|UNIQUE SCHOOL PROVIDES INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGED STUDENTS WITH SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE WORKFORCE|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 9, 2004— Paul VI High School (11575 P.M. Favier)in Montreal North, a unique alternative school providing quality educational programs to students from 13 to 21 years of age who have been diagnosed with learning difficulties, will be holding an important information session on Thursday, February 12 (6:30 p.m.).
In addition to students and parents who are interested in the program, in-school administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists and governing board and parent committee representatives will be among those on hand.
Principal Waguih Tabet says the purpose of the meeting is to familiarize all concerned with the work being done at this school for intellectually challenged students.
Since its founding in 1979, Paul VI has offered a unique opportunity to students who find the regular high school setting inappropriate. The school’s goal is to ensure the academic, social, spiritual, and cultural growth of its students and to help them become contributing members of society. For some students this may be in the regular labour market or in a sheltered workshop setting. For others, the goal is to reintegrate them into community schools.
Paul VI welcomes students from various school boards both on and off of the island of Montreal. It offers Individual Paths for Learning (IPL) for students in the following categories: Moderately Intellectually Handicapped, Mildly Intellectually Handicapped, Severely Learning Disabled, and Multiple Handicapped. A model workshop area is incorporated within the school as a preparatory phase for students who cannot immediately enter the Work Study Program. Students in these programs receive "on-the-job" experience and are closely supervised by school personnel. Meanwhile, students in the Work Study Program receive actual on-the-job training four days a week. A Work Study teacher devotes the fifth day to in-school follow up and remediation.
A case in point is the lamination project. Paul VI students produce laminations, which offer products that are extremely competitive with other stores in terms of price and quality. This project began at the school as a fundraiser, but now generates a lot of requests from the public. It involves a group of students supervised by a teacher. Proceeds go to subsidize some activities organized for the students.
Paul VI High School High School is located on P.M. Favier between Henri-Bourassa and Maurice-Duplessis. It occupies part of the Lester B. Pearson High School facility. The main commuter routes to the school include buses #69, #43 and #159 from Henri-Bourassa Metro. For more information about the meeting, please call 723-2845.
Michael J. Cohen