Located inside of Fisher Park Public School, Students are admitted to the Roberts/Smart-McHugh unit due to severe behavioural and/or emotional crisis. The school program is available to intermediate students, who are experiencing an inability to adaptively manage in their current academic setting. Change is achieved through teaching, coaching and counselling in a caring and supportive milieu, as well as through the development of individualized treatment programs. A plan of care is formulated for each student, considering the psychological, education, social and physical needs of the student. Transition support is provided.
There are two classrooms within the elementary school (Fisher Park) with 16 spaces for students ages 12—14 years.
Students in our program are working towards meeting the Course expectations outlined in the Ontario Curriculum. All students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) created by the classroom teacher in collaboration with the youth’s parent/guardian. In order to focus on Social Emotional Learning, all students in our program have Alternative pages in their IEP which focus on Learning Skills.
In addition to their regular academic programming, students are given opportunities throughout the year to work with a McHugh Itinerant Technology Teacher on a variety of projects to develop hands-on skill, and to create meaningful learning opportunities.
The average length of stay in our program is one school year. Referrals to our program are made by the student’s community school and program admission is decided upon by the Coordinated Referral Committee through Coordinated Access.
At the completion of their time with McHugh, students and staff are provided additional support from a McHugh Transitions Teacher, to ensure a safe and successful transition for those involved.