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The Special Education Department at Turner Fenton S.S. works to support  student success for all students but primarily those who have been identified as “exceptional”.  Recognizing that each student has unique and individual learning needs, we offer a variety of programs, utilizing differentiated instruction and specific accommodations geared to the individual learner.  Our commitment extends from one-on-one support to smaller class size and is enhanced by access to assistive technology, an open Contact program, provision of alternative work spaces, locally developed curriculum and timetabling geared to the student’s learning style.

The following programs are provided for our exceptional students through the Special Education Department:

*     Specific Learning Disabilities

*     Vocational Learning

*     Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource


Please contact the school for more information:  905- 453- 9220

Special Education Department   x 657

Guidance Office    x 601

Administration    x 600





The Identification, Placement and Review Committee



The IPRC meets regularly to identify and review each exceptional student’s needs and appropriate placement in school programs.  The committee includes the school’s Principal, and representatives from the Special Education and Guidance Departments.   

Parents receive a written invitation to attend the IPRC

and must consent to placement or change in

program for their child.

You will receive a copy of the Peel Board’s A Parent’s Guide to the IPRC with your invitation to attend.  More information is available on the Ministry of Education website: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/identifi.html








Schools must develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for every identified student. Schools also have the discretion to develop an IEP for students who have not been formally identified as exceptional.  An IEP is a written plan describing the special education program and/or services required by a particular student, based on a thorough assessment of the student's strengths and needs that affect the student's ability to learn and demonstrate learning.  In some cases, a student's learning will include expectations derived from an alternative program (such as social skills, communication, and behaviour management).  Alternative programs are intended to supplement, not replace, the student's access to the provincial curriculum.

  • Parents and students are important contributors to the IEP process.
  • A draft IEP will be sent home in early fall of each year for you and your child for input.  




Assistive Technology



Special Education students are encouraged to use assistive technology to enhance their learning. Technology includes computer based applications such as Premier and Kurzweil (talking word processors and much more), which are available here at Turner Fenton S.S. and other supports such as the LiveScribe pen, which individual families provide for their children.  Equipment provided through SEA claims is tracked through the Special Education department.  Students who require access to specialized equipment during class time or for exams, may attend the Contact Room and work there.



Premier Assistive Technology has created a wide assortment of tools that make your computer read to you. Peel District School board has made these programs available for you to use at home. Have your computer read your favourite web page, PDF file, email, homework, or even read a book. There is also a program on this site that will let you convert your documents into audio files so you can listen to them on your MP3 player. These tools are also great for proofreading and editing your homework


You can go to www.PremierAtHome.com and download and install the products you need.


Access the Parent Memo from Premier for more information.





Your Time Counts

Completing 40 Hours of Volunteer Work



All students graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work.  Forms for recording these hours, with signatures, are available in the Guidance Office in the North Hall and in the South Hall Office.



Once the 40 hours are completed and signed off, the student should make a photocopy for their own records and hand in the original signed document to the Principal’s office.

Students should consider continuing their volunteer work once the required hours are completed.


Students graduating with an Ontario Certificate of Education are not required to complete these 40 hours but are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability.





The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test



The OSSLT assesses whether students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.


Students identified as “exceptional” are allowed accommodations as per their IEPs while writing the OSSLT. This may include scribing, verbatim reading, access to Premier Assistive technology or extended time allowances.


More information is available at the following link:



As well, all Grade 10 students are prepared for the test during their classes coming up to test day.  On that day, only students involved in the Literacy Test will attend school.


Students in the Vocational One program are not required to write the OSSLT.





Peel District School Board Online Links 


Peel District School Board 


Co-operative Education


Special Education Programs


Categories of Exceptionalities in Special Education


Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs 




Community Agency Partners available in Peel


Brampton-Caledon Community Living provides support and empowers people who have an intellectual disability, in partnership with their families and the community, to lead enriched and meaningful lives



ErinoakKids provides a comprehensive range of treatment, rehabilitation and support services to children with disabilities and their families each year



Geneva Centre for Autism - Youth Services offers a wide range of services to youth and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder



Kerry's Place Autism Services provides Community Outreach services, psychological and family support services to people with an ASD and accommodation supports.



KidsPathways Peel provides service coordination for children and youth up to 18 with special needs, living in Peel Region



Kinark Child and Family Services children’s mental health organization providing help to children and youth, families and communities



Learning Disabilities Associations of North Peel provides leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and advances the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society.



Pathways in Education Peel provides educational resources to families of students with a developmental disability, educators and developmental service providers in the Region of Peel.



Peel Children's Centre offers many excellent treatment services for children, teenagers, and families who are having serious issues with relationships, feelings, or behaviour.



YMCA of Greater Toronto and Mississauga offers a wide range of free services including counselling, educational workshops and referrals.





Crisis Links and Numbers




Child and Adolescent Clinic - William Osler Hospital

Distress Centre Peel, Mobile Crisis Team


Kids Help Phone


Peel Children’s Centre Crisis Response


RAIN (Reaching Adolescents in Need)
Youth Substance Abuse Program






Specific Learning Disabilities Program

Our goal is to create learning environments that cater to each individual’s learning strengths.  We work to develop self-advocacy in our students and introduce the IEP as a vehicle for shared success between the student, the classroom teacher and the Special Education team.


Learning Strategies Level 1 (LS1)


LS1 will be offered to students able to work at the APPLIED or ACADEMIC level but whose learning needs are significant:

    • influenced by a Learning Disability, ADHD
    • need for remedial support in basic numeracy/literacy
    • need for transition support to work or post - secondary education

Curriculum support for these students is provided in the GLE 1O7, 2O7, 3O7, 4O7 courses (maximum of 4 credits). 



Learning Strategies Level 2 (LS2)


LS2 will be offered to students as supplemental support to Level 1 (in the semester when GLE is not scheduled) or as a stand-alone delivery of support for students who require on-going monitoring and assistance, but may not require or benefit more intensive intervention offered through the GLE credit.  This placement provides on-going support as directed by the student’s IEP for example:

    • Access to word processors for written assignments
    • Time extensions for formal assessment
    • Specific instructional accommodations (visual cuing, organizational supports)need for transition support to work or post - secondary education
    • Assistance to reduce frustration
    • On-going support for literacy development
    • Support and monitoring to improve personal management skills

The Team approach to learning accommodations, strategies and assessment  contributes significantly to the success of the exceptional students in our school when they are woven into the daily classes they attend.




Vocational Learning



The Turner Fenton Vocational program is for exceptional students referred to the program through their Grade 8 schools and our IPRC.  Students learn at a pace which meets their needs and graduate after a Co-operative Education experience, introducing them to the world of work.  The vocational program is a school-to-work program with an emphasis on transitioning to independence and the workplace. Students attending our Vocational Program must live within the specified boundaries.

Check out our Vocational Program Video!



Vocational Level 2


The Vocational Level Two program (sometimes referred to as the Basic program) has a focus on the vocational trades. Courses at Turner Fenton include Hospitality programs (including a specialist High Skills major), Auto Body and Auto Mechanics programs, Construction programs and a Cosmetology program.

     Ontario Secondary School Diploma

            Completion of 30 credits

         ●    40 hours of community service

         ●    Success on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or the Ontario Literacy course



Vocational Level 1


The Vocational Level One program (sometimes referred to as the Special Basic program) is a school-to-work or a school-to-life program. The focus in this program is to teach students life skills that will be transferrable into a number of real-world situations. Examples of these skills include literacy and numeracy, self-advocacy, problem-solving, and age-appropriate social skills.


Students graduating from the Vocational Level 1 program obtain a Certificate of Education.




Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Program



The ASD Resource Program at Turner Fenton serves students, identified as being on the spectrum and who are  recommended to this program through a central IPRC at the Peel District School Board’s main offices.

We are committed to integrating our students into regular classrooms with intensive support, academically, socially and emotionally.  Experienced and qualified teaching staff and teaching assistants work with the student, their family, school staff and Board support personnel, along with community organizations to develop self confidence, social skills, academic growth and independence in all the students.  Each student is acknowledged for their individual strengths and presented with opportunities to capitalize on these strengths.

For more information, speak with your current teacher or school counsellor.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?


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