Across the province families are struggling in mainstream classrooms. Large brick and mortar schools where inclusion is the goal left some families considering the alternative of homeschooling, which also did not meet their needs.
Pivot Point Learning Centres Society listened, and created a model that allows for very small customized groups of students to access learning centres and receive individualized instruction and support. By creating a unique partnership with distributed learning schools, Pivot Point is able to support students in a 3-1 student-to-staff ratio.
Pivot Point’s students have diverse learning profiles and are often diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, although that is not a requirement to enrol. Through customized programming, students work on various learning opportunities following the provincial curriculum, but also include a variety of life skills and social/emotional supports to ensure a well-rounded approach.
“We want our students to feel safe, secure and supported so they thrive when they come to our centre,” the society said in a news release. “Based on our philosophy of creating positive change we strive to provide an alternative choice for families looking at the educational needs of their child.”
The Nelson community classroom operates out of Nelson Christian Community School and is currently accepting registrations for fall 2020.