Classes & Departments

At Children's Village School, learning is personalized according to each student's strengths, interests and learning needs. Each classroom consists of up to eight students, one Teacher and two Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellors. Together, the classroom team provides the academic, social, and emotional regulation supports each child needs. Intensive in-school supports are provided by our team of Psychologists, in-home supports are provided by our Family School Liaison, and wraparound supports are provided through consultations with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech Language Pathologists.

Our day begins when the classroom team greets each child at their bus, connects with them about their day and then accompanies them to breakfast and SPARK (a short physical activity). The learning day consists of the same subject areas as any other Alberta School (Math, Science, ELA, etc.), with the level of complexity tailored to each child's learning profile. Students also participate in gym and either art or music with a specialist teacher. An essential portion of each school day is dedicated to helping students learn skills and strategies for recognizing and regulating their emotions, building healthy relationships, developing self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, and learning generalizable school skills.

Throughout the school year, students also participate in special activities like swimming lessons, hip hop, and rollerblading. Field trips such as outings to Telus Spark, Nose Hill, Bottomlands Park and the Zoo are part of programming for most classes. Students learn with an Elder, as well as taking part in other cultural learning experiences like drumming lessons throughout the school year.

The length of programming at Children’s Village is intended to be short-term, but is determined based on individual student needs. Some students stay with us from kindergarten through Grade 6, while others are ready to transition after just one year. Our goal is to help students stabilize their emotional responses, build lagging skills, and develop the confidence they need to move on to a less supported educational setting. 

When students leave the Village, they occasionally return to a community school. More often, they move on to a different supported learning environment that meets their learning (L&L, GATE, Dr. Oakley), developmental (PLP, SKILL, TASC, CSSI) or behavioural/regulation (Bridges, Mental Health) needs. Some students continue to require highly supported programming when they leave our school; these students may transition to William Taylor Learning Centre or William Roper Hull School.  The school team works closely with parents, guardians and caregivers to ensure that programming and transition decisions are made collaboratively in the best interest of the child. 

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