Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities

Dr. Oakley School is a CBE resource for students, parents, community schools, professional support workers and the community at large. The school is part of the array of services that the CBE provides to students from Grade 3 to 9 with complex learning disabilities.

Our Goals

  • Students will develop literacy skills, learning strategies and self-advocacy skills that promote educational achievement.
  • To serve the direct learning needs of students, while collaborating with other CBE professionals.
  • Students will transition successfully back to their community schools.

Our Learners

  • Have identified complex learning disabilities that impacts literacy learning.
  • Have average to above average cognitive abilities, but achieve below potential.
  • Require a short-term intensive literacy program, learning strategy instruction, inclusive technology support and self-advocacy strategies.

Our Program

  • A maximum of 155 students organized into eight multi-aged classes.
  • A focus on balanced literacy instruction, learning strategies and self-advocacy skills.
  • Grade level instruction in content areas such as Science and Social Studies.
  • Low student:teacher ratio for small group and personalized instruction.
  • Parents play an active role.
  • All students have a designated laptop complete with a variety of inclusive technology software. 

Who Was Dr. Oakley?

The school was named after Dr. Geraldine Oakley who was appointed medical health officer for the Calgary School Board in 1917 and held that position until 1935. Under her supervision, regular health clinics were held in Calgary schools. She was a pioneer in the area of health and education in this city. Dr. Oakley was personally very interested in school children, and the supervision of their health was a worthy objective to which she dedicated her life. Her motto was "Do it well." At the time of her death in 1948, Dr. Oakley was the assistant medical health officer for the City of Calgary. Dr. Oakley School was named in her honour on Oct. 6, 1960.

Our School

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities

Dr. Oakley School is a CBE resource for students, parents, community schools, professional support workers and the community at large. The school is part of the array of services that the CBE provides to students from Grade 3 to 9 with complex learning disabilities.

Our Goals

  • Students will develop literacy skills, learning strategies and self-advocacy skills that promote educational achievement.
  • To serve the direct learning needs of students, while collaborating with other CBE professionals.
  • Students will transition successfully back to their community schools.

Our Learners

  • Have identified complex learning disabilities that impacts literacy learning.
  • Have average to above average cognitive abilities, but achieve below potential.
  • Require a short-term intensive literacy program, learning strategy instruction, inclusive technology support and self-advocacy strategies.

Our Program

  • A maximum of 155 students organized into eight multi-aged classes.
  • A focus on balanced literacy instruction, learning strategies and self-advocacy skills.
  • Grade level instruction in content areas such as Science and Social Studies.
  • Low student:teacher ratio for small group and personalized instruction.
  • Parents play an active role.
  • All students have a designated laptop complete with a variety of inclusive technology software. 

Who Was Dr. Oakley?

The school was named after Dr. Geraldine Oakley who was appointed medical health officer for the Calgary School Board in 1917 and held that position until 1935. Under her supervision, regular health clinics were held in Calgary schools. She was a pioneer in the area of health and education in this city. Dr. Oakley was personally very interested in school children, and the supervision of their health was a worthy objective to which she dedicated her life. Her motto was "Do it well." At the time of her death in 1948, Dr. Oakley was the assistant medical health officer for the City of Calgary. Dr. Oakley School was named in her honour on Oct. 6, 1960.

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School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

School Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.
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