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What is S.T.E.P.S.?

The Skills to Enhance Personal Success (STEPS) Program began at Belle River Secondary School in the fall of 2009.  

In partnership with the community, S.T.E.P.S. programming provides learning opportunities that support, challenge and inspire all students to achieve their full potential and enable them to participate meaningfully in their communities.

The S.T.E.P.S. Program consists of courses, supports and experiences designed to meet the needs of students with severe learning and physical challenges in Secondary School environments.  The program is designed to allow students the opportunity to proceed at a rate of learning that is appropriate to their ability, needs and interests.

The purpose of the S.T.E.P.S. program is to provide those individuals who have developmental disabilities an environment that promotes learning while gaining the skills needed to be successful in everyday life.

Integration into the School Culture & Community:

One of the key components of the S.T.E.P.S. program is the successful integration of the students into the school culture and surrounding community.  These activities include but are not limited to:

       Recycling with students from environmental studies courses

       Working in the greenhouse and watering plants throughout the school

       Participation in Grade 9 day, the Metler cup, prom, semi-formal and fashion show

       Integration into various mainstream classes throughout the year

       Weekly grocery shopping excursions to Foodland

       Weekly cooking classes in the foods room

       S.T.E.P.S. Caf茅

       Work placements at Sam鈥檚 Pampered Pets and Little Sweets

       Breakfast program

       Fundraising events for various causes (Group Hug Apparel and Autism Services)

       Special guests (such as firefighters from Lakeshore Fire Department)

       Mainstream co-op placements within our S.T.E.P.S. program

       Partnership with the Leadership classes

       Composting throughout the school

       Reading morning announcements

Get involved!

Our S.T.E.P.S. team is always looking for new ideas to help enrich the experiences of our students and to enrich the lives of others. If you are interested in one of our initiatives or have a few ideas of your own, please stop by and see us!