Special Education

The Special Education Department at BCHS is comprised of Moira Carcasson, Chelsea Benham and Jo Gerrie (Program Leader) (2017-2018) Staffing for 2018-2019 school year includes Brenda Celi, Stephanie Pender, Moira Carcasson and Jo Gerrie. Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) maintain, update and assist staff in the implementation of each student’s IEP (Individual Education Plan). IEPs are updated with student, staff and parent input, each semester.

Credit Bearing Courses:

Any student with an IEP can take up to 4 credits of learning strategies support.


GLE: General Learning Essentials

Emphasis on concrete instruction of learning skills that can benefit and be practiced in students’ other classes. Topics include: Self advocating, time management, note taking and notebooking, numeracy, literacy, study/test taking skills, research/presenting skills, assistive technology, social skills, organizational skills, self regulation skills and transition skills.

Each GLE class is unique depending on the grade levels, timetables and learning needs of the students in the class. The class is differentiated based on student need. Each GLE class is taught by a Special Education teacher, most of whom are subject teachers elsewhere in the school. The GLE teacher also co-ordinates with classroom teachers to support student needs throughout the semester, as well as communicating with home.

Additional Supports

Students with IEP’s (Individual Education Plans) may use the resource room to write tests and assignments in a quieter environment, access assistive technology, access additional academic supports and write exams.