Growing Relationships And Communication Education
- G.R.A.C.E. students are working on building effective communication skills require 1:1 assistance for more than 50% of their day
- generally have multiple exceptionalities
- will benefit from a designated 8:1 student-teacher ratio
- need assistance / support with most acts of daily living and personal care Upon graduation, G.R.A.C.E. students may be candidates for Community
- Living Algoma programming, Breaking Away, or other relevant programs offered in our community.
Communication - The students will work on developing effective communication skills, interpersonal skills, and building meaningful relationships. These communication skills will allow students to make requests and direct basic life needs.
Examples of activities: social skill games, community outings, daily talk time
Life Skills - The students will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that encourage independence, personal accountability, and self- advocacy. Math and language relevant to life skills will also be a focus. Each student will be working toward their personal goals as outlined in their Individual Education Plans.
Examples of activities: grocery shopping, meal preparation, personal hygiene activities, functional arithmetic, fundamental literacy skills
Evaluation of student progress for I.L.S. and G.R.A.C.E. students:
Each student will have a set of short and long term goals, established in cooperation with the school, parents / guardians, and any community partners. It will be those individual goals the students will work toward, and on which assessment will be based.
Provincial report cards will be distributed at the same time as all other Secondary students. Parents / Guardians are encouraged to attend the school wide scheduled interviews to set goals for the next reporting period. Positive home involvement is a key element to the success of the students in Specialty Programming at St. Mary’s College.
Things to Note:
- Students will follow all St. Mary’s College routines and schedules
- They are welcome, and encouraged, to participate fully in all extracurricular activities and clubs
- They have the same breaks and lunch as all students of St. Mary’s College Students participate fully in all school sanctioned activities
- Students are expected to adhere to the same code of conduct as all SMC students
- Students are able to remain in the programs until 21 years of age
- Students are encouraged to participate fully in graduation activities and ceremonies
- Most students will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment Students are not working toward a OSSD
- School, home and community partners will work cooperatively during the Transition Planning phase