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Learning Resource

Welcome to the Orchard Park Learning Resource Department! Our Learning Resource Room, is conveniently located in the Learning Commons, serving as a hub of support and resources for students seeking additional assistance or a quiet study space. We are committed to providing an inclusive and accommodating learning environment for all students.

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Recognizing the uniqueness of every student, we ensure that each of your teachers have access to your Individual Education Plan (IEP). This document allows them to gain a deeper understanding of your specific needs, enabling us to assist teachers in implementing necessary accommodations in the classroom.

IEP Consultations

To ensure your education is tailored to your requirements, IEPs undergo regular reviews and updates each semester. We encourage both students and parents to engage in this process by scheduling IEP consultations with us through our booking website. Your input plays a crucial role in shaping your educational experience.

IPRC Schedule

In the fall, we conduct Identification Placement and Review Committee Annual Review meetings for Grade 12 students, and in the spring, we hold these meetings for Grade 9-11 students. We strongly encourage both students and parents to attend these meetings as they offer valuable insights into your educational journey and provide an opportunity to collectively set goals for the future.

Student/Parent Communication

Effective communication is a cornerstone of our approach. We continuously monitor students’ progress and extend support when necessary. Additionally, parents are kept informed through a monthly newsletter available on our website. For department news, additional resources, and updates, please explore our website.

Special Classes

Orchard Park provides system support for students with special education needs in three areas – students who have been identified with autism, developmental disabilities, and students with a variety of needs who require more intensive support on a full-time basis than can be provided in a regular class setting. These classes, known as ASD, Comp, and DD, are staffed by Orchard Park teachers with special education qualifications.

Autism Self-Contained Class

Supporting students with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, and significant needs in both expressive and receptive communication skills. Programming is individualized, with a focus on augmentative and alternative communication strategies to promote independence and sensory regulation.

Comprehensive Self-Contained Class

Supporting students with similar learning profiles with a focus on increasing learning skills, the use of technology as compensatory tool and self-awareness as a learner. Opportunities for integration into regular class programs may be provided, based on interest and capacity. Students at the secondary level may be supported to receive credits from integration

Developmental Disability Self-Contained Class

Supports students with significant intellectual disabilities and alternative communication needs, with a focus on significantly modified curriculum expectations.

Contact Us

Our primary mission is to support your educational journey. We look forward to working with you! Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through the following channels:

Office Phone: 905-662-3838, ext. 3718
Department Website: http://oplearningresource.commons.hwdsb.on.ca
Questions/Concerns? Book an IEP consultation appointment


Updated on Thursday, February 08, 2024.
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