Teachers, administration and other professionals working with Keating students take all of the information, gathered during meetings throughout the year and through our work with the students, to help us build classes that meet the needs of students in the best way possible. We take into consideration the following:
learning needs (challenges and areas requiring enrichment or support)
learning environment (e.g. multi-age classes allow us to place students in environments where they can develop new friendships with students in other grades, take on a leadership or mentorship role with their classmates, learn about new ways to navigate social situations through the role modeling of older classmates, experience a different style of teaching that may suit their learning needs, etc.)
social relationships (good buddies do not always make good classmates. We make every effort to place your child with students who will encourage him or her to be his/her very best.)
composition issues (to the best of our ability we try to balance male/female ratios, number of students in each grade in a multi-age class, behaviour, social-emotional and learning needs, overall class sizes for each teacher, etc.)
Over the next few months, we will be looking at our school configuration and starting to build our classes for 2017-18. We thank parents for the ongoing dialogue, regarding your child's educational and social-emotinal needs, during:
parent/teacher interviews or informal meetings with the teacher(s)
IEP or behaviour plan meetings with our school-based team members
meetings with the school Principal or Vice Principal
meetings with other professionals who may work with your child: Speech Language Pathologist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, etc.
Please contact Mme Heron, if you have any questions or concerns regarding class placement. Additionally, if your child will not not be attending Keating in 2017-18, we ask that you please let the office know as soon as possible.
Mary Lynn Heron