Student Services - Overview
Goal: To support the diverse learning needs of ALL students in the Notre Dame community.
In accordance with British Columbia's model of education, Notre Dame practices an inclusive model, promoting equitable access to learning. To ensure that individual needs are met, Student Services collaborates with parents, teachers and the student to create an Individual Education Plan. An Individual Education Plan describes individualized goals and what is required to achieve those goals. Often, Individual Education Plans are necessary because the learning needs of the student are different from the learning outcomes of the course.
The Notre Dame Student Services Department is a team of Teachers, Special Education Assistants and the Student Services Department Head.
Teachers in the department teach a variety of classes. Program Support focuses on developing organization and time management skills, improving reading and writing skills and providing support for students in their academic classes. Work Experience and an Apprentice Program provide students with the opportunity to build skills necessary for the transition into the workplace after high school. Life skills teaches functional curriculum, daily living skills and social skills for students on modified school programs.
Special Education Assistants work with students in the classroom, one-on-one or in small groups, implementing Individual Education Plans. Special Education Assistants provide adaptations and/or modifications to the learning environment, materials being used and the presentation of information.
The Student Services Department Head is responsible for providing resources, strategies and professional development opportunities to the Student Services Team. The Department Head develops the IEPs, overseas their implementation and co-ordinates services for students from professionals such as Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Behavioral Therapists.