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Special Education Programs

Balwin School has numerous programming options to support students with unique learning profiles.



The Interactions Program is designed to meet the special education needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have difficulty with social relationships, behaviour and communication. Programming based on individual needs and abilities helps each student gain academic and life skills, and to develop and apply communication skills and socially appropriate behaviour.

School staff have training and/or experience in special education, communication programming and behaviour management. Students benefit from smaller-sized classes, regular routines, consistent interventions and constant supervision and instruction.

Contact the Assistant Principal to discuss your child's abilities, achievement, interests, behaviour and needs. Balwin School will provide information on the Interactions Program eligibility and programming options.

Balwin School hosts Interactions Programs in elementary and junior high.

Interactions Program




Division 1, 2, and 3 Opportunity

Our Opportunity Program gives support to students who demonstrate mild cognitive disabilities and significant academic delays. Programming emphasizes development of literacy and numeracy skills, and the application of important academic, social, work and life skills in the classroom, school and community. The program fosters student independence, resilience and problem solving techniques for academic success.

Opportunity Program


Literacy Program

Balwin School hosts a Literacy Program for student in grades 7-9 with the goal of building broader literacy skills with students.

Literacy is more than just knowing how to read and write—it’s about making sense of the information you see. For students requiring academic support, Literacy programming helps them develop the skills and abilities to achieve in all subject areas.

Our program focuses on:

  • Focus on literacy and math instruction
  • Visual aids, specific examples and hands-on activities
  • Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
  • Opportunities to join other classes for instruction in a student’s area of strength 




Pre-Kindergarten builds children's strengths and skills in a playful, language-rich environment. To attend Pre-Kindergarten, children need to meet criteria to be eligible.


  • Build social skills and confidence in a playful and welcoming environment
  • Develop speech, language and motor skills through exploration and guided activities
  • Learn to share, problem solve and express themselves
  • Discover new experiences, friends and a love of learning


  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Opportunities to share and celebrate a variety of cultural backgrounds with classmates
  • Family activities to help support their child’s learning before Kindergarten


  • Half-day classes, four days per week
  • 8 to 16 children per class
  • Playful and engaging learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on children’s needs and interests
  • Families and children have direct access to multidisciplinary support, such as speech and language, physical therapy, occupational therapy and school family liaison services


Pre-Kindergarten is for children aged three and four. To be eligible, children need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English Language Learners (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • First Nations, Metis, Inuit (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Mild/Moderate developmental delays (must be 4 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)
  • Severe developmental delays (must be 3 years old by December 31 of the year they are attending)

Pre-Kindergarten may be available to children for one, two or three years of programming, depending on children’s needs.



Full Day Kindergarten

Full-day Kindergarten programming supports children living in socially vulnerable neighbourhoods who would benefit from extra time in class to build important skills in an inclusive, play-based environment. 


  • Develop early language, literacy, numeracy and motor skills
  • Learn to share, co-operate, be responsible, problem-solve, self-express and make decisions
  • Participate in group and individual classroom activities
  • Develop positive attitudes toward learning
  • Develop a sense of confidence and self-esteem


  • Improved ability to socialize and play with others
  • Increased independence
  • Development of healthy habits and social skills


  • Full-day program at some schools
  • Organized activities within a play-based learning environment
  • Flexible instruction based on childrens’ needs and interests
  • Supports like speech and language services, physical therapy, occupational therapy and school family liaison services