Specialized School to Community
Our Specialized School to Community Program (formerly known as Special Needs) teaches life skills to students. Upon completion of our program, students earn a Certificate of Accomplishment.
“Our goal is to work together to meet individual student needs and to help students reach their full potential. We provide engaging opportunities for students to enhance independent life skills, to learn functional academic skills, and to acquire practical employability skills.”
The Specialized School to Community (SSTC) program at Eden High School meets the educational needs of approximately 40 students. The program offers a wide variety of classes including Literacy, Food Service, Horticulture, Science, Music, Drama, Wood Shop, Technology, and Physical Education based on the interests and needs of each student.
Paul Hurd (Program Leader)
|Anne Marie Chubb
|Joseph Caruso (Woodshop)
|Adrian Fulcher (Science)
Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: Will my son/daughter’s IEP be transferred to high school?
ANSWER: Yes there will be transition meetings held in the spring between the Special Education department and the previous school. All supports, documents and accommodations will be discussed and transferred to Eden. The IEP is a working document that moves from elementary to secondary school.
QUESTION: What do the classes look like?
ANSWER: Maximum of 10 students in a class(low-enrollment) and Educational Assistants available depending on student need.
QUESTION: What does the typical SSTC schedule look like?
-the student will transition to four classes throughout the day(non-covid)
-some students may have up to four different teachers throughout the day
-Variety of classes: culinary, fitness, literacy, numeracy, food to table, art, transit training, computers
-Designed to prepare students for daily living, employment, life skills
-non-credit bearing courses
QUESTION: Will there be opportunities for integration into other school based classes?
- There may be some opportunities in technology, Physical education and art classes
-SSTC scheduling allows for integrated teachers to come to SSTC to teach their subject course. Ex. Science teachers teach Science in the SSTC room.
QUESTION: Will transportation be provided and what is the length of the school day?
ANSWER: All SSTC students are eligible for transportation
QUESTION: What other supports are in place?
-OT/PT consultation would continue from elementary school
-CAST consultation would continue from elementary school if receiving support
-Speech and language would continue from elementary school if receiving support
For more information about our program at Eden, please contact:
Gary McGuchan: Special Education Program Leader, G. McGuchan, extension 61625 or
Carla Piovesana: Vice Principal, ext. 61502
For more information about the student placement process in the DSBN, please contact:
Sandra D'Amelio (Consultant - Special Education Secondary Schools) 905-227-5551 ext 52247