Gordon Bell offers a variety of low-enrolment Winnipeg
School Division (WSD) based programs. Students must meet WSD criteria and Provincial
funding requirements in order for enrolment and must be residents of WSD.
Transportation is provided by WSD. All students have Individualized Education
Plans (IEPs) developed by a team of teachers, clinicians, therapists, social
agencies, parents/guardians, and students.
Community Access Program (CAP)
This program serves students who are between 12 and 16 years
old. Monthly community outings allow students to access real-life learning
experiences at places like the YMCA, Japanese Cultural Centre, and Fort Whyte
Alive. Students enrolled in CAP have academic, emotional and/or physical
challenges that require ongoing supervision and support.
CAP programming is centered around an integrated schedule
that accommodates a wide variety of student needs. Students can participate in
specialized classes like music, choir, art, dance, and drama. Experiences like
cooking, graphics and sewing are offered to students in the practical arts
rotation. Classroom activities involve student-initiated projects, theme-based
learning and the development of curriculum-based outcomes in core curriculum
areas. There is a strong emphasis on creative and innovative learning. Students
are invited to participate in volunteer work experience opportunities such as
WSD Bulk Mailing and the school-based recycling program. In addition, students
have the opportunity to develop leadership experience while working in the
cafeteria and school infant lab. School-wide mentoring programs combined with
IEP planning help each child realize their potential. Students are empowered
through the acquisition of skills that promote independent living and learning
This program serves students Special Education students from
16 to 21 years old who have moderate to severe challenges. The philosophy of
the Senior High CAP program is to provide an enabling learning environment with
the integration of Special Education students into regular programs where
possible. The aim is to help students develop skills and knowledge so they may
live meaningful, self-fulfilling lives with optimum independence.
In addition to IEPs, older students may have an Individual
Transition Plans (ITPs). ITPs are provided in a student’s twenty-first year as
they prepare to transition from school to Adult Day Programs or the general
The emphasis is on developing skills in academics
(functional areas such as money and time concepts), social and emotional
development, community orientation, independent living skills, and work
experience. Students may also receive programming from specialists in art, music,
physical education, graphics, foods, and clothing. Programming may through CAP
classes or integration into regular classes.
CAP/Adaptive Skills Program (ASP)
The CAP/ASP offers appropriate education opportunities to
students who are multiply-challenged. Students range in age from 12-21 years
and are physically and/or intellectually challenged requiring Individual
Educational Programming. School facilities are adapted to enable students to
maximize their learning experiences.
Areas of programming include cognitive and sensory
development, social and/or emotional development, various forms of
communication, personal care (grooming and toileting), food preparation,
housekeeping, physical skill development (fine and gross motor and/or
physiotherapy) as well as school-based and community experiences. As part of
the individual transition plan (ITP), students spend more time in
Special Education Centres (SEC)
Junior High, Grades 7-9
The Junior High SEC is intended for students ages 12-15 and
provides programming for students who require individualized programs in
mathematics and language arts. The academic part of the program is adapted or
modified based on individual needs and capabilities. Students work on different
levels of math, language arts, social studies, and science with assistance from
support staff. Some students are integrated in regular classes for academic and
social reasons. Students attend practical arts classes which include clothing,
food studies, family studies, and graphics. The physical education program is
regular/adapted for all students. For the life skills component of the program,
students attend filed trips based on community experience and healthy living.
For technology, students have access to computers in the classroom and a
computer lab to work on their journals and other projects. Parental support is
a key component to reinforcing the concepts taught at the school level.
Senior High, Grades 10-12
The Senior High SEC is intended for students ages 16-21 who
require individualized programs. Core subjects such as math, language arts,
social studies, and science are based on individual student needs and
capabilities. Students complete assignments from texts, handouts, and online
programs at their own pace with assistance form staff members.
Where possible, students are integrated in regular classes
as identified in their IEPs to meet academic and social outcomes. Students
attend practical arts classes including clothing, food studies, family studies,
and graphics. Physical education and dance programs also provide opportunities
for students to be active during and after school. Life skills’ training is
achieved through participation in work experience placements, resume writing, a
variety of community field trips.
Learning Assistance Centre (LAC)
Junior High, Grades 7-9
The LAC serves students in the age group 12-14 who have
diagnosed severe emotional behaviour disorders. This structured setting allows
students to improve their social functioning. Outcomes include developing
age-appropriate behaviours and coping skills, improving self-esteem and
building academic strengths. Behaviour modification programs are put into place
to assist student to develop responsibility for their actions. Students are
integrated into regular programming where possible.
Community outings form a large part of the program. They
include recreational activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, billiards,
visits to parks and museums, fishing, and archery.