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Highlands School is a designated Division site for the Connections Program for Grades 1 to 9. The Connections program supports students displaying chronic, extreme and pervasive behaviours. Students require close and constant adult supervision and a high level of structure to function in an educational setting. Smaller class sizes which allow for more targeted instruction along with predictable and clearly articulate routines, procedures, expectations and schedules are all in place to help students be successful. Students are supported in developing and demonstrating positive behaviour and social skills while achieving academic goals. Students work toward improving their problem solving skills and self-management and coping skills. Highlands School offers the Connections program for Division 1,2 and 3 students. Opportunities are available to join other classes for instruction in a student's area of strength.

Students must be in Grade 1 to 9 with severe emotional and behavioural challenges, and a clinical diagnosis. Contact your child's school for information about eligibility and specialized programming.



Strategies programming supports students with learning disabilities whose intelligence is measured as average to above average and who have significant academic delays. Learning disabilities are complex and can vary from person to person, requiring flexible instruction that meets each student’s unique needs.


  • Improve academic skills
  • Develop strategies to manage learning challenges with the goal of returning to regular programming as soon as possible


  • Improved reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills
  • Application of strategies for studying, remembering and organizing information
  • Increased responsibility for  learning—planning ahead, setting goals and monitoring progress


  • Visual aids, concrete examples and hands-on activities
  • Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
  • Opportunities to access other classes for instruction in a student’s area of strength   


To be eligible for programming, students must be:

  • in Grades 2 to 12
  • diagnosed with a learning disability
  • demonstrating significant academic delays despite adequate intellectual, linguistic, sensory and emotional development

Contact your child’s school for information about eligibility and special education programming options


All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education, regardless of the school or program. Students enrolled in Strategies will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.