Special Education Programs
Ekota School is a district site for the Learning Strategies program. Students in this program must meet criteria for placement as outlined by Edmonton Public Schools. The intent of the Learning Strategies program is to assist students in gaining strategies to be successful learners when they return to the regular classroom setting. Student reviews are conducted on a regular basis to determine continuation of eligibility.
Several children in our program live within walking distance of Ekota. Students who live beyond walking distance to the school are offered yellow bus service for a minimal monthly fee. There is a supervised lunch program at Ekota. Students in the Learning Strategies program are eligible to participate in the lunchroom program without cost.
The goal of the Learning Strategies program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and strategies to be successful learners. Classroom programming follows the Alberta Education curriculum guidelines, with greater emphasis on specific areas of student needs. Emphasis is placed on meeting the individual needs of the students, which are typically in the academic areas of language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) and mathematics. Specialized literacy instruction is an integral component of the program. Students are taught a variety of organizational skills to support their learning and development. Additional support to meet specific learner needs is provided through small group instruction. As well, individual accommodations are made to maximize student success.
Our program provides short term and long-term options, as determined by individual learner needs. Throughout the day, students work in a safe and caring learning environment in which they gain confidence and see themselves as successful learners.