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Special Education

Students do not have to be identified as exceptional to receive special education support. Classroom teachers, special education teachers and school administration work with parents as a team to provide special education resources and support to students who may need it. Student strengths and needs are outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

As teens transition​ to high school, their elem​entary school will share information with the new school to ensure supports are in place.

Support in high school

There are various levels of special education support in high school. Students may receive support from their classroom teacher or an educational assistant in the classroom. Depending on the needs outlined in the IEP, students will receive accommodations as part of their courses. High schools also offer a range of locally developed courses designed to meet the learning needs of students. Depending on their needs, students may be part of a specialized program or class.

Like in elementary school, parents are involved in the planning for their teen's learning and support in high school. SEA equipment provided to students in elementary school will be transferred to their high school.

Special education placements in high school

  • Students who are identified as gifted have the option of continuing in the Gifted Program in high school.
  • A student might spend a portion of their day in a Learning Centre, which is a specialized class for small groups of students. In the Learning Centre, students receive intensive literacy and numeracy support from a special education teacher.
  • In some cases, students will be part of the Life Skills class, which provides intensive programming and support in basic literacy and numeracy, technology integration, communication, self help, social skills and vocational training.
  • Some students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be part of the Secondary ASD program, which is offered at certain locations in the county. This program is designed for students with significant needs in the areas of communication, self-regulation, social skills, self-help, community awareness and academics.

Students may work towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC), or a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Educational Assistants at Nantyr Shores

  • Bruce Askey
  • Stephanie Duval
  • Shelley Lapierre
  • Vicky Murphy
  • Karyn Passifiume
  • Siegrun Russell
  • Russ Weatherhead

Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) at Nantyr Shores

NameTitleExtension/Voicemail & Email
Jennifer BrownleeDepartment Leader

ext. 40297

Heather BirchLife Skills teacher and SERT

voicemail 56121

Jane BoakeCOPE teacher

ext. 40361

Chris DeContoMath teacher and SERT

voicemail 56139

Meagan DolbearScience teacher and SERT

voicemail 57748

Jack EckerLife Skills teacher


Blair KlinckLearning Centre teacher and SERT

voicemail 56159

Amber LewisFrench teacher and SERT

voicemail 55642

Our Learning Centre

Nantyr's Learning Centre is designed for students requiring literacy and numeracy support. Vocational skills are also a focus in this environment. Learning Centre students participate in elective courses in the afternoon such as phys-ed, art, technology and drama.

Resource Room

Room 318 is open and available for student support during all classes. Students can request to come down for a quiet space or to get extra help from a SERT on their course work.

Life Skills

Students in Nantyr's Life Skills program regularly participate in a variety of functional life skills in order to maximize their participation in the community as young adults. Functional life skills include vocational training and literacy and numeracy skills.


COPE is an organization that offers canines a Canine's in the Classroom course. This course trains dogs that will become service dogs for people with physical disabilities. Students focus on essential literacy and workplace skills while training the dogs. In addition, this course hopes to help students gain self-condifence and learn the importance of helping others in the community.