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Special Programming

D. S. MacKenzie offers a wide range of core academic classes, options, and specialized programming. Please download the appropriate program brochure below for further information regarding these specialized programs.

Core Academic Classes

D. S. Mackenzie students consistently surpass the provincial average in the core academic classes of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies on the grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests. Thirty percent of all students usually earn honours or honours with distinction on the school’s reportcards. In other words, this means that 1/3rd of our students achieve 80% average or higher (A) each and every term.

Academic Challenge Program

Challenge programming is provided for elementary and junior high students who demonstrate high ability and excellent achievement. Students are grouped together for enriched, challenging and well-paced programming specifically designed to meet the special educational needs of high ability learners.

For D.S. MacKenzie School's Academic Challenge Registration Package, please see our REGISTRATION web page which is under the FOR PARENTS web page.

Please visit the  District Challenge Program website for more information.

Second Language and Option courses

In addition to choosing French or Japanese as a second language course, our students can choose to take a wide range of options to complement their timetable with courses from areas of personal interest or to develop new skills to help them in school or be successful contributing members of the community. Some of the options we offer our students include: Computers, Foods, Fashion, Constructions, Art, Drama, Band, Outdoor Education, Photo, and several others.

Special Education

Please visit the http://www.epsb.ca/programs/specialeducation/ website for more information.

Behaviour and Learning Assistance Program

The Behaviour and Learning Assistance programming assists students with chronic, extreme, pervasive anti-social behaviours. Programming supports students to achieve academically and to develop and apply acceptable behaviour and social skills in the classroom, school and community.

Please visit the District BLA Program brochure for more information.

Strategies Program 

Please visit the Strategies Program or visit the District Special Education website for more information.

The goal of the strategies program is to enable students with learning disabilities to acquire the strategies and coping skills necessary to achieve successfully in regular school programs.

Student Characteristics

Students have average or higher intellectual ability, but are experiencing significant difficulties in language arts and other subject areas, despite acceptable attendance and behaviour.

These students demonstrate wide discrepancies among their skills, and a range of learning disabilities, which may include attention deficit disorders.