The Children’s Aid Society operates a program at St. Paul’s High School for students who have demonstrated that they are not able to be successful in a regular classroom due to academic and behaviour problems, learning disabilities, and/or poor attendance. Priority is given to youth in care or with an open file with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. Transition support is provided.
The program has six spaces for youth 14 to 18 years of age. The classroom has one M.F. McHugh teacher, and one Child and Youth Worker employed through CAS. 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. Students each have learning plans that are catered to their strengths.
An M.F. McHugh Itinerant Tech Teacher regularly works with students in order to develop hands-on skill, and confidence. The program includes welding, woodworking, automotive repair, and design. Students are also engaged in physical education every day to promote wellness and positive mental health.
The average length of stay in our program is one or two semesters. 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.