SPECIAL EDUCATION ENROLLMENT PROCESS
Please read through the information on this page before starting your SPED enrollment.
CHEK ABC is a Distributed Learning (DL) program dedicated to Christian education at home. Our program starts at home and is designed to assist families to achieve their educational goals. Our mission is to provide “Academic excellence through Christ-centered schooling at home”. Since CHEK ABC began offering DL education, it has emphasized Family Design in which parents choose their own curriculum and design the way education will be delivered to their children at home from the Kindergarten to grade nine level. Parents reach the outcomes in the way that seems best to them and the teacher is there to recognize and support the outcomes in the parent’s program.
CHEK ABC also provides Special Education services to students with learning and physical needs. We recognize that these students have unique needs and to help them excel academically we work with families to provide modifications and accommodations to their program.
Most of our special needs students meet requirements for extra funding for their schooling at home program from the BC Ministry of Education. These are students who have been diagnosed with a learning/physical special need, and who the BC Ministry of Education recognizes and supports with additional funding.
CHEK ABC supports these students by:
- Providing a Special Education Team that works with the family to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and implement the strategies within the plan.
- Accessing support services such as Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists, etc.
- Offering additional support staff such as a Special Education Teacher Assistant (SETA) – Delivering specialized programming
- Providing technology and software to support learning
CHEK ABC recognizes the uniqueness of every student and we believe that all students should have equitable access to education. Students with high incidence special needs designations (K, P, Q, and R), do not qualify for additional funding from the Ministry of Education. However, we recognize the value of additional educational supports for these students. The USES (Unfunded Special Education Students) Program, is designed to provide additional support for these students.
A CHEK ABC Teacher will work with the family to write an IEP for the student and make a plan for additional supports. Additional supports may include: EA time, SLP, OT, BI, counsellors, specialized curriculum, etc.
Individuals interested in the program must apply under the Special Education enrollment link. You will be asked to provide professional assessments by qualified professionals to verify the designation. Space is limited and application approval will be based on need and availability of funds.
Some of our students do not meet requirements for extra funding from the BC Ministry of Education but still qualify for additional educational supports. These students may have ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, speech problems, reading and writing difficulties, memory problems, delayed maturation or learn at a very slow rate.
CHEK ABC supports these students by:
- Providing educational support services through CHEK ABC dependent on funds available.
- Implementing an IEP or an Accommodation Support Plan
- Recommending adaptations and strategies as part of regular course programming
Special Education Program Enrollment Procedure
Admission to the Special Education Program at CHEK ABC will be determined on the basis of the following criteria:
- A family interview with Special Education Program Coordinator or Principal;
- Parental agreement with all parts of the CHEK ABC Statement of Faith;
- Commitment from the parents to carry out learning activities at home;
- Suitability of the student(s) for self directed, home based learning;
- BC residence and Canadian citizenship (or documented immigration);
- Completed application package;
- Submission of all previous academic and medical records (previous IEP’s, psycho-educational assessments, medical documents, speech, occupational and physiotherapy reports etc.) to apply for ministry funding;
- Final recommendation provided by the Special Education team
Step One: Complete the Application Package
Applications may be submitted at any time. A complete application includes:
- Enrollment Application Checklist
- New Student(s) Enrollment Form (completed online at www.chekabc.ca)
- Request and Authorization for Release and Exchange of Information
- History of Special Needs
- Family Covenant Form
Step Two: Family Interview And Notification
- The Special Education Program Coordinator or Principal will conduct family interviews. – The Special Education team reviews all of the student’s educational and medical records.
- The Special Education Coordinator reviews the family covenant.
- A confirmation letter will be emailed out to the family to notify the family of the decision.
Step Three: Educational Program Start-up
- A local teacher contacts the family and arranges a welcome/planning meeting.
- The local teacher explains the family covenant
- Any outstanding documents are collected and sent to the CHEK ABC office.
- The teacher discusses and assists in curriculum choice as needed
- A Student Learning Plan (SLP) and an IEP is developed by parent, teacher, and the SPED team.
- A Student Learning Plan Agreement (SLPA) and SPED Funding Form are signed and collected.
- Curriculum is ordered and student begins the program.