Golden Hills School Division believes that the principle of universal design is the starting point for an inclusive public education system whereby the educational needs of the greatest number of students is addressed by providing quality instruction in the common learning environment.
Golden Hills School Division also recognizes the need for a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of diverse learners. Within Golden Hills School Division a wide range of specialized learning opportunities are available to serve a broad spectrum of students who have been identified as having unique learning needs such as a learning disability, behavioral/social-emotional, cognitive, physical or sensory challenges, and giftedness.
Targeted Services are developed at individual schools based on their specific needs and available resources. These programs typically provide small-groups or less often, individualized instruction, that is time limited or part-time, and addresses specific learner outcomes (i.e., literacy, numeracy, social/behavioral development).
Congregated specialized learning environments are also offered to the Kneehill and Wheatland areas. The focus is on intensive programming for students identified with severe behavioral (GreenZone/Anchor) or developmental (STRIVE program) challenges.
A unique, specialized learning opportunity that is available in several Wheatland area schools is Project H.O.PE.