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Special Education
​​O’Neill Collegiate is committed to Special Education and to meeting the needs of identified students through special programs such as the Academic Resource Room, Gifted Classes and Learning Strategies Classes.

Accommodations are provided as required to maximize academic potential and to meet the individual learning needs of each identified student. O’Neill welcomes the partnership of parents and teachers in the special education plan for student success and encourages regular communication.

Parents of identified students who would like more information about the Durham District School Board Special Education policies are encouraged to contact the O’Neill Special Education Department or the Board’s Special Education Department at (905) 666-5500. 

Parents may download the DDSB Parents guide to Special Education and access SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) at http://ddsb.durham.edu.on.ca.​ On the website, click on Parent Resources and then go to Special Education. SEAC provides information, advice and assistance to parents/guardians whose children may require additional support.


O'Neill Special Education Department:

Head of Special Education: S. Hussain​ 

Educational Assistants:
D. Betz
B. Harrop
P. Kane

 

 Academic Resource

Identified students can take advantage of the academic support available to them through this room. This support can be initiated and accessed by students before, during and after school. Students use the room during class time as arranged by the classroom teacher in consultation with the Special Education Department.

 

Non-identified students who require extra assistance may also access help in Academic Resource. Students should speak to their classroom teachers and to AR staff to see what resources are available.

 

Identified Students are invited to come to the Resource Room to:
      •  •complete assignments, daily class work, and projects;
      • • take extra time for tests or exams;
      • • prepare for tests and exams;
      • • learn various study skills;
      • • obtain graphic organizers or time management assistance;
      • • learn about various learning strategies for all subjects;
      • • access an alternate working environment to improve focus;
      • • use computers for educational research and school assignments;
      • • learn organizational skills;
      • • use our educational software (training available to those new to the programs);
      • • problem solve with their Resource Teacher.

 

The following is a list of the software we have available for use:

• Kurzweil is a reading, writing and learning program for struggling readers.

• Word Q assists with spelling, word recognition, and word prediction.

• Premier Assistive Technology scans and reads text, provides editing support

 Smart Ideas is a mind mapping program.​

 

 Accommodations

The term accommodations is used to refer to the special teaching and assessment strategies, human supports, and/or individualized equipment required to enable a student to learn and demonstrate the learning. Accommodations do not alter the provincial expectations for the grade.​

 Gifted Programming

​​Students formally identified as ‘Gifted’ are eligible to take courses offered at the Gifted level. In order to obtain an official “Gifted Certificate” from the Durham District School Board upon graduation, students must successfully complete a minimum of eight (8) courses at the Gifted level. One of these courses must be taken at the senior level. Five (5) departments at O’Neill offer Gifted courses and the chart below indicates the range of subjects and grade levels. Detailed descriptions of these courses can be found in the listings for each department in the Course Calendar.

 

GIFTED COURSE OFFERINGS

SUBJECTS

ENGLISH

GEOGRAPHY

HISTORY

MATHEMATICS

SCIENCE

GRADE 9

ENG 1DG

CGC 1DG

 

MPM 1DG

SNC 1DG

GRADE 10

ENG 2DG

 

CHC 2DG

MPM 2DG

SNC 2DG

GRADE 11

ENG 3UG

 

 

MCR 3UG