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Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education Team at Bellerose Composite High School is committed to providing responsible, inclusive programming. Our students are provided with an opportunity to maximize their education within both our school community and the city. Students graduating from our programs will have had every opportunity to reach their greatest level of academic ability, independence in accessing community services, and developing meaningful skill sets.

An inclusive education system is a way of thinking and acting that demonstrates acceptance of, and belonging for, all students, regardless of their backgrounds, needs or abilities. It is founded on the belief that all children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources. Inclusive learning is more than just placement of a student--it is about participating, belonging, being engaged in the learning process, and being welcomed and embraced in the classroom.

Bellerose Composite High School offers three strands of student-focused programming to meet each individual student's needs:

  1. Gaining Occupational & Life Skills (GOALS)
  2. Beyond Education, Living & Learning (BELL)
  3. Knowledge and Employability (K&E)
Our students may participate in one or more strands of programming. Programs may be blended to offer our students a truly individualized experience.

Gaining Occupational & Life Skills (GOALS)

The GOALS program supports students' individual needs and maximizes their personal strengths. School staff will work in partnership with students and families to ensure successful student-focused planning. Inclusive-minded programming focuses on students being engaged and connected to their school and community. Within the GOALS setting, each student is encouraged to build the skill sets, opportunities and experiences they will need to be prepared for a successful transition into adult life. We focus on three foundational pillars of academics (literacy and numeracy), engagement and wellness to ensure each student’s program is individualized to their learning needs and identified personal interests. School staff will work in partnership with students and families to ensure successful student-focused planning. Inclusive-minded programming focuses on students being engaged and connected to their school and community. Technology will be used as a tool to facilitate 21st-century learning and increase independence.

Structure

  • Academics: literacy and numeracy
  • Work experience: an introduction to the development of skill sets required for workplace success
  • Human relations: emphasizing self-awareness and building relationships
  • Personal management: learning to organize and plan for oneself, using tools for greater independence


BELL (Beyond Education, Living & Learning)

The BELL Program is a new program, designed to act as a springboard for returning students (post-grade 12 graduates) to build the skill sets, opportunities and experiences he or she will need to be prepared for a successful transition into adult life.

Structure

  • Work experience: staff will assist students in finding an appropriate work placement that will further enhance the student's employable skills
  • CTS course experience: students will be assigned to CTS courses in their area of interest


Transitional Recommended Year (TRY 10)

The TRY 10 Program is for students who require academic support, need extra one-on-one help from their teachers (i.e. organizational and time management strategies), and have an overall academic need (not just one subject area). Students will be accepted into the program based upon referral from their junior high teachers/counsellor. TRY 10 will be offered subject to sufficient enrollment. TRY 10 will involve students being placed in a cohort group for their Grade 10 year. They will travel as a cohort to their core classes throughout the year. These classes include English Language Arts 10-2, Social Studies 10-2, Science 14 and Math 10-3. They will be able to choose their own options, but may be limited in their selection based on the restrictions of their core course placements. We attempt to create smaller class sizes for the program, in order to best support learner needs. 


Knowledge and Employability (K&E) Courses

Since inclusive-minded programming focuses on students maximizing their strengths, quite often the Dash 4 route may become an option. Some students may be capable of earning a high school certificate of achievement. These courses provide students with opportunities to experience success and become well-prepared for employment, further post-secondary studies, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning. They are intended to maximize opportunities for student success and to support high school completion.

Knowledge and Employability courses assist students in:

  • transitioning from school to the workplace and community
  • preparing for ethical citizenship
  • gaining recognition, respect and value from employers
  • attaining access to continuing education opportunities

More information is available from Alberta Education.


Students participating in this stream can also enter into RAP or Work Experience for further training in preparation for specific employment opportunities, or they can challenge an additional six courses and complete their Alberta high school diploma.

K&E Flowchart

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a K&E student to attain a certificate of high school achievement. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.
80 credits including the following: Career and Life Management 20 [3 credits]
English Language Arts 20-2 or 30-4
Mathematics 20-4
Physical Education 10 [3 credits]
Science 20-4
Social Studies 20-4

5 credits in: 30-level Knowledge & Employability Occupational Course, or
30-level Career & Technology Studies (CTS), or
30-level Locally Developed Course with an Occupational focus

AND 5 credits in: 30-level Knowledge & Employability Workplace Practicum Course, or
30-level Work Experience Course, or
30-level Green Certificate Course

OR 5 credits in: 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Course
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