Christine Meikle School is a unique setting for junior high and high school age students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and/or complex learning, medical, emotional, sensory or behavioural needs. Our programming helps students develop communication, independence and vocational skills to the best of their ability.
In January 2017, our school moved to a new building that was specially designed to meet the needs of our unique student population. Movement and physical exercise are paramount for our students to assist them with self-regulation, physical control of their bodies and social interaction. This building is equipped with a warm salt-water therapy pool, an indoor track as well as a completely accessible playground area to support these important student endeavours. The building also included a large open Learning Commons, several sensory rooms and a completely accessible student kitchen. Students responded favourably to this move and are utilizing all areas of the building to enhance their learning.
Who Was Christine Meikle?
The school was named in honour of Mrs. Christine Meikle who founded the local and provincial chapters of the Association for the Mentally Retarded. She was also instrumental in helping to open the first public school for mentally challenged students in her home in 1953. The current facility was built in 1957. Mrs. Meikle was awarded the Order of Canada for her pioneering work in this field.