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 who experience academic difficulties or are challenged with physical disabilities. Academic Support is a scheduled class. The Academic Support team provides a range of supports including:
- Study help
- EA assistance in some core classes
- Extra credit completion
- Exam accomodations
- Monitoring overall progress and attendance
Students who are currently supported with an Individual Program Plan (IPP), or have learning needs identified through recent psycho-educational testing are eligible for support through this program. Eligible students' names are forwarded to Memorial by their previous schools.
Life Academic Work Skills (LAWS)
LAWS is an alternate classroom program for students with mild, moderate and severe cognitive delays. The program focuses on life skills: students learn functional academics, daily living skills and vocational skills. Much of this learning occurs through community work placements. Students are also involved in many community activities and outings to further develop their skills.
Students have access to adaptive technology to gain more independence. Sensory needs can be met through the use of an onsite sensory room as needed.
This is a non-credited program that does not lead to an Alberta High School Diploma. 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 in a Special Education Program. Students completing this program may consider going into the workforce or attending a Transitional Vocational Program at a post secondary institution.
To be eligible for this program, individual program plans (IPPs) and recent psycho-educational testing must identify the need for specialized programming. Placement in this program is through an individual intake to the program established between the students, present school, parents and Memorial. The personalized details of the programming will be determined at that time.
For more information contact:
Inclusive Education Lead, MCHS