Junior Positive Transitions Programs (Grades 1- 4)

Junior Positive Transitions Program (JTP) – St. Gabriel School


How do I know this program is right for my child?

The Junior Positive Transitions Program (JTP) recognizes individual learning needs and provides a safe, consistent and highly structured learning environment. It is a two year specialized placement that provides knowledgeable staff, low teacher student ratio, academic and therapeutic supports with social skills training. School personnel work collaboratively and share strategies for promoting positive behaviors outlined in a behavior plan.  Counseling is highly recommended and is an integral part in supporting the student’s needs.  Counseling sessions are set up for families to support the child’s emotional development. The JTP teacher works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to reintegrate the student into the regular classroom. Preferences for re-integration begin with the child’s interests and academic strengths. The number of curriculum content areas are increased as the child becomes more successful.  Parents and the school team work towards a transition to the child’s regular grade placement with and without educational assistant support.. Students are supported in the program for up to 2 years and closely monitored when they return to regular programming to ensure success.

Students in the JTP program are those who experience significant difficulty in a regular classroom due to their severe behavior and emotional needs. Appropriate documentation and testing is required before finalizing placement. Students must meet Alberta Education eligibility criteria for severe emotional and/or behavior disorders. Registration and referrals into the program are completed and approved by the Deputy Superintendent - Inclusive Education.

How does this program work?

Students participate in programming to gain skills that enhance their quality of life.  Development of communication and positive behavior is embedded in all lessons such as academics, anger management, self-regulation, problem solving, friendship skills, life skills, community outings and service work.  Students attend a weekly swim program and participate in a second community outing such as neighborhood walks, sliding or shopping. These outings provide an opportunity to practice social skills in a natural setting.

 How is my child’s progress monitored and communicated?

Parent communication is an integral part of the program.  Daily home-school communication procedures are set up with the teacher. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in all aspects of their child’s program.  Team Meetings are held 3-4 times per year to review jointly planned goals that are presented in a Program Report Card.  An Individual Support Plan (ISP) is developed to identify key strategies that are being used in school and possibly at home to further the child’s development.  Transportation is set up with the family based on the family and child’s needs.  Referrals to outside support services such as Inclusive Learning Outreach, Wood Buffalo Student Health Initiative Program (WBSHIP), or private services are made based on individual needs, and determined at team meetings.

 What is the benefit of this program?

The Junior Positive Transitions Program provides a family of supports for students and parents.  The teaching and support staffs are devoted to the welfare of each student who attends.  We understand that children come to us from diverse backgrounds, experiences and we hope to provide a program that is committed to providing a supportive emotional environment that heals and teaches coping strategies to help the child with the challenges of daily life. Our philosophy is Catholic---we value each person as God’s image and a welcome member of our community.  We respect each person’s unique needs, strengths and path of development.  The Spirit of Christ makes this a positive learning environment.