Studies. Programming builds work skills, a work ethic and the basic abilities needed for personal care, work, leisure and home life. The program promotes independence for each student.

For additional information about Community Learning Skills or Behavior Learning Assistance programs, please visit:

https://www.epsb.ca/programs/specialeducation/

For additional information about special needs transportation, please visit:

https://www.epsb.ca/ourdistrict/departments/studenttransportation/