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Special Education Needs

Ross Sheppard is committed to the success of every student that comes through our doors, and we offer a wide range of special education programming to address the complex needs of our students.


Learning Strategies
This locally developed course explores various learning styles, organizing techniques, studying habits, advocating skills and test-taking tips/strategies. Additional topics include personal strategies for reading comprehension and writing. Students will also receive time and support for studying and homework. Your junior high counselor, principal, or special needs coordinator will assist with placement in this course.


Knowledge and Employabilities
Designed primarily for students whose levels of achievement in the areas of reading, writing, and computational skills are behind that of their peers. Focus is on development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for everyday living both in the community and on the job. Students who successfully complete this program earn the Alberta Certificate of Achievement. Your junior high counselor, principal, or special needs coordinator will assist with placement in this course.

Community Learning Skills Program
A district site for students who have been diagnosed with moderate cognitive delays.

The CLS Program is designed to develop functional life skills in a community based setting.  The CLS Program will provide a structured framework to enable students to improve their communication skills and social behavior, increase their self-esteem, and develop age appropriate behaviors.

This program focuses on several key areas:

  • Functional academics
  • Personal development
  • Domestic skills
  • Community awareness
  • Recreation/leisure skills
  • Vocational training

Interactions Program

The Interactions Program is a district site for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Interactions Program is a community-based, life skills oriented program. The program is tailored to meet individual student needs and abilities. There is a high degree of structure and support designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn to their best potential.

The program focuses on several key areas:Communication

  • Communication
  • Social Skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Recreation
  • Community access
  • Vocational Skills
  • Functional Academics