General Learning Program (GLP)

Program Overview

GLP studentsSir Guy Carleton's General Learning Program (GLP) is 1 of 3 secondary GLP sites in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. We have 6 classes here at Sir Guy with 16 students per class. All of our classes are staffed with a Special Education Teacher and an Educational Assistant. Students are referred to our program by a Central Board Committee based on applications made by the current school.
Students work on alternative curriculum goals and learning expectations from their IEPs.  The focus of the program is to maximize the learning potential of our students while focusing on basic and practical numeracy and literacy skills. We have a strong focus on the development of social, independent life, community, and, especially, job skills.
Students can remain with the General Learning Program until graduation in June of the year of their 21st birthday.  When graduating from this highly skilled focused pathway, students earn a Certificate of Accomplishment.  This is a non-credit pathway where students do not work towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Key Teams

Each student is linked with a GLP teacher and educational assistant who track progress, provide support as required, are the primary contact with parent/guardian, assist with transition planning and are responsible for IEPs, IPRCs, documentation, etc.
Our GLP students take the following courses: World of Work, English, Math, Personal Life Skills, Physical Education, Exploring My World, and the senior students participate in Co-operative Education.
All of our GLP students are a part of the school community here at Sir Guy Carleton. They participate in school clubs, sports and activities. In terms of integration into the vocational program classes, we are significantly limited by space availability, because Sir Guy is not provided staffing for GLP students to take vocational classes. If possible and suitable, some of our students, in their senior years, are integrated into a single vocational program course. Key indicators for integration suitability include academic/subject ability and chances for success, independence skills, attendance, behaviour (maturity and social skills) along with student interest and motivation.

Group of GLP students

Work Experience

After their first year here at Sir Guy, GLP students participate in Work Experience Placements. For two weeks at the end of January and another two weeks at the end of June, students have an opportunity to gain real-life experience in a work environment. Placements are based on interest and ability.

Supporting Your Child
Student on Work Experience
All families should regularly review our Connecting with Agencies guide. It provides a timeline for accessing services starting upon entry to Secondary School. Transition planning starts now! If you have questions, need copies of documents or require support, please connect with your student's key teacher.

Program Placement

Placement in the General Learning Program is done by a central board committee.  A student’s OCDSB school completes a System Class Referral based on a recommendation from the school multidisciplinary team.

Changes to ODSP

Co-operative Seating on OC Transpo

Disability Tax Credit

General Learning Program

Post Secondary Transition Planning - Sir Guy Carleton

Developmental Disabilities - Connecting with Agencies

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