Frequently Asked Questions
The Cridge Centre for the Family offers out-of-school care programs located in the same building as EBS. Cridge care workers drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon right at the classroom door. To register for out-of-school care with the Cridge, call 250.995.6407.
Our elementary school has up to 48 students and three classes. We cap our classes at 16 students.
Our middle school will have up to 24 learners (grade 6/7/8) in a multi-age learning space.
At EBS we practice Universal Design for Learning. UDL was inspired by the Universal Design movement in architecture, which focuses on designing buildings to be accessible to all from the outset, rather than retrofitting structures with modifications.
UDL allows for multiple means of engagement, representation, and expression. This means that students are presented information and content through multiple modes of learning, (e.g. kinesthetic, visual, auditory). Concepts are introduced in ways that help students to integrate new ideas into prior learning. Classroom routines support students to develop strategies for goal-setting, self-regulation, and self-assessment. Students are given opportunities to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways (e.g. projects and discussion, not just pen-and-paper tasks). Multiple levels of challenge are built into the program, so children with a variety of skill levels are able to be challenged at a level appropriate to their needs.
In a UDL classroom, the adults act as facilitators for learning by providing experiences that allow the students to discover many of the concepts in a hands-on way.
EBS is committed to inclusion for students with special needs. The practice of inclusion means that students with special needs spend most of their day in the regular classroom. There are five critical steps to successful inclusion of students with special needs:
- support the student in the classroom,
- adjust instructional strategies,
- make the environment accessible,
- provide ongoing opportunities for meaningful interactions with peers, and
- provide selected short-term and individualized support outside of the classroom.
In-class support: every class at EBS is supported by a team of educators (teachers, education assistants, and specialists) who work together to provide integrated support for all of the students in the classroom.
Adapted instructional strategies: we practice Universal Design for Learning, which means that multiple modes of engagement, representation, and expression are built into the program from the outset. This allows us to address a wide range of learning needs within one classroom. The staff also engages in regular professional development to enhance their teaching craft.
Accessible environment: each classroom is carefully organized to make the learning environment safe and accessible, both physically and emotionally, for all students. Accessibility means not just physical access to the facility, but also that all of the visual cues in the classroom allow every student to understand the expectations and routines.
Ongoing opportunities for meaningful interactions with peers: because the students with special needs are included in the regular classroom, their peers see them as friends rather than focusing on their differences. They work, play, and learn together through meaningful interactions throughout the day.
Short-term individualized support outside of the classroom: students in need of targeted instruction in areas such as language development, physical development, or self-regulation, receive services from specialists (OT, PT, SLP) who are contracted by the school. Out-of-class supports may also include opportunities for short sensory or movement breaks throughout the day.