Educational Support I
This is a District Program for High School students who are typically coming out of the Junior High Educational Support – I Program. The course content is adapted to meet the needs of each student. It is a three-year program that combines practical academic instruction in the ES-1 Classroom along with selected option classes. Students may also participate in Work Site placements during Grade 11 and 12. The aim of the program is to prepare the student for independent living. Students graduate from this program with a certificate of completion but do not receive a High School diploma. District instructional services personnel are instrumental in the placement of students in this program.
Educational Support II
Educational Support II is a special education program for high school aged students who have a developmental disability. It is a three-year porgram that combines practical academic instruction, life and social skills and the possibility of work experience in the community. Students learn appropriate life and social skills to help them be successful in the community as well as employability skills that are needed to be productive workers.
The aim of the program is to prepare the student for the possibility of independent living. The focus is on functional academic skills, social skills and living skills. Students graduate from this program with a certificate of completion but do not receive a high school diploma. District Instructional Services personnel are instrumental in the placement of students in this program.
Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35
Learning Strategies is a course designed to assist high school students in developing understandings, literacies, skills and values to be successful learners across all subject areas. This course directly involves students in response to their needs and in respect to their courses of study. Progressively, students gain confidence, realize independence and achieve success in subject areas. The content of the Learning Strategies course is organized through five major topics: Understanding Self and Others as Learners, Organization and Management of TIme and Resources (Human & Material), Understanding the Learning Process, Responding to Assessment and Evaluation, and Self-Advocacy and Relationship Management in the School Setting.
Mainstream Support Program
This program supports students who have Alberta Education Coded conditions and non-coded students who are enrolled in regular education courses. Support is available for academic, emotional or behavioral issues. Many students are referred by the Teacher Advisors and school counsellors.
Diverse Learning Teachers (DLT Coordinating Teacher)
Cathy Szata is the CT of Diverse Learning. It is her job to oversee the special education programs at Bishop O’Byrne High School. In this position, Cathy coordinates the development of the Individual Program Plans throughout the school. Cathy also offers support to regular teachers in the form of strategies and professional development in the area of teaching students with learning differences. The CT works closely with teacher advisors, students, counsellors, administrators and parents. Feel free to contact Ms. Szata, CT of Diverse Learning, if you have questions or concerns.
Hosted in the Learning Commons, the Academic Centre period allows students to work in a focused environment. Educational assistants are available to help students prepare for exams and/or complete assignments. Although attendance is mandatory, credits are not granted for this period. Our All In For Youth Success Coach is also in the Learning Commons.
The Assessment Centre provides a secure optimum space for assessment and support for our students. Extended hours for before and after school are posted throughout the school year. The Centre is to be used for individual assessments. Our target population includes online learners including self-directed studies and dual credit learners, students who need to make up assessments due to excused absence, students who have met requirements for reassessment, and students who need additional time to complete an assessment.
K & E (Knowledge and Employability) Courses
The K&E courses are specifically designed to involve students with hands-on learning experiences and assist them in their successful transition to the workplace. These courses are particularly effective in connecting in-school learning with home, community and workplace experiences. In addition, these courses provide opportunities for students to becomes better prepared for employment, further studies, and life-long learning.