INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS I
- enter secondary via I.L.S. I
- may be coming from self-contained programs, or an integrated setting
- are in the initial years of secondary school
- will benefit from a designated 16:1 student - teacher ratio
- are working on personal goals as outlined in their Individual Education Plan are functioning well below age level academically
- often have difficulty socially and have low self-esteem
- are tactile and experiential learners
- may require additional support in relation to behaviour, personal/physical or emotional needs
- Educational Assistants will be available to support academic and physical needs, as necessary
Social Skills - The students will participate in a variety of social activities. The goal of the social skills component of the I.L.S. I Program is to develop appropriate social skills when dealing with peers. Activities selected will be those that the students may be able to continue with independently after completion of the program.
Topics of study: teamwork, following directions, personal and community safety
Life Skills - Students will have an opportunity to participate in, and be exposed to, a variety of skills to encourage independence, personal accountability and self-advocacy skills.
Topics of study: meal preparation, personal health & hygiene
Functional Academics - Students will have an opportunity to continue to develop practical math and language skills essential to independent living. Student will work at their individual levels with support, as necessary.
Topics of study: money, time and time concepts, essential literacy skills, basic arithmetic 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