Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch


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Principal’s Message

Sagonaska School serves students with severe learning disabilities in a residential setting in Belleville, Ontario.

Sagonaska School provides an intensive one-year program for students at both the elementary and secondary levels. The program emphasizes reading and writing development, assistive technology training, learning strategies instruction and the development of social skills, self-advocacy and self-esteem. Our goal is to increase students’ capacity for success when they return to a regular school settings.

Application to Sagonaska School contains three stages. District School Board may submit and application following the recommendation of an Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) meeting. Admission decisions are made by the Provincial Committee on Learning Disabilities (PCLD), which meets once per year. Student admission criteria includes a diagnosis of a learning disability by a registered Psychologist and identification by an IPRC meeting as Communication: Learning Disabled. The program is not designed for students who present with severe emotional or behavioural issues.

For additional information, please refer to the contents of this website. You may also consult the Provincial Demonstration Schools Program and Services book available from your district school board special education staff, or Sagonaska School.

Tina MacCauley-Gray
Principal, Sagonaska Demonstration School