Diverse Learning Needs
Students with learning difficulties have varied and complex needs. Memorial offers programs that assist students who experience academic, physical, or emotional challenges that impact their performance in school.
Academic Support Program
This mainstream program provides support to students enrolled in an Alberta High School Diploma program or a Knowledge and Employability Certificate of High School Achievement (80 credits) who experience academic difficulties or are challenged with physical disabilities. The Academic Support team provides a range of supports including:
- Daily drop-in help
- Study help
- EA assistance in some core classes
- Exam accomodations
- Monitoring overall progress and attendance
Students who are currently served by an Individual Program Plan (IPP), or have learning needs identified through recent psycho-educational testing are eligible for supports through this program. Eligible students' names are forwarded to Memorial by their parent schools.
Knowledge and Employability Program (KAE)
Knowledge and Employability courses provide students with opportunities to experience success and become well prepared for employment, further studies, citizenship and lifelong learning. Staff at MCHS will ensure that students are enrolled in courses that are appropriate to their highest level of achievement.
Students are encouraged to achieve a Certificate of High School Achievement when they successfully complete 80 credits in an appropriate combination of KAE and other high school courses. Some students may transition successfully from KAE courses to other courses to achieve a high school diploma or to continuing education and training opportunities.
Knowledge and Employability courses are available to students in Grade 10 through 12 who have been recommended from their previous school and have a recent psycho-educational assessment.
Living, Academic, Work Skills (LAWS)
LAWS is an alternate classroom program for students with mild to moderate cognitive delays for whom the completion of the Alberta High School Diploma would be too difficult. Students work from an adapted curriculum in:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Health and Wellbeing
- Functional life skills
- Job preparation
- Community work experience
This is a non-credit program that does not lead to an Alberta High School Diploma. However, at the successful completion of their Grade 12 year, students are encouraged to participate in the school's graduation exercises and they are awarded a Certificate of Completion of a Special Education Program. There may be some students who could be eligible to complete a Knowledge and Employability Skills Certificate.
Students graduating from this program may consider going into the work force or attending a Transitional Vocational College program after their three year programs.
To be eligible for this program, individual program plans and recent psycho-educational testing must identify the need for modified programming. Placement in this program is by special arrangement between the student's present school and Memorial.
Practical Living and Community Education (PLACE)
PLACE is a classroom program for students with moderate to severe cognitive delays who require small group and/or individual assistance. Some students may have severe physical challenges, and their goal is to use adaptive technology to gain more independence.
The focus of this program is on life skills where dependent students learn functional academics, daily living skills, and vocational skills. Students are involved in many community activities and outings to further develop their skills.
This is a non-credit program and does not lead to an Alberta High School Diploma. At the end of their high school program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion of a Special Education Program. They participate in a special PLACE spring farewell activity.
To be eligible for this program, students will have been assessed as moderately to severely dependent and in need of life skills programming. Placement in this program is by special arrangement between the student's present school and Memorial.