Special Education Programs
How do I know the FOCUS Program is right for my child?
The FOCUS program is a specialized system program which uses a combination of small and large group instruction to meet the educational and emotional requirements of students with complex needs. Students who meet system requirements are eligible to attend this program.
How does my child get into the program?
Your child's school will provide information about eligibility for entering the FOCUS program. If your child currently resides outside of Elk Island, please contact EIPS Supports for Students (780-417-8219) for information or advice. All placement decisions are made by Supports for Students based on assessments and recommendations from the current classroom teacher.
How Does the Program Work?
The FOCUS program provides a positive, structured, supportive learning environment for students with complex academic, behavioral and emotional needs.
What are the Benefits of the Program? FOCUS programming helps students by providing:
a) a supportive learning environment
b) access to individualized programming and instruction
c) development of strategies and skills to assist in the school environment and beyond
Instruction is guided by an Individualized Program Plan (IPP), builds on individual strengths and needs and is presented in a meaningful, practical manner.
GOALS (Generating Occupational, Academic and Life Skills) Program
GOALS is a system special education program designed to meet the needs of students with mild cognitive disabilities. The focus of this program is on basic academic skills as well as life skills and social skill development. Instruction is guided by an IPP and builds on individual strengths and needs.
PLACE (Practical Learning and Community Education) Program
The PLACE program is a system special education program designed to meet the needs of students with moderate cognitive disabilities and significant delays in all areas of development. Emphasis is placed on communication, self-care, basic literacy and numeracy, and personal, social and vocational skills in the classroom and the community. Instruction is guided by an IPP and builds on individual strengths and needs.