Primary School Student Support
The learning needs and special strengths of students are identified through a variety of forms of assessment, including informal teacher observation and checklists, grade-level assessments in reading, writing, spelling, and math, standardized tests, and, when appropriate, external professional evaluations. At times, student needs are identified in response to parental concerns. The team collaboratively identifies individual student needs as well as in-class learning support strategies, additional learning support, and other interventions, which are shared with the student’s parents. The Student Support Team also monitors learning support provided to individual students through the following support structures:
- Reading Support in English, Grades 1-2: A Reading Recovery-trained teacher provides individual and/or group reading support to first and second graders in pull-out settings and, where and when appropriate, in the classroom.
- Language Support in French and Spanish, Grades 1-5: The primary school employs two more support teachers, one in Spanish and one in French. Both are experienced teachers and native speakers of the language who provide in-class and out-of-class support for individuals and small groups in French and Spanish.
- Learning Specialist: The learning specialist works with teachers and students to provide strategies to address identified learning needs.
- After School Support: Students who stay in extended day care after school participate in study hall and a small percentage receive after school tutoring with a primary school teacher.
- Math Support: The math support teacher works with teachers to plan differentiated lessons and provides in-class support for individuals and small groups in Grades 1-5.
- Counseling support at the primary school consists of short-term individual or small group support for students, as well as consultation with teachers, either individually or during quarterly grade-level team pastoral meetings, and meeting with parents. There are also friendship lunches and new student activities.
- The counselor also works with teachers to provide classroom lessons to develop healthy friendships, solve social problems, and increase self-esteem.