The secondary school program has been developed for students with autism who are classroom ready and working at an academic level between grade 9 and 12, in any given subject, according to the Ontario Curriculum. Students in the secondary school program are working towards obtaining credits for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The Lighthouse Learning and Development Centre has been an approved Ontario Secondary School since September 2017. We offer an in-depth, individualized secondary school program for students with autism delivered by a Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) 5 full days a week in a small teacher to student ratio classroom.

One of the things that makes The Lighthouse stand out compared to other Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) programs is that we strive to have all of our students graduate with a full secondary school diploma and not just a Certificate of Accomplishment. Students work at their own pace to achieve a full, well-rounded education as we believe this to be a crucial component to a successful and independent life after secondary school.

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Along with their curriculum expectations, students will strive to earn and complete both compulsory and elective credits to obtain their OSSD. In conjunction with their credit, students are also expected to earn and complete 40 hours of community service, along with writing the provincial literacy requirement exam. In addition to the student’s academic requirements and abilities, The Lighthouse program strives to develop healthy social and anxiety management skills.

At The Lighthouse we use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies to promote success in everyday life whether it be at school, home, or in the community. We gear all of their academics toward their own individual interests to increase motivation and make everything that we do functional in a natural environment. Part of this means focusing on preparation for the workforce, help transitioning into jobs and completing full community volunteer hours as we believe this holds a lot of value for our students.

Secondary school lessons and programs are created to help develop the skills of students with autism across all areas of the curriculum as well as to increase independence and vocational skills. This program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

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