Special Education Department
St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School provides a variety of supports for students with special needs. The mandate of the Special Education Department is to offer specialized programs to meet students' needs through flexible, changeable, multi-faceted instruction in a variety of settings. The Special Education Department believes that every student is an individual with unique strengths and needs. In most cases, the specific needs of identified students can be met appropriately in the regular classroom by the teacher working either independently or in conjunction with resource support staff. In some specific instances, students participate in the life skills program as well.
St. Stephen is home to over 280 students with Individual Education Plans. We also have a growing number of students for whom English is not their first language. These two groups of students have access to the Resource Department for a variety of important services. Students may access this classroom as a quiet space to complete class work, an area to write tests or to access our bank of computers which are all equipped with assistive software such as WordQ, Kurzweil and Inspiration.
The resource room is located off the entrance circle in room 119. Resource support staff are available before and after school to offer assistance to students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with any aspect of their course work, homework, test studying tips, assignment completion, etc. Hours are as follows: 7:45 – 8:20 – before school; 2:20 – 3:30 – after school.
Life skills students work out of room 121. Courses for these students include the following "K" level courses, for which no credit is issued: Life Skills, Literacy Development and Communication, Numeracy and Personal Life Skills. Our kitchen is used for Life Skills classes and serves as an informal lunchroom for students who prefer a smaller setting to the school cafeteria.
Please contact the department chair if you have any questions regarding the services offered by the Special Education Department at St. Stephen.
The Resource Room (rm #1034) is open each school day from 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM