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Specialized Programming

Division Programs

Red Deer Public Schools celebrates diversity and equity in our classrooms by focusing on inclusive programming to support diverse learners alongside their peers. Parents are encouraged to register their child(ren) in their neighbourhood or community school.  

The School Learning Team will work with families to explore placement in a specialized division program if determined the needs of the child or youth and their family will be best supported in this environment. All placement decisions for the specialized programs must be approved at the division level in consultation with the Student Services Department. Students enrolled in specialized programs will have the opportunity to learn within an inclusive setting for a portion of the day. This will be individualized and flexible so as to meet the needs of the learner.

Teachers will develop an ISP (Individualized Support Plan) for any student requiring targeted or specialized supports. Families are encouraged to share information about their child or youth with school staff as well as take part in the goal setting or programming process as we work toward a goal of successful high school completion.


Students enrolled in division programs may be eligible for transportation to school. Application forms and fees may be required. For more information please visit the Transportation website:

Program Name
Program Description
Specialized Programming
Provides functional literacy, life skills, social communication and leisure skills instruction for students with mild/moderate and severe profiles. 

Oriole Park Elementary School
G H Dawe Community School
Westpark Middle School
Hunting Hills High School
Lindsay Thurber Composite High School

Journeys Learning Program
A partnership that offers daily treatment and education to youth with complex mental health needs.  Journeys Fact Sheet
Alternative School Centre
Parkland School
Serves students with severe to profound developmental disabilities and complex medical needs.
Private School
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