Specialized Learning Programs

TEAM Program (Room 109)

Everyone deserves to feel good about being at school. TEAM, an acronym for what is best described as a place where “Talents, Esteem and Abilities Mature”; it is a multi-grade, multi-levelled classroom rooted in personalized learning in a safe and positive community setting. It was developed as a program of choice for families having students with diverse learning needs, so that the anxieties of being in a junior high school setting could be diminished - so that they could truly become the best they could be.

Students can be a part of the TEAM program for as long as, or for as little as they need during a school day.  Meetings are held with potential TEAM students in the spring, as a transition stop before entering junior high.  Families discuss with their current teacher and administration as well as with the TEAM teacher and administrator to see if participation in the program will be best for their son or daughter.  If so, an educational plan will then be designed. Traditionally, these students begin their day in TEAM with literacy and numeracy being the main emphases as lessons are taught in a thematic format. Students are able to work in small groups within the classroom setting, engaging with others who are at their same level. It gives them a great place in which to build competencies and develop friendships through the work done together!   

Time in TEAM also allows for infusing language arts and mathematical concepts into daily functional work experiences through the program’s canteen operation, stamp collecting, pop can tab collecting, Santa Store and recycling projects.  Ethical Citizenship is exemplified through participation in these valuable activities.

Students then move out into other classrooms for their physical education, health, religion and option classes. The format of the small classroom TEAM setting combined with larger class involvement has been described by parents as giving their children “the best of both worlds”.

Possible candidates for the TEAM program at St. Francis meet most or all of the following criteria: 

·         - grade 7, 8 or 9 student who is already on a modified educational program in current school (IPP required to support this)

·         - working at a pre-Kindergarten – grade 3 academic level in reading, writing and mathematical skills

·         - would benefit from time in the school day dedicated to improving life skills

·         - is socially accepting of this unique classroom setting


To see the TEAM program at work, check out these links:

ü  TEAM Program Overview - http://youtu.be/_1QKoGbl3b8

ü  Including and Engaging all Learners - http://bit.ly/1azmeMc

ü  Santa Store 2013 - http://youtu.be/khAxk1xnfuY

ü  Santa Store 2011 - http://youtu.be/Emczqtbq91A

ü  Pop Can Tab Collecting - http://youtu.be/zaElhI38vYU         

If you would like to drop by and visit TEAM, visitors are always welcome.  Please contact TEAM teacher Jill McNally at St Francis Jr. High School (403-327-3402) to arrange a time that works best for everyone.

While inquiries about the program can be taken at St. Francis, actual referrals begin through Student Services at St. Basil’s Catholic Education Centre (403-327-9555). Enrolment in this district program is assessed on a case-by-case basis with priority going to those students most in need.

C.A.R.E. Campus - Centre for Adolescent Responsibility in Education

The goal of the C.A.R.E. Campus Program is to provide opportunities for growth in positive behaviour choices, to allow for optimum learning in a small group setting, and to facilitate transitioning to an appropriate traditional or alternative educational placement.

This goal is achieved through the teaching and practice of character building skills, behavioural skills, and life and social skills, which are practiced throughout academic and community based activities.

The C.A.R.E. Campus Program will focus on meeting the needs of twelve to sixteen year old students who have been identified as being at risk, as well as youth with challenging behaviours and/or emotional needs.  The program is staffed by a teacher, educational assistants, and a Child and Youth Care Worker.  Extensive partnerships with community agencies will extend the supports available to students. 

The C.A.R.E. Campus Program consists of three components – behaviour, academic and family partnership services.  Behavioural training is presented to the students with specific skills in areas of pro-social skills, anger management, problem solving, friendship, character building and positive classroom skills.

Academics in the C.A.R.E. Campus Program follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies.  The student’s program is planned and implemented to meet each student’s needs.  Both academic and behavioural goals are established with the student.  These goals are modified and adapted as necessary.  Staff will facilitate open and on-going communication between school and home.

For more information, you can call St. Francis Junior High at 403-327-3402 or Student Services at St. Basil's Catholic Education Centre at 403-327-9555.

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