Student Services: Our Students Services Program offers the following services: Speech and Language, Learning Assistance, English as a Second Language, and support for students with a Gifted or Hearing designation. Students with a Ministry designation will have an individual education developed annually and parents are provided with a copy of the plan after being consulted. Teachers are encouraged to book a School Based Team meeting with our Student Services Team and the parent of a students that are expereinceing difficulty.
Speech and Language: A school based Speech and Language Pathologist visits Rochester once a week. The Pathologist works with children who have difficulties correctly pronouncing English speech sounds, difficulty expressing themselves or understanding what is said to them, fluency problems such as stuttering and also voice disorders such as vocal modules or a nasal voice quality. Therapy may be given on an individual, group, or class basis through consultation with classroom or support teachers.
Hearing Resource Teacher: A Hearing Resource Teacher visits our school weekly to support students with a Hearing Impariment. The Resource Teacher supports the student and teacher by providing resources and direct support.
Learning Assistance: Learning Assistance is provided to assist students, in both the French and English program, who need short term help in Language Arts or Math. The Learning Asssistance teacher may work with the student in the classroom or in the Resource Room. A student may begin in Learning Assistance after consultation with the student, the classroom teacher, the Learning Assistance teacher and parent. Our Skill Development Teacher and teacher of students with gifted traits receive regular support throughout the entire year and an Individual Education Plan is prepared.
English as a Second Language: English as a Second Language (ESL) is provided for students who require instruction in the acquistion of English. Support may be provided through direct instruction in the ESL Centre or classroom or through consultative services. Most students functioning at level four would receive consultaive support. The ESL teacher meets with the classroom teacher, when provding consultative services, and may provide support with assessment, strategies, materials and reporting.