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.
- 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.
- Have identified complex learning disabilities that impacts literacy
- Have average to above average cognitive abilities, but achieve below
- Require a short-term intensive literacy program, learning strategy
instruction, inclusive technology support and self-advocacy strategies.
- A maximum of 155 students organized into eight multi-aged classes.
- A focus on balanced literacy instruction, learning strategies and
- 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
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.