Special Education


Brentwood Elementary School houses two Elk Island Public School System Programs. These Programs have been developed for students with a wide variety of special education needs and taught by trained Special Education teachers. This year at Brentwood, there are four System Program classes: two at the ECS level (PALS), one at the Grade 1, 2 and 3 level (GOALS I) and one at the Grade 4, 5 and 6 level (GOALS II). 

The GOALS (Generating Occupational, Academic and Life Skills) Program offers smaller classes for more targeted instruction, designed to meet the needs of students identified with mild cognitive (intellectual) disabilities. The focus of this program is to improve academic and independent living skills within a positive and supportive learning environment. Flexible and responsive instruction is guided by an Instructional Support Plan (ISP), builds on individual strengths and needs, and follows the Alberta Education Programs of Study, with adaptations or modifications as necessary. High School GOALS students are working towards a High School Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of High School Achievement (Knowledge and Employability) rather than a High School Diploma.

PALS (Play and Learn at School) - is a district program designed to serve the needs of small groups of pre-school students with special needs.  This program enables students to progress at their own rate.

All special education students have an Instructional Support Plan or I.S.P. to guide their academic programming. The I.S.P is developed in partnership with all educational stakeholders. This team includes: parents, teacher and may also involve the principal, the school counselor, Supports For Students Consultants, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.

For more information about the availability of this programming, please contact Supports For Students-Inclusive Learning at Elk Island Public Schools.