T.A. Blakelock High School Community Pathway Program
Welcome to our Community Pathway Program! This is a program designed to meet the needs of our student's with special needs. Our students work towards the Certificate of Accomplishment, and at times the Ontario Secondary School Certificate (14 credits). Please know that we are a school that promotes and fosters a community that is diverse and inclusive of all students. We pride ourselves as Thomas A. Blakelock community where ALL pathways are valued; where college, workplace, university, apprenticeship and community are all "mainstream!"
The mutual vision and current focus at TAB emphasizes the health and wellness of our students; we strive to promote physical activity, well-being, positive relationships and literacy for all our students. Selected examples would be the swimming program, community walks, our YMCA program and comprehensive literacy program. In addition, our focus has been to endorse provisions for the following initiatives:
· Technology to augment communication, programming and independence skills. We have ipads, computers, laptops and NEW smartboards available in all our learning environments with a staff that have the training to support our student's in technology needs.
· Inclusion and equity in terms of having pupils access programming and social spaces throughout the school. For instance, students eating and socializing in the cafeteria, accessing the wood shop, manufacturing shop and the gymnasium on a consistent and regular basis just as their mainstream peers.
· We have worked to introduce the NEW Employability Skills Certificate and Community Skills Certficate, a newly advanced cooperative education program to reinforce equity and inclusion within our community, independence and transitions for our CPP students. Our partnerships have be cultivated and grown to embrace various settings such as peer leadership in younger life skills classrooms, an ECE assistant role with kindergarten classrooms, retail experiences at a variety of retailers within the surrounding community, Community Services such as the Salvation Army, Restaurant Services, Hair style services along with Community Living Oakville, Halton Support Services and STEPP programs. The creation of a comprehensive in-school cooperative education program includes kitchen experiences, delivery of supplies and documents, environmental program, clothing care and display, gardening and photography in addition to two significant programming developments (again focusing on equity, inclusion and initiatives directed at serving the whole school community):
o Our new school store: The Tabby Shack
o Our new service/business: The making of movie theatre popcorn for all students throughout the day
Our program participating in the Leadership class!
Our Drama program!
Our Physical Education program!
Our Safety Village excursion!
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