Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Amethyst

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The Provincial Demonstration Schools provide educational programs for students with severe learning disabilities. Students are referred to our schools from their school boards.

Specialized programs are provided for students with severe learning disabilities with a specific focus on reading.

The length of stay at a Provincial Demonstration School is one year in the regular program with a possibility of a second year if there is space in the program. Since Provincial Demonstration Schools are designed to serve as a resource to school boards, rather than to function as a separate education system, every effort is made to help the student return as soon as possible to an appropriate program in his/her local community. Transition plans are prepared, transition meetings are scheduled, and follow-up is provided for students when they return to their home school boards.

The purpose of the Provincial Demonstration Schools is to provide a specialized residential school program for students with severe learning disabilities whose educational needs cannot be adequately met in their local boards. The Provincial Demonstration Schools provide highly individualized instruction, counseling, social skills and self-advocacy training to enable students to function effectively when they return to their home schools. Also, consulting services and teacher training in the field of learning disabilities are provided to school boards to assist them in developing local programs for students with learning disabilities.