Special Education

Welcome to the the Special Education web page. Check back often for tips and information pertaining to our special education and learning services students at Heritage Christian Online School.

Information for 2019 LS/SE GRADUATES

If your child is graduating from our special education program with a High School Diploma: BC (Dogwood) High School Diploma/Adult Dogwood or School Completion Certificate (Evergreen), please ensure you have spoken to your support team: SE or LSRA teacher and grad advisor. The earlier; the better.

June-August 2019

  • Contact course teachers to plan accordingly
  • Meet with grad advisor to review courses, discuss post-graduation plans
  • Enroll in courses for the fall

September 2019

  • Ensure your program meets the graduation requirements. Use planning tracker from grades 10-12 and meet with your grad advisor to ensure you are on track for graduation.
  • Select your courses for the upcoming year.
  • SE students should develop IEP goals related to Life Skills and Transition Planning. One goal should be learning to self-advocate in related areas (medical, physical, academic etc)
  • Contact post-secondary advisors (at colleges or universities your child will be applying to) to discuss career planning, accommodations and disability access services.
  • Review admissions requirements for post-secondary programming to ensure your child has the high school prerequisites to get into their programming of choice.
  • Are you eligible for disability, ensure you apply for Person with Disabilities (PWD) at 17.5 years of age. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/disability-assistance
  • Are you eligible for Community Living BC (CLBC)? Contact your social worker to begin planning this transition. https://www.communitylivingbc.ca/
  • BC universities- Application for Admission opens, apply directly or go to: https://educationplannerbc.ca Note important dates (such as when the application and transcripts are due, housing application deadlines, or when scholarship applications are due) on a calendar and track them monthly.

October 2019

  • Meet with your team to ensure the IEP reflects goals and assessments that will assist you in post-secondary. A thorough IEP goes a long way
  • Ensure your course teacher, SE teacher and GA know if you are planning to write your provincial: English 12 or Communications 12 and Numeracy Assessment (must be completed a minimum of once from grades 10-12). Also ensure you have completed the online exam request forms and included accommodations as outlined by your IEP and professional assessments. Testing will take place in November.

November 2019

  • BC students applying to out-of-province universities should be familiar with admission requirements, important deadlines, how to apply and submit applications before Jan 2020.
  • Students applying to a BC college should have completed, or be completing their application.
  • Numeracy Assessment TBA
  • Provincial Exam for English 12: TBA

December 2019

  • Ensure your course teacher, SE teacher and GA know if you are planning to write your provincial: English 12, and Numeracy Assessment and Literacy Assessment. Also ensure you have completed the online exam request forms and included accommodations as outlined by your IEP and professional assessments. Testing will take place in January.

January 2020

  • Most post-secondary applications are due this month for Fall 2020 entry. Make sure to check dates with the post-secondary, college or trade school you are applying for.
  • Numeracy Assessment TBA
  • Provincial Exam for English 12 TBA
  • Literacy Assessment TBA

February 2020

  • Fill out the graduation attendance form.

March 2020

April 2019--Current 2018/19 school year

  • No Numeracy Assessment
  • Provincial Exam for English 12: Thursday, April 25th, 2019 from 9-11am
  • Provincial Exam for Communications 12: Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 9-11am
  • Chec April 26-27. Allison Miles will be presenting a parent workshop on SE/LS Grad on Friday April 26th from 10:30-11:30am. She will be in the LS/SE meeting room for 1-1 sessions with parents from April 26th from 9-10am and 3-5pm as well as April 27 from 9-10am. Please book ahead of time to ensure a spot (30 mins) as they are limited.

May 2019

  • Meet with your SE Teacher and team to ensure IEP is finalized with updates from recent assessments and accommodations for post-secondary.
  • Ensure your course teacher, SE teacher and GA know if you are planning to write your provincial: English 12 or Communications 12 and Numeracy Assessment (must be completed a minimum of once from grades 10-12). Also ensure you have completed the online exam request forms and included accommodations as outlined by your IEP and professional assessments. Testing will take place in June.

June 2019

July/August 2019

  • Review how to advocate for accommodations in the classroom and testing at the post-secondary level. Accessible learning centres (at post-secondary) are a good start. They often also offer a week to get used to walking around campus before school starts., Advocacy YouTube links are below.
  • OPEN DOOR GROUP: Living with a disability? Looking for work? Get access to funding.


How to advocate for your accommodations in post-secondary.

How to advocate for your testing accommodations in post-secondary.