FRENCH IMMERSION (Early and Late Immersion)
St. John Paul II Collegiate offers two French Immersion programs - Early and Late. This is our first year offering Early French Immersion to our grade 7 students. This is for students who have taken French Immersion for all of their elementary years. Our Late French Immersion Program begins in grade 7 for student who have not taken immersion classes in elementary. Both programs offer a language rich environment in a second language. Core courses are taught in French while option classes and an additional English Language Arts course are taught in English.
LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICES
Our school and school division are committed to providing a top-quality education that challenges every student and builds the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for success in their future. Every child learns in a different way and at a different rate. With this in mind, St. John Paul II Collegiate provides an extensive program to provide students with the supports necessary to achieve success.
Through Individualized Program Plans (IPP’s), Learning Strategies classes in Math and Language Arts, Enhanced Reading, Precision Reading, small group and one-on-one assistance within or outside the classroom, and our Communications program (description below), the special needs of all of our students are addressed. A team of teachers and educational assistants work tirelessly to ensure that every one of our students gets the support that they need. If you have any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact our Learning Support Coordinator.
FAMILY SCHOOL LIAISON PROGRAM (FSLW)
The mission of the Family School Liaison Program (FSLP) involves partnering with parents and school personnel to enhance a child’s social, behavioural and academic functioning throughout the academic year. This is a free, confidential and site-based service for students and their families who may be struggling with difficulties at home or school. This includes such needs as: peer relating skills, conflict resolution, assertiveness, self-esteem, grief and loss, separation/divorce, anxiety and depression, alcohol/drug misuse/abuse, parenting strategies, family violence, parent/teen conflict, anger management and harm to self / harm to others and any other mental health issues.
These needs are addressed with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention utilizing classroom presentations, consultations, community resource referrals and supportive counselling for students and their families. A signed consent from the child’s parent or guardian (shared custody—two parent signatures) is needed. Discipline issues are addressed by teachers and/or administration with FSLP services available for support.
SCHOOL CONNECTION PROGRAM
Our School Connections worker is a part of the CRCS staff and the purpose of this program is to provide students with support when a suspension has been granted. The intent is to keep the suspended student in school under the supervision of the School Connection worker who will provide social/emotional intervention, academic coordination, and restitution. The School Connection worker will work closely with administration, the Family School Liaison Worker, Learning Support team, the Guidance Counsellor, teachers and parents to provide the best possible solution to a situation whereby a student must be removed from the classroom for a period of time.
Part of our philosophy of education at St. John Paul II Collegiate is to provide students with considerable exposure to different ideas and areas of interest. Our option courses are designed to allow students to experience a wide variety of classes. Grade 7 and 8 option courses are offered on a quarterly system. This means that each student will rotate through a variety of different subject areas over the course of the school year. With the exception of Band and French, which run all year, each grade 7 and 8 course will last for one term (approximately 10 weeks). Grade 9 option classes are semestered (20 weeks) and will change at the end of January. Students in grade 9 have the opportunity to rank their choices and have some selection in which options they want to take. Option courses are designed to give students a taste of various different areas of interest to help identify areas they would like to pursue in high school and beyond.