The Provincial Demonstration Schools provide educational programs for approximately 120 students. Students come to the programs significantly underachieving in some or all of the academic areas. Poor reading, writing, spelling and mathematics skills are common; many students also have immature social skills. Nevertheless, all students have average to above average potential. In addition they display some, or all, of the following characteristics:
- Difficulty with receptive and expressive language
- Poor sequencing, discrimination, coordination, organizational and spatial skills
- Auditory and/or visual memory problems
- Focusing difficulties
Specialized programs are provided for students with severe learning disabilities, often in association with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The length of stay at a Provincial Demonstration School is one year in our highly specialized and resourced special programs. 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 and follow-up is provided for students when they return to their home school boards.