Student Services


Student Services and Guidance Department


Scroll down to see the range of programs that we offer our students:


Academic Support


Special Educational Technicians


Literacy Program


Homework  Program


Guidance Counselling


Executive Function/Transition to High School Support



Overall description of the Department objectives


The role of Student Services is to work  with the school team to ensure that the potential of each learner is maximized and that our school fosters  a learning environment that is responsive to every students’ needs. The Student Sevices Services Department oversees the Academic Support Program (ASP), Literacy Remediation, Executive Function/Transition to High School Workshops, as well as the after-school  Homework Program. The Department is staffed by the Student Services Coordinators as well as a team of Special Education Technicians. The goals of the Department are to:


  • Support transition of students from elementary to high school

  • Identify students that might be struggling academically

  • Develop interventions to help support students both in and beyond classroom (ie: help to develop and maintain organizational skills and work habits)

  • Act as the liaison between student/teacher/school/home

  • Evaluate and adapt materials and resources to support students with learning and behavioral needs

  • Teach students to advocate for themselves


Contact:  Tracy Stroll


Student Services Coordinator



Academic Support Program (ASP)


The Academic Support Program is dedicated to meeting the needs of students from Secondary I - V who have a diagnosed learning disability. Participants in the program follow the same curriculum as all other Bialik students, thus permitting them the same opportunities as their peers.  The program features additional support periods in place of Hebrew, that reinforce concepts taught in the classroom.  In order to participate in the ASP Program, students must have a psycho-educational assessment. Based on the results, students may be entitled to receive accommodations - reader, computer, quiet room, and extra time  for class tests and during the  formal exam periods (December and June.)


  • Participants in the Academic Support Program follow an  adapted program while at Bialik.This program fully supports the students ability to graduate from high school with a high school leaving certificate.


An adapted program consists of: Remedial support –in small groups


Accommodations as outlined in the assessment (readers, quiet room, extra time) for in class and formal examinations


Differentiated material when needed


In class support (note taking, scaffold learning)


Tanach class – taught in English


Contact:  Tracy Stroll


Student Services Coordinator



Special Educational Technicians


Students have access to Special Education Technicians who can provide a variety of supports:


Develop, manage and reinforce organizational skills








Study Skills


Provide support inside and outside the classroom


Inside classroom


Support in class learning by guiding questions, note taking and one on one support during independent learning


Outside classroom


Cycle check ins


Reviewing of material (tutorials)


Implement note taking skills


Develop study skills


Teacher/parent support


Tracking Sheet (Academic or Behavioural ) as needed




Stacey Corber for Secondary I


Kelly Samsonovitch for Secondary  II  


Michelle Deutsch for Secondary III, IV & V   


Literacy Program


Bialik offers a Literacy Program as part of the Student Services Department. In collaboration with BJEC (Bronfman Jewish Education Center), all Secondary I and II students are assessed with a universal screening tool called Aimsweb. Students are assessed three times a year in a number of areas, including reading comprehension and reading fluency.


The goal of the program is to identify those students who require additional support or remediation. Once students have been identified, they will become participants in a reading program to help support their learning needs.


Sari Olishansky


Student Services Assistant Coordinator


Homework  Program


Our Homework & Learning Centre provides a supervised and structured environment that offers a quiet place to do their work.  We provide academic coaches (some of whom are university level Bialik graduates) to help students with planning and organizational skills. We also offer subject specialists (often Bachelor of Education students specializing in that subject area) to offer guidance in subjects such as Math, Science, English, French, History and Geography. The program runs 2-3 days a week after school hours.


Contact :


Sari Olishansky


Student Services Assistant Coordinator


Guidance Department


The Bialik Guidance Counselor offers counseling and support to both students and parents at all grade levels. Students’ needs are individually met and covers a wide range of issues such as but not limited to friendship concerns, anxiety, family issues, etc.  Personal counseling is offered to individual students or in a group setting.


The  Guidance Counselor also works very closely with the senior students   to help them determine  their path for CEGEP, while addressing their academic and emotional concerns over this transition.


The Guidance Counselor is also responsible for the development and expansion of programs that focus  on student needs such as risk taking behaviors, bullying, stress and peer pressure.




Erin Nemes



Susan Marks


Tel: (514) 481-2736 ext. 227



Executive Function / Transition to High School: Secondary I Program


Using a research based program, this course aims to build the necessary skills students require to become successful and independent high school students. Organization, study skills, note-taking, and time management are chief among these.


Sari Olishansky


Student Services Assistant Coordinator