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Special Education

Spring 2018 Orillia newsletter.pdf​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Special Education Resource Teachers:

Grade 9   Shayla Powell

Grade 10  Janet Carter

Grade 11  Laurel Hood (Chair)

Grade 12  Laurie Willemsen

Life Skills Teachers

Jen Geier (am)

Kendra Holt(pm)

​Learning Centre Teachers

Chris Bremer (am)

Janet Carter - Work Experience -

e3 Youth Night

THURSDAYS 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
Resource Centre 250 B Peel Street
Cost $2.00
There is a registration process
Youth ages 14 and up
For more information contact:

Shannon Mathieson
Transitional Support Worker
Future Transitions Program
e3 Community Services
100 Pretty River Parkway
Collingwood On
L9Y 4X2

Office-(705) 445-6351 ext 306 ​

Formal Identification vs IEP only

​Students do not have to be identified as exceptional to receive special education support. Classroom teachers, special education teachers and school administration work with parents as a team to provide special education resources and support to students who may need it. Student strengths and needs are outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

As teens transition​ to high school, their elem​​entary school will share information with the new school to ensure supports are in place.

Support in high school

There are various levels of special education support in high school. Students may receive support from their classroom teacher or an educational assistant in the classroom. Depending on the needs outlined in the IEP, students will receive accommodations as part of their courses. High schools also offer a range of locally developed courses designed to meet the learning needs of students. Depending on their needs, students may be part of a specialized program or class.

Like in elementary school, parents are involved in the planning for their teen's learning and support in high school. SEA equipment provided to students in elementary school will be transferred to their high school.

Special education placements in high school

  • Students who are identified as gifted have the option of continuing in the Gifted Program in high school.
  • A student might spend a portion of their day in a Learning Centre, which is a specialized class for small groups of students. In the Learning Centre, students receive intensive literacy and numeracy support from a special education teacher.
  • In some cases, students will be part of the Life Skills class, which provides intensive programming and support in basic literacy and numeracy, technology integration, communication, self help, social skills and vocational training.
  • Some students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be part of the Secondary ASD program, which is offered at certain locations in the county. This program is designed for students with significant needs in the areas of communication, self-regulation, social skills, self-help, community awareness and academics.

Students may work towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC), or a Certificate of Accomplishment.