Program Head

Kristy McDonnell

Teachers

Raylee Bonnell
Sarah Cook
Adam Harnack
Elizabeth Jones
Sandra Karl
Kristy McDonnell
Dan Sullivan

Educational Assistants

Ev Ashton
Marijana Barukcic
Kristiane Boyd
Judy Brockelbank
Valerie Dietrich
Brenda Feeney
Yvonne Hall
Sam Kropf
Taveena Kum
Tiana Mataruga
Michelle Mawhiney
Kim McLeod
Evelyne Menard
Danielle Modolo
Claudia Nunes
Gina Rabak
Mary Jo Raslovetzky
Judy Scorfield
Teresa Van Schaik
Kristina Wiersma

Child & Youth Workers (CYWs)

Bobbi MacGregor (Community/Active Living students)
Kelsey Agunmadu (student surnames:  to L)
Keri Thompson (student surnames:  M to Z)

Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Brittney Duke

Welcome to Special Education Program Area

Enrichment Opportunities

Applications for enrichment opportunities are available in the Enrichment Basket in room 233. If you need another copy of the booklet of enrichment opportunities for the board, these are also available.

Refer also to the “Enrichment & Extension” section under the “Academic Programs” menu.

The Essential Program

This program is designed for students whose Individual Education Plan indicates the student is working on grade 5-7 expectations from the Ontario Curriculum in Mathematics and Science and/or English upon entry to grade 9.

In grades 9 and 10, students in the Essential Program will take special courses for credit in Mathematics and Science and/or English. They will also take a special education learning strategies course for credit that will assist the students to be successful in their grade 9 and 10 program. Upon successful completion of the grade 9 and 10 Essential Program, students will be prepared to study workplace preparation courses in grades 11 and 12. Students in the Essential Program will work to successfully complete the required 30 credits to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Students who experience difficulty in meeting the requirements of this program may choose to focus on meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary Certificate with the understanding that they may continue to work towards a diploma at a later date.

The Essential Mathematics, Science and English courses are locally developed courses approved by the Ministry of Education. “Locally developed course are courses that meet the educational needs not met by provincial curriculum policy documents.”

The A.C.T.I.V.E. Program

Accomplishing Community or Certificate Training in View of Employment (A.C.T.I.V.E.) is a program designed for students entering Gr. 9 whose individual Education Plan indicates the student is working on Junior/ Grade 4-5 level expectations from the Ontario curriculum.

View the A.C.T.I.V.E. Program brochure

The Community Living Program

The Community Living program has been developed for students entering Grade 9 whose Individual Education Plan indicates the student is working on primary level expectations from the Ontario curriculum or on individualized alternate expectations.

View the Community Living Program brochure

Community Connections

Since 1994 the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) and the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) have been publishing the Community Connections information booklet outlining support services for persons with disabilities in conjunction with an information night of the same name.

The intent of this booklet is to provide you with connections to resources that are available in our communities within Waterloo Region. It offers an easy way to search for options and make decisions about which programs fit your needs.

Refer to the St. Mary’s Course Calendar for course descriptions