General Learning Program

The General Learning Program (GLP) is a system-based program for students who have a mild intellectual disability. This program is available at 3 OCDSB sites, OTSS, Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School and Woodroffe High School. An application package is completed by the parents along with the referring school and sent to the OCDSB requesting a placement in GLP. A central committee at the Board reviews the package and determines the appropriate placement for the student.

The focus on the General Learning Program at OTSS is to develop functional academic skills, life skills, and employability skills to maximize each student’s level of independence. Each student’s needs are addressed specifically on their Individual Education Plan.

In each class there is a maximum of 16 students, taught by a Special Education Teacher and an Educational Assistant. At OTSS there are 5 classes; Junior (14-16), Intermediate (17-18) and Senior (19-21). Courses of study include Literacy, Numeracy, Social Skills, Living Skills, Science, Physical Education, and the World of Work. At OTSS the focus is placed on preparing each student for work. The preparation begins in 9th grade with the ‘Take Our Kid to Work’ initiative, followed by Work Experience in the intermediate years and Co-op placements in the senior years.

Assessment is reported four times per year using Alternative Reports; November, January, April and June. The students in the General Learning Program are fully integrated within the OTSS community and participate in all school-based activities.

For further information, visit OCDSB General Learning Program.

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