Academic Support Program

Academic Support Services

 
Academic Support Program
 The Academic Support Program(ASP) was created to meet the needs of all types of learners- most notably those with a psycho-educational assessment. 
 
The ASP program at JPPS is offered to students according to their cycle of instruction. Students will have specialized ASP classes in lieu of  the majority of their Judaic Studies classes. While students will remain in Judaic Studies class on Fridays so that they can participate in Kabbalat Shabbat, they will be exempt from the remaining 5 hours of Judaic Studies.
 
During that time, students will receive 4 hours a week of ASP instruction, where the focus will be on reinforcing the skills and learning strategies indicated in their psycho-educational assessments. In addition, ASP students will have one hour of ASP Judaic Studies where they will learn about holidays, traditions and Jewish values.  
 
There are many advantages to the ASP program. Students will have the opportunity to build their individual learning skills through small group instruction. The program will be broken down into three units: Reading skills, Writing Skills and Organizational/Study Skills. The table below illustrates some of the areas the program will focus on.
 

Reading Skills

Writing Skills

Organizational/Study Skills

Inferencing Skills

Structure of writing skills

Note-taking skills

Decoding Skills

Written expression

Time management skills

Guided Reading Skills

Sequencing

Solution steps to solve complex problems

Strengthening reading fluency skills

 

Using story maps and recipes to help with written expression

Building stronger vocabulary and grammar skills

   

 

 
 
 
The students in the ASP program are completing the same course content as their peers. Our aim is to provide them with tools to help maximize their learning and develop skills that they can carry forward as they continue on to Secondary School.
 
Additional Services 
 
Speech Language Pathologist
Occupational Therapist
 
All new students are screened by our speech language pathologist and occupational therapist. Our professionals communicate directly with parents and offer support to our teachers.
 
School Social Worker
 
A social worker from Agence Ometz works closely with the Director of Student Support Services providing support and resources to our families. 
 
The Student Support Facilitator
 
Supervises the lunch and recess program, and focuses on conflict resolution and interpersonal relationships. She works with staff to apply our Good Choices Policy as well as to reinforce our Culture of Caring as the foundation of our Anti-Bullying Policy. There is close collaboration with the administrators and staff to effectively promote the social and emotional learning of our student body.
 
 
RTI (Response to Intervention)
 
With the support of the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre, JPPS implements Response to Intervention in grades K through 6. RTI is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behaviour needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. The universal screenings examine the early literacy and early math skills development of our students which helps us in our differentiation within the classroom, making sure we provide opportunities for growth and enrichment for all our students. RTI also supports our commitment to ensuring that all of our students' progress is being monitored continuously at JPPS.