St. Thomas More Collegiate, as a Catholic school with Saint Thomas More and Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice as our role models, endeavors to form a welcoming Christian community recognizing and respecting the value of each individual leading all to grow toward their full potential in their faith, knowledge and love. STMC is committed to the education of the whole child and our vision is for every student to make a positive contribution to the earth and its people. It is our goal to accept, support and meet the diverse needs of our students.
We strive to create an inclusive and diverse special education program that is student-centered and focused on developing each individual holistically. Through collaboration and meaningful consultation we develop individual education plans based on each student’s strengths and their challenges and barriers to learning. We develop attainable goals and implement programs with adapted and modified curricular expectations that enables all students to succeed and achieve their full potential. The school team works collaboratively with families and professionals in order to provide the learning support that each student requires.
At STMC we aim to ensure equity in our learning opportunities and experiences for students. We teach and build the skills needed to support learning both in and out of the classroom. Through adaptations in the classroom and for assessments we support and allow our students with diverse learning needs to meet curricular expectations and ensure all students have access to the same opportunities.
In learning-support blocks we focus on building learning, studying, test taking and executive functioning skills with our students. Our goal is to provide a strong foundation for our students to become confident in their abilities and for them to build the self-advocacy skills they may need in the future to ensure that their needs are recognized and met.
STMC also provides students with opportunities to learn functional academic skills, social and communication skills, functional behaviour skills, self-determination and independent living skills. Through working with a board-certified behaviour analyst, STMC applies the principles of applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support to implement evidence-based practices in the classroom.
In our commitment to students who have diverse needs we recall the words of Pope Saint John Paul II at BC Place in 1984: “The value and dignity of the human person does not arise from the physical or mental qualities, from efficiency, productivity, or, speed in one’s actions. It comes rather from the fundamental fact that each individual is created by God and redeemed by the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ.”
If you have any questions or would like information on the learning support programs that STMC offers please contact:
LA Department Head