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Learning for Living

Our Learning for Living classroom is a specialized classroom for students with exceptional needs. Students in this classroom are non-credit earning or partial credit earning. The focus in this classroom is on practical, life skills and purposeful learning experiences. At Holy Cross C.S.S., students in the Learning For Living Program focus on developing Life Skills, Social Skills and Independence along with purposeful Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Although the primary goal, in the Learning For Living program, is to develop these essential life skills, it is also important for students to integrate into classes of interest to them and to further develop social skills. These courses are limited based on suitability, class size, safety and availability. Students are integrated into 1 elective course each semester and spend the remaining 3 periods each day focusing on IEP goals and K-Courses (see note and chart below) in the Learning for Living program.

In order to provide each student with an enriching school experience, we attempt to integrate students into classes such as; Culinary Skills, Physical Education, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and some Technology courses. These courses are selected based on availability and suitability of the individual student.

Based on age and individual readiness, students may be involved in various work placements. These are most often ½ day programs which begin in the latter years of the student’s secondary school experience building on their independence, social and life skills.

Students in our Learning for Living program may also participate in Special Olympics teams, Amigos Peer Group and various other community excursions.

*K-Courses are non-credit courses delivered through the Special Education Department or a Subject Teacher. All Ontario Secondary School Course codes have five characters as mandated by the Ministry of Education's Common Course Codes. The following chart is an example of possible K-Courses offered at the Grade 9 level. Each grade has specifically coded K-Courses.

Sample Grade 9 K-Courses

Area of Focus Non-Credit Course Title Course Code
Art, Drama, Music Creative Arts for Enjoyment and Expression KALAN
Careers Exploring Our World KCWAN
Civics First Canadians and Politics KNAAN
Computer & Technology Computer Skills and Technology KTTAN
Math Economics Numeracy and Numbers KMMAN
Physical Education Personal Health and Fitness KPFAN
Religion Social Skills Development KHDAN
Work Experience Exploring the World of Work KGWAN