Educational Support I – Mr. Fyfe

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 – Ms. Berting-Akre

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 – Ms. Matheson, Ms. Szata

This is a district program designed for students with diagnosed learning disabilities who are experiencing academic difficulties. The emphasis of the Learning Strategies program is on developing specific attending, organizational, work and time management skills that will enable students to cope with the learning demands of the high school curriculum. Successful candidates have a diagnosed learning disability, are of average or above average ability and are willing to participate positively and regularly in the program.

Students will receive a high school diploma upon successful completion of appropriate mainstream courses. Up to 15 credits can be earned towards the high school program by enrollment and completion of coursework in the complementary Learning Strategies courses, Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35.

Mainstream Support Program – Ms. Grasmuck

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) – Ms. Szata

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.

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.

Special Needs

Educational Support I – Mr. Fyfe

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 – Ms. Berting-Akre

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 – Ms. Matheson, Ms. Szata

This is a district program designed for students with diagnosed learning disabilities who are experiencing academic difficulties. The emphasis of the Learning Strategies program is on developing specific attending, organizational, work and time management skills that will enable students to cope with the learning demands of the high school curriculum. Successful candidates have a diagnosed learning disability, are of average or above average ability and are willing to participate positively and regularly in the program.

Students will receive a high school diploma upon successful completion of appropriate mainstream courses. Up to 15 credits can be earned towards the high school program by enrollment and completion of coursework in the complementary Learning Strategies courses, Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35.

Mainstream Support Program – Ms. Grasmuck

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) – Ms. Szata

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.

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.