Diverse Learning

Educational Support I

This is a District Program for High School students who are typically coming out of the Junior High Educational Support – I Program. The course content is adapted to meet the needs of each student. It is a three-year program that combines practical academic instruction in the ES-1 Classroom along with selected option classes. Students may also participate in Work Site placements during Grade 11 and 12. The aim of the program is to prepare the student for independent living. Students graduate from this program with a certificate of completion but do not receive a High School diploma. District instructional services personnel are instrumental in the placement of students in this program.

Educational Support II

Educational Support II is a special education program for high school aged students who have a developmental disability. It is a three-year program that combines practical academic instruction, life and social skills and the possibility of work experience in the community. Students learn appropriate life and social skills to help them be successful in the community as well as employability skills that are needed to be productive workers.

The aim of the program is to prepare the student for the possibility of independent living. The focus is on functional academic skills, social skills and living skills. Students graduate from this program with a certificate of completion but do not receive a high school diploma. District Instructional Services personnel are instrumental in the placement of students in this program.

Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35

The Learning Strategies course is designed to assist high school students in developing ongoing study skills that supports learning across all subject areas. Learning Strategies course is organized through five major topics: Understanding Self as a Learner, Organization and Time Management, Understanding the Learning Process, Responding to Assessment and Evaluation, and Self-Advocacy. 

Mainstream Support Program

This program supports students who have Alberta Education Coded conditions and non-coded students who are enrolled in regular education courses. Support is available for academic, emotional or behavioral issues. Many students are referred by the Teacher Advisors and school counsellors.

Diverse Learning Teachers (DLT Coordinating Teacher)

Annette Holash is the CT of Diverse Learning and oversees the special education programs at Bishop O’Byrne High School, coordinating the development of the Individual Program Plans throughout the school. Annette also offers support to regular teachers in the form of strategies and professional development in the area of teaching students with learning differences. The CT works closely with teacher advisors, students, counsellors, administrators and parents. 

Learn Centre

Located in the Learning Commons, the Learn Centre period allows students to work in a focused, supervised environment.  Educational assistants are available to help students complete assignments or prepare for exams.   

Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre (located in the lower east wing) provides a space for assessment for students who need to make up assignments due to excused absences and/or students who need additional time to complete an assessment.  Extended hours are offered, schedule is posted on the Assessment Centre door.

K & E (Knowledge and Employability) Courses

The K&E courses are specifically designed to involve students with hands-on learning experiences and assist them in their successful transition to the workplace. These courses are particularly effective in connecting in-school learning with home, community and workplace experiences. In addition, these courses provide opportunities for students to becomes better prepared for employment, further studies, and life-long learning.