The class program at TALC Academy follows the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, but the
program is modified to meet individual learning needs. Class sizes are small and range from8 to 13 in
the early primary grades and from 10 to 15 in the junior and intermediate divisions.
We develop a TALC Academy Program Plan (TAPP) for each one of our students. This program plan
summarizes a student’s learning strengths and needs. It indicates what specific educational approaches
and methods are best suited to help a particular student learn. We individually develop the program for
each child. Each program is individualized according to a child’s learning profile.
The TALC Academy Program Plan (TAPP) also includes an accommodation checklist that outlines
specific accommodations that must be put into place for each individual student. Accommodations
could include such things as the use of a calculator in math, scribing assistance for tests, the use of a
computer for written assignments, the use of colour coding as part of the reading program, instructions
to be written on board as well as delivered orally and more. Our goal is to put into place the specific
and individual accommodations that will allow each child to be successful. Some examples of program
accommodations may include:
* teachers will provide copies of lecture/lesson notes to all students
* use of the computer or Alpha Smart or laptop computer for tests and all assignments
* use of calculator for math
* oral testing
* un-timed tests
The class program is adapted to meet the needs of the individual students. Our teachers teach children –
not just cover bodies of curriculum. Our curriculum units cover the scope and sequence of learning
skills as outlined in the Ontario Curriculum. However we chose to focus on specific curriculum units
and teach our students how to learn using these topics. Each year we select the curriculum units to be
covered for each class. Teachers routinely use a variety of assignment types including essays, projects,
tests, exams, oral presentations, public performances, drama and group work. They place an emphasis
on process marks as well as final products. All of the teachers extensively use visual aids and concrete
materials to enhance learning.
In the primary grades the class program works intensively on developing reading and decoding skills
using a variety of specialized instructional programs. For students with processing and memory delays
a traditional phonics program is not the best approach. These types of students have difficulty
remembering different sound units and blending these units together. For these students, an approach
that can use their visual strengths is preferred. Colour coded word families is an approach that has been
very successful with students who have memory and auditory processing difficulties. Students are also
taught to recognize high frequency words by sight. In addition phonics is an important part of the early
reading program. Students are taught the rules of phonics using familiar nursery rhymes and songs: an
approach which greatly enhances their recall of these concepts.
Our teachers help the students learn to be successful on unit tests. Keeping a well organized notebook
is an essential school skill. Our teachers work with the students and teach them organizational
strategies. However, they also provide students with a copy of teacher notes to ensure that students
have a complete and accurate set of notes to study from. When it is test time, the staff instructs students
how to make study notes on cue cards, how to plan their study time and how to answer various types of
test questions. For students who have reading delays – tests questions can be read to them. For some
students with significant writing needs – oral tests are used to evaluate their knowledge and
understanding of specific topics.
In the Junior and Intermediate grades, the creative writing program uses lots of graphic organizers and
semantic maps in order to help students fully develop their thoughts. Direct instruction in grammar and
grammatical structures is an important part of the classroom program.
Students are taught different reading comprehension strategies that they can use when reading both
fiction and non-fiction materials. Classroom reading programs are individualized according to specific
student needs. For many students weekly spelling tests are incorporated into their language arts
Teachers engage in regular and ongoing communication with parents. Each week a newsletter is sent
home. The newsletter is either written or an audio message and contains details about the classroom
program as well as specific things that parents can do to support their child’s learning.
Although our school day ends at 3:00 pm we offer a supervised after school homework program from
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Students can stay and get additional assistance from their classroom teacher.
There is no charge for this program. As well, we offer an after care program from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
As Directors of the school we understand your frustrations and fears. Our own child struggled in
school. We know how frustrating this can be and the impact upon your family and your child. We can
help students learn how to be successful. If your child is willing to work hard, then we would
recommend that you contact us in order to find out how TALC Academy can help your child and your