Every child is unique. In Parkland School Division, families have access to a wide array of programs designed to meet the diverse interests and needs of all students while following Alberta's program of study.
Programs of Choice
Programs of choice provide students and their parents with programs such as French Immersion, Christian Education, or Knowledge and Employability. They also allow for study in alternative settings such as Outreach Campuses or distance learning.
More than 800 students within Parkland School Division have diagnosed special needs. We provide a full range of specialized programs* that serve students with behavioural, communication, intellectual, learning and physical disabilities.
Wherever possible, first consideration is given to serving students with special needs through reasonable accommodations in a regular classroom setting in their designated neighbourhood school. All students identified with special needs are supported through the development of an Individualized Program Plan (IPP), implemented primarily by classroom teachers in cooperation with the child's parents.
*All specialized programs are accessed by referral of the home school through Learning Services.
Alberta Education is in the midst of developing future provincial curriculum in consultation with Albertans. Their work will continue to take into consideration Alberta’s current curriculum, current research for each subject, the evolving needs of students and the curriculum in other provinces, territories and countries.
Information on additional opportunities to get involved with curriculum development will be posted on the Alberta Education website as it becomes available.
Child Disability Benefit
If you have a child with identified severe special needs, you may qualify for significant tax credits from the Government of Canada. This credit can assist you with the financial costs for therapy, specialized equipment or devices, and some respite care. Some families have received several thousand dollars through the Child Disability Benefit that they were able to use to support their child’s medical, physical and/or mental needs more easily.
Consult with an accountant or visit the Canada Revenue Agency's page on the Child Disability Benefit to learn more.
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