Learning Centre Programs

posted May 14, 2015, 7:24 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 8:55 AM by Genevieve Richardson ]
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board recognizes that there is a need for flexibility in student programming. Student placement in a Learning Centre is a result of referral from various stakeholders in a student’s education (parents, teachers, psychologists, medical professionals, etc.) as part of the Program Planning Team. The referral goes to the system Placement Committee who reviews and approves placement.

Inclusive educational philosophy promotes student centered learning and therefore respects the need for a student’s program to be individualized. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board provides services at all levels of the learning process. Every effort is made to accommodate student needs within the regular classroom setting. Shaping a program to facilitate each student’s needs may include time outside of the regular classroom in an environment that permits more one to one assistance for the student. The amount of time spent in the Learning Centre is therefore dependent on each student’s individual program plan.

There are Learning Centres at the following schools:
  • Baddeck
  • Brookland Elementary
  • Breton Education Centre
  • Cabot Secondary School
  • Cusack Elementary
  • Dr. T.L. Sullivan 
  • Ferrisview Elementary
  • Glace Bay Elementary
  • Glace Bay High
  • Greenfield Elementary
  • Harbourside Elementary
  • Jubilee Elementary
  • Malcolm Munroe Middle School
  • Memorial High School
  • Mountainview Elementary
  • Oceanview Education Centre 
  • Riverside 
  • Riverview High
  • Sherwood Park Education Centre
  • St Anne's Elementary
  • Sydney Academy High
  • Sydney River Elementary
  • Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School

Learning Centres instruction focuses on individual student needs in one or more of the following areas: academic growth, social skills, life skills, self-organization skills, personal independence, communication skills, recreation/leisure skills, vocational skills, and self advocacy skills.

Some Learning Centres are designed to facilitate students with multiple needs requiring more concentrated assistance with their learning and their physical independence. The program in these Learning Centres may include outside agency support from APSEA, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc. School board based services may be provided to learning centres, for example, speech-language pathologists.  Specific programs such as STAR (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and TTAP ( TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile), etc may be utilized within learning centres.

Links - The following links outline supports and programs that may be beneficial to learning centre students transitions.