École John Stubbs is proud of the programs it is able to offer students with special needs. The physical configuration of the school allows for easy wheelchair access to all areas, the experience of the staff means that educational programs may be adapted or modified for students with a wide variety of needs. Presently, John Stubbs provides educational programs for profoundly handicapped students; for physically handicapped but cognitively able students; for learning disabled students; for students with low academic abilities; for students who require emotional and/or social support and for students who simply need some extra help in certain subjects. Programs are designed for special needs students with a wide variety of skills, interests, and educational needs. The Ministry of Education identifies students with special needs, and the school writes Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) for these students. Regular program students who require monitoring and Literacy Support are often able to access this service in order to ensure academic success.
For the most part, special needs students are integrated into regular classes with their peers. Teachers and Educational Assistants provide support for these students as required. The degree of support will vary with the individual according to their needs within each subject. When deemed necessary, students are slotted into a support block in the Learning Centre. The Learning Centre has been designed with the intent of assisting students who are experiencing on-going learning difficulties. Referral to the Learning Centre is made through the School Based Team — administration, counselling, student support services and other staff members.
For specific information about special programs and services, parents should contact the school’s Student Support Services.
The A.R.C. Gifted Education Program
The A.R.C. program is designed to meet the needs of students designated by SD 62 as “Gifted”. This program is based on the premise that students who are given the opportunity to experience Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence, (A.R.C.), are more likely to become engaged, empowered and motivated in school. Through a variety of challenges and activities, students meet the outcomes of the 6 components of A.R.C.: Leadership, Team Building, Communication Skills, Creativity, System Theory/Thinking and Research/Inquiry. This course includes team challenges, enrichment projects, school-based projects and a variety of guest speakers and presentations on various topics. Students work in groups, partner and individual situations.
“ARC” – Grades 6 – 8 – for Ministry designated “Gifted” students at ÉJSMS
The ARC program is based on the premise that when the three major psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competence,(ARC) are met students are engaged and empowered, motivation is increased and there is a greater impact on learning. Students through a variety of challenges, demonstrate the outcomes for each of the following competencies: – Leadership-Team Building- Communication Skills- Creativity- Systems Theory, Thinking- Research and Inquiry
Some of the activities at the school level students can participate in are : public speaking, writing styles, technology, Can Spell and National Math League Contest.
PACE – Program for Academic Creative Enrichment
PACE offers students who are academically ambitious opportunities to develop critical thinking and leadership skills. Areas of focus include social responsibility and community involvement.