Special Programs



This program is designed to service students Grades 8 to 12 who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and who would benefit from intense behavioural support.  A comprehensive and collaborative team approach is used to develop programming that is highly individualized according to each student's needs.


These programmes are designed to give students who are not succeeding in a regular school setting, an opportunity to continue their education.  The outcome of this programme may be any of the following:

  • Reintegration into a regular school programme,
  • Entry directly into the work force,
  • Entry into a vocational training programme.

The application form for this programme must be obtained from the Delta School Board Office.  Admission to this programme is made through a District Screening Committee.


We offer two types of classes for ELL students:

  • Language instruction, which included actitivites, assignments, and projects to increase student comfort and competence with English; Language strategies, which includes small group and one-on-one instruction with students to teach and to support strategies that are necessary for success in their academic and elective classes.


This programme is designed to service students from grade 8 - 12 who are classified as having mild intellectual disabilities.  The programme offers individualized instruction in academic subjects, and support where required for integration into the regular school curriculum.  Instruction is also provided in the areas of community, social and work experience skills.


This is an adapted support program for student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or chronic health issues.  These students have average to above average intellectual abilities and all students are striving to complete a regular Dogwood graduation certificate.  Students will receive classroom support and write the majority of tests and quizzes in a separate setting.  This program functions to provide support on mulitple levels; academic, emotional, and social so that students reach their potential.


Students from a variety of countries come to Canada for several monthes, or a year, or through to graduation to learn English in a Canadian public school setting.  Students take academic, elective and ELL classes.  Most international students live with a homestay family in Ladner.


This programme is designed to service students from grad 8 - 10 who are classified as having moderate intellectual disabilities.  The programme provides individualized instruction in academic subjects, and support for integration into the regular school curriculum based on interest and ability level.  As well, instruction is provided in the areas of community, social and domestic skills.


The Learning Disability Program is for those students, grades 8 to 12 who have, according to ministry criteria, been diagnosed with a moderate to severe Learning Disability.  The primary aim of the LD program is to provide academic support for the four core subject areas of Science, Socials, Math and English.  Each student in the program will have an Individualized Education Plan in place that outlines any academic and exam adaptations as granted by the Ministry of Education.


The focus of the Learning Assistance program is to provide students with the academic support and skill development necessary for success.  Emphasis is on improving student habits and skills in studying, as well as applying learning strategies within the context of assignment completion, and time management and organization.  The priority is to provide academic support in English, Social Studies, Math and Science; however, students may also improve basic skills in reading, writing, spelling and math concepts.

Close consultation with teachers, parents, and counsellors is an essential part of assisting students, and of helping students to help themselves.  Students are admitted to the program through a screening process, usually based on testing and teacher/staff consultation.

STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING - (Grade 10, 11 & 12)

Strategies courses are designed to examine how individual students approach learning, studying and completing assignments.  The emphasis is to improve organizational and time management skills, research and computer skills, study skills, and test taking strategies.  The courses are locally developed and provide credit toward graduation.  Course assessment is based on in-class use of skills and strategies, participation in class lessons, performance in other subject areas, self-evaluation and self-advocacy.  The intended audience is students with learning challenges who have been recommended through the Learning Centre and/or Counselor.  Students must have several academic subjects in which they need support in order for this course to be beneficial.


The Supportive Learning Classroom is designed to meet the needs of thirteen to fifteen year old students designated with moderate to severe behaviour concerns as well as social/emotional challenges.  The primary goal for each student is full integration into the regular school program, but for those students who require more individualized support, this program offers a unique, comfortable, small group setting to work on their individual needs.  In consultation with a parent/guardian a "pull out" model may be employed in which a student engages in a more personalized program of study.


The Senior Supportive Learning (SSL) program is a District supported program for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 with moderate to severe behaviour concerns as well as social/emotional challenges, who wish to complete a Dogwood Graduation Certification.  Staff work to provide individualized assistance and endevour to provide mainstream class support when scheduling allows.  Students are encouraged to take as many courses in the regular school program, but should they require a smaller, more comfortable setting, personalized programs of study can be arranged.


This program is designed to service students from Grade 10 - 12 who are classified as having moderate intellectual disabilities.  The program seeks to maximize student independence in a variety of settings.  The main focus of the program is on integration into the work force and community.  Instruction is provided in the areas of functional academics, social, community, travel training, domestic skills and work experience, as well as support of integrated classes; including academic classes for a Dogwood Diploma.