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Connections programming supports students displaying chronic, extreme and pervasive behaviours. Students require close and constant adult supervision and a high level of structure to function in an educational setting.


  • Develop and demonstrate positive behaviour and social skills
  • Achieve academic goals


  • Improved social skills
  • Improved problem-solving skills
  • Improved self-management and coping skills

Program delivery

  • Structured classroom environment
  • Predictable and clearly articulated routines, procedures, expectations and schedules
  • Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
  • Opportunities to join other classes for instruction in a student’s area of strength



Students must be in Grades 1 to 6 with severe emotional and behavioural challenges, and a clinical diagnosis. 

Alberta Curriculum

All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in Connections will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


Most schools offering special education needs programming have some yellow busing options available. For more information about busing, contact your child’s school or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585. 


Strategies Program

Strategies programming supports students with learning disabilities whose intelligence is measured as average to above average and who have significant academic delays. Learning disabilities are complex and can vary from person to person, requiring flexible instruction that meets each student’s unique needs.


  • Improve academic skills
  • Develop strategies to manage learning challenges with the goal of returning to regular programming as soon as possible


  • Improved reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills
  • Application of strategies for studying, remembering and organizing information
  • Increased responsibility for  learning—planning ahead, setting goals and monitoring progress

Program delivery

  • Visual aids, concrete examples and hands-on activities
  • Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
  • Opportunities to access other classes for instruction in a student’s area of strength   


To be eligible for programming, students must be:

  • in Grades 4 to 6
  • diagnosed with a learning disability
  • demonstrating significant academic delays despite adequate intellectual, linguistic, sensory and emotional development