Here at the Woodview Learning Centre we have our four classrooms that are grouped by several factors, some of which include age, learning levels, and curriculum expectations. The first is the Primary pathway. This pathway includes JK-grade 2 aged-children and its programming is combined with Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI). The Primary pathway is overseen by our Principal, Education Coordinator, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), and Ontario Curriculum Instructors. The second pathway is the Elementary class. This is for grades 3-5, and is again overseen by our leadership and Ontario Curriculum Instructors. The third pathway is the Woodview Learning Enrichment Program (WLEP). This pathway is integrated into other classes. It focuses on taking students at grade level or close to it and expanding their learning in an engaging methodology that teaches them skills that are two grade levels above. The last pathway is the Woodview Alternative Skills Program (WASP). This pathway focuses on the essential skills for independence, volunteering/working, key foundational literacy/numeracy skills, and executive functioning. This pathway is meant for appropriate secondary age students and is similar to a high school life skills class.
The best start to your education is to have the best start. Our Primary Pathway combines Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) and the primary/early year’s curriculum to maximize the student’s potential. This program focuses on literacy, numeracy, self-regulation, and essential developmental life skills which are modelled from the TEACCH method. The TEACCH method provides our students with structure and organization. Our primary students work in a 2:1 ratio of students to staff.
The Elementary pathway is a natural next step for students who have completed the Primary one. The Elementary pathway introduces subjects such as Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Health, and Writing. Typically meant for grades 3-5, this pathway also incorporates the Ontario curriculum, IBI, plus the beginnings of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). This pathway can be offered in either a 2:1 ratio or a small group which would be determined by the student’s needs and level of independence.
The Woodview Learning Enrichment Program option is new to Woodview as of the 2018/2019 school year. It is designed with the concept of acceleration in mind. This is for students who are near or at grade level in their core subjects and looking to eventually transition back to public schools or move onto higher grade levels. This teaches the curriculum content outlined for the student’s grade and in addition, the child will learn skills at two grade levels above if they are grade 4+. This program is currently integrated into the Elementary pathway program. These students work within a small group with a typical ratio of 4 students with 1 Instructor.
So often, educational options for older students who are non-academic are extremely limited – or non-existent. Like the WLEP program, the Woodview Alternative Skills Program (WASP) is new to the Woodview Learning Centre for the 2018/2019 school year. The WASP program has been created to accommodate youth who are 4-17 years old. This program mirrors the essential life skills programs often found in Ontario Secondary Schools. However, due to the abilities we have at the Woodview Learning Centre we are able to expand far beyond the limitations of other situations and learning environments. With the focus on the skills necessary for moderate independence, a contribution to society, core skills, executive functioning, and also enjoyment of learning; this new program offers exciting new possibilities for students. The students work within a small group where the ratio is typically 4 students with 1 Instructor.