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  • Ms. J. Nicolson - Contact Room
  • Ms. V. Lin - Inclusion Program
  • Ms. L. Jack - Inclusion Program
  • Ms. W. St.Kitts - Inclusion Program
  • Ms. McLaughlin 
  • Mrs. J. Roberts


Programs/Supports Offered


Learning Strategies 100/200

The purpose of the Learning Strategies course is to help students develop as independent, self-directed, responsible, confident, motivated and effective learners.

The critical areas of learning identified to help students achieve this goal are the following:


1. Application of research and inquiry process

2. Building self-knowledge

3. Knowing and using learning skills

4. Problem solving

5. Knowing and using personal management skills

6. Knowing and using interpersonal skills

7. Goal setting, decision making and planning for action


*adapted from Getting Assessment Right – Guidance grades 9-10, ISBN 1-894369-21-1 Data Based Directions


Learning Strategies 300/400

This course improves students’ learning skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work and postsecondary education and become independent, lifelong learners. Students will learn how to assess their learning abilities and use critical reading, time management, and other techniques for promoting effective learning. In addition, they will investigate learning requirements for employment and postsecondary education or training and develop plans for learning after secondary school.


Special Education Monitoring

All students who have been identified as exceptional or those students who have been recommended for increased support will be monitored by a special education teacher during their time at Erindale. Monitoring entails tracking of attendance, guiding students in course selections, helping with transitions and completion of homework and other such assignments.


All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to thrive and to gain full benefit from their high school experience. Some students have special needs that require supports beyond those ordinarily received in their school setting.

At Erindale, the Special Education Department will help students learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. This department helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.





To gain full benefit from the experience of high school, we believe that all students require support from teachers, peers, family and friends to thrive.  Some students have strengths and needs that require supports beyond those received in the regular school setting.  These needs may be met through a special education program that is outlined by the province and put into practice by the school board and specifically, Erindale Secondary School.


In Ontario, students who meet the criteria under The Education Act on Special Education are provided with special education programs and services and an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  At Erindale Secondary School we co-create IEPs for every formally identified student and at times, for the informally identified student (principal's discretion).


The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed with the input of teachers, guidance counsellors, parents and the student. The IEP must be available within 30 working days of the school year. This plan can be changed throughout the year according to the needs of the student.


We offer:

  • Regional Communication Program
  • Inclusion Program
  • Support for behavioral, communicational, intellectual, physical and/or multiple exceptionalities
  • Peer Mentorship/Coaches 

The staff at Erindale Secondary School thrive on the many opportunities provided to customize their learning and continue to develop professionally so that students gain the most from their high school experience.  We diligently cater to our students needs by developing innovative programs, by using school and external resources, and teaching and learning through differentiated instruction and fostering a positive school climate through collaboration. The Special Education Program at Erindale Secondary School is geared toward optimal student success.

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