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Special Education Programs

Learning Strategies

Edmonton Public Schools

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.  

Program Overview  

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.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

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Pre-Kindergarten builds children's strengths and skills in a playful, language-rich environment. To attend Pre-Kindergarten, children need to meet criteria to be eligible. Learn more about placement in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for 2019-20.

GOALS

  • Build social skills and confidence in a playful and welcoming environment
  • Develop speech, language and motor skills through exploration and guided activities
  • Learn to share, problem solve and express themselves
  • Discover new experiences, friends and a love of learning

BENEFITS

  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Opportunities to share and celebrate a variety of cultural backgrounds with classmates
  • Family activities to help support their child’s learning before Kindergarten

PROGRAM DELIVERY

  • Half-day classes, four days per week
  • 8 to 16 children per class
  • Playful and engaging learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on children’s needs and interests
  • Families and children have direct access to multidisciplinary support, such as speech and language, physical therapy, occupational therapy and school family liaison services

ELIGIBILITY  

Pre-Kindergarten is for children aged three and four. To be eligible, children need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English Language Learners (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • First Nations, Metis, Inuit (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Mild/Moderate developmental delays (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Severe developmental delays (must be 3 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)

Pre-Kindergarten may be available to children for one, two or three years of programming, depending on children’s needs.