Goals, Beliefs and Values
The goal of an inclusive education system is to provide all students with the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities for them to best achieve their potential.
- All children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources.
- Programs will be offered to best meet the individual needs of each child and student within the school community.
- A student's program must address the intellectual, learning, communication, social, emotional and physical aspects of a child's development.
- Parents play a key role in the education of their child in that they are the most complete information source and have the greatest investment in their child's future.
- “All students will have equitable opportunity to be included in the typical learning environment.” (Alberta Education 2010) This means educating children/students with special supports and service needs in inclusive settings is the first placement option, providing the opportunity to participate in regular classrooms with same-aged peers in their neighbourhood school.
- All students shall be given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life, subject to limitations based on reasonableness in each circumstance.
- Whenever possible, the student should be a partner in his/her educational program.
- Student program needs are best met by a team approach. For children and students to receive the services they need, school personnel will work together with service providers in the community.
- There must be a balance between individual and group rights within the classroom setting. In every case, the best educational interest of students is the paramount consideration for decision-making and programming.
- Awareness and support by the school community is essential to successful inclusion. Diversity must be valued in order for inclusion to be successful.