Children's Village School
Adopted by: Indigo Dalhousie
With its unique setting within the Calgary Board of Education, Children's Village School offers programming designed to meet the complex learning, social and emotional needs of students who have encountered significant barriers to engagement in learning in their community school. We currently have 80 students enrolled in Grade 1 to Grade 6; 65 who attend at our school site, four who attend at our satellite school, Buchanan, and 11 students currently enrolled in online learning. Since we continually register new students, and since our long-term goal for most students is reintegration within a community school classroom or other less supported programming, we have a student turnover rate of about 30% each year.
Students enrolled in our program present with challenges in the areas of self-regulation, socialization and learning. Their diagnostic profiles are varied, and most students have multiple diagnoses including mild to moderate cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders, mood disorders, ADHD and neurological atypical behaviour disorders. Many of our students have a history of disrupted school experiences, chronic traumatic stress or acute traumatic experiences. Typically, about 20% of our students are living in care under a temporary or permanent guardianship order. We also provide a safe and secure environment for the students to express themselves as well as meet basic needs like sleep and food where applicable.
At home, most of our students have inadequate access to books that are at their reading or interest level. While students are at school, their engagement with books in their classrooms and in the school's Learning Commons is high.
Currently, choice is limited as we are only allowed to provide book exchanges via a mobile library and are required to 'isolate' the books for 72 hours after they have been touched by students or staff. We feel that by giving our students better access to books that interest them and are at their reading level, we will be able to further expand our schoolwide literacy work, especially in reading.
We feel that by giving our students better access to books that interest them and are at their reading level, we will be able to further expand our schoolwide literacy work, especially in reading. The first step to progress in literacy is a love of reading!
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