The Special Education @ Home Program at CHEK ABC provides students with the opportunity to learn, pursue excellence, and grow in character in the home education context. Students work at their own pace, according to their own ability, and can work towards their goals in either the School Completion Certificate program or the Dogwood Diploma.

We know that working with students with Special Needs can be rewarding but also present a number of challenges for parents and families. At CHEK ABC we have a Special Education Team ready to serve the needs of your children.

Individual Education Plans (IEP)

Each special needs student is provided with a highly individualized education plan. This plan is developed in close cooperation with the parents, teachers, and Special Education team. The IEP outlines your child’s learning needs, the services needed to support your child, and how your child’s progress will be measured.

Additional Ministry of Education Funding

The BC Ministry of Education provides extra funding for students with special needs. The Special Needs categories include: dependent handicap, deaf or blind, visual impairment or hearing impairment, moderate to profound intellectual disability, physical disability or chronic health condition, Autism Spectrum Disorder, intensive behaviour interventions or a serious mental illness. *Please note that all of these disabilities must be diagnosed by professional specialists and be fully documented.

Specialized Equipment and Services

The Ministry funding allows students to have access to specialized equipment and technological devices that will assist the student in the learning process. In addition, students will also have access to support services such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Therapy and counseling services as needed. CHEK ABC also provides Educational Assistants to work with families and students in the home learning environment.

USES Program

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

If you would like further information on our Special Education @ Home Program please feel free to contact Jan Van Caeseele, Special Education @ Home Program Director (sped@chekabc.ca).