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Elementary Learning Support Program (ELSP)

Program Description

Elementary Learning Support Programs are one year programs that provide targeted instruction for students formally identified as having a learning disability. The ELSP program is designed to assist students with literacy and numeracy skills providing intensive evidence-based targeted instruction. The students participate in age-appropriate mainstream classes for physical education, art, music and academic subjects whenever possible and appropriate.  Following the one year term in an ELSP placement, students return to their home schools.

Student Profile

  • literacy skills are 2 years or more below grade level
  • evidence of Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions have been implemented consistently at the school level
  • learning challenges are NOT primarily resulting from factors such as:
  • sensory or motor impairments
  • intellectual impairment
  • lack of opportunity to learn
  • ELL or lack of instruction in English

Referral Process

All applications to the program must be submitted to the District Case Manager, High Incidence.

Documentation Required

  • completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement” form
  • completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Speech and Language assessment (if available)
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) 
  • School Based Team minutes. Please specify targeted interventions, length of time and the results of the individual or small group interventions
  • report card
  • current formative assessment in reading, writing and numeracy

Placement Evaluation

Student placement is reviewed every spring with the goal of returning students to their home schools. A transition plan between the ELSP program staff and the receiving school is developed.

Capacity and Staffing

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • 15 students
  • 1 Teacher and .5 SSA

Program Locations

Brock Elementary

Dickens Elementary

Kingsford Smith Elementary

Nootka Elementary Norquay Elementary

Queen Elizabeth Elementary 

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