Special Education

Welcome to the the Special Education web page. Find month to month tips and information pertaining to our special education and learning services students at Heritage Christian Online School.

Information for 2019-2020 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
  • Sign up for regional GA newsletters for most up to date information regarding grad activities in your region
  • Enroll in courses for 1st semester

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 that 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? Make sure 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.
  • Grade 12 students should begin applying for Scholarships and Bursaries offered outside of the school.

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, 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 November.
  • Grade 12 students: 1) Begin applying to post-secondary programs. 2) Continue applying for scholarships and bursaries 3) review materials and resources from the Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities--Transition to Post-Secondary.
  • Attend the HCOS Scholarships and Bursaries Zoom information evening.
  • Sign up for BCeID

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 10 Nov 4-12, 2019 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • Literacy Assessment 10 Nov 4-12, 2019 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • Provincial Exam for English 12: Nov 6, 2019 9am-11am *for students who started the class prior to June 30, 2019
  • Provincial Exam for Communications 12: Nov 7, 2019 9am-11am *for students who started the class prior to June 30, 2019

December 2019

  • Ensure your course teacher, SE teacher and GA know if you are planning to write your provincial: English 12 or Communications 12, 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 that you are applying to.
  • Numeracy Assessment 10 Jan 20-24, 2020 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • Literacy Assessment 10 Jan 20-24, 2020 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • Provincial Exam for English 12: Jan 22, 2020 9am-11am *for students who started the class prior to June 30, 2019
  • Provincial Exam for Communications 12: Jan 23, 2020 9am-11am *for students who started the class prior to June 30, 2019
  • Enroll in courses for 2nd semester
  • Check in with your Grad Advisor--is my child on track?

February 2020

  • Fill out the graduation attendance form.

April 2020

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 April 14-20, 2020 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • Literacy Assessment 10 April 14-20, 2020 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)
  • No provincial exams (English 12 and Communications 12) are available in this session

May 2020

  • 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 the provincial: English 12 or Communications 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.
  • Check in with your Grad Advisor--is my child on track?

June 2020

July/August 2020

  • 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.