The Roberts Smart Centre 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 mental health concerns, learning disabilities, and/or poor attendance. 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 from Roberts Smart. 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.
The average length of stay in the program is one or two semesters. Referrals to the 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.