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 2020-2021 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 2020

  • 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 2020

  • 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.)

  • Please make sure ONE course is activated by Sept 25th, 2020. Course activation can take place any time between May 1st to Sept 25th, 2020.

  • Contact post-secondary advisors (at colleges or universities that your child will be applying to) to discuss career planning, accommodations and accessibility 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 2020

  • 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.

  • Book your November Numeracy Assessment and Literacy Assessment with the assistance of your SE Teacher. Complete 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.

  • Review the HCOS Scholarships and Bursaries Zoom information.

  • Sign up for BCeID

November 2020

  • BC students applying to out-of-province universities should be familiar with admission requirements, important deadlines, how to apply and submit applications before Jan 2021.

  • Students applying to a BC college should have completed, or be completing their application.

  • Numeracy Assessment 10: Nov TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 10: Nov TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 12: Nov TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Address any interim reports. If your child is behind meet with the SE Teacher and course teacher to determine next best steps.

December 2020

  • Book your January Numeracy Assessment and Literacy Assessment with the assistance of your SE Teacher. Complete the online exam request forms and included accommodations as outlined by your IEP and professional assessments. Testing will take place in January.

January 2021

  • Most post-secondary applications are due this month for Fall 2021 entry. Make sure to check dates with the post-secondary, college or trade school that you are applying to.

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 Jan TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 10 Jan TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 12 Jan TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Review report cards and address any interim reports. If your child is behind meet with the SE Teacher and course teacher to determine next best steps.

  • Enroll in courses for 2nd semester

  • Check in with your Grad Advisor--is my child on track?

February 2021

  • Fill out the graduation attendance form.

April 2021

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 Apr TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 10 Apr TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

  • Literacy Assessment 12 Apr TBA 9am-3pm (2 hour exam between these time frames)

May 2021

  • Meet with your SE Teacher and team to ensure IEP is finalized with updates from recent assessments and accommodations for post-secondary.

  • Book your June Literacy Assessment 12 with the assistance of your SE Teacher. Complete 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 2021

July/August 2021

  • 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.