- If after this discussion you agree the VLC is a potential placement, Andrew will arrange an in-person meeting at the VLC with Senior Psychologist and Founder, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, for you and your learner. You will bring any documents you have to this meeting – school reports, previous or current psychoeducational assessments, medical reports, etc. A psychoeducational assessment is not essential but if further testing is required a referral will be provided.
Once the process begins….
- Dr. Schwartz selects appropriate teachers for your learner and a schedule will be set up with your input. She will provide an informal Intake document to the Faculty that will allow the program to be activated in a short time frame if that is appropriate.
- Within weeks you will receive a report containing a full analysis of the documents provided, a prioritized list of concerns to be addressed and a multi-year program designed with the learner and their special needs at the center.
It should be noted that the VLC is not a school but a Specialist Learning Centre. The VLC delivers a team-based process. A teaching captain is assigned to oversee the program delivery and to be the main contact with the parents who then become an integrated part of the team. Schools can then be involved as appropriate.
In the case of home schooling, the curriculum, homework tasks, testing, and the program to earn credentials and provide oversight to the curriculum is up to the distance education school. This becomes the learner’s school and the VLC will work collaboratively with the school’s contact person and will actively address all IEPs or special needs developed by that school.
Whether the student attends on site at VLC and remains as part of a class or works with a distance education school, the VLC becomes the specialist provider of one to one teaching based on the special needs of the learner in collaboration with the learner’s parents and the contact person assigned by the school.
- At the VLC, the program is then supervised and monitored. Reports are prepared following a full faculty discussion at 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months and delivered to the parents. Any adjustments to the program are made at this time to further ensure fit to learners ongoing needs and progress (these reports can also be made available to the schools if the parent chooses to provide this).
- Further concerns after 6 months are addressed by a Red Flag System, which results in ongoing monitoring for success.
- Semester reports by each teacher are provided 3 times a year and reviewed by Dr. Schwartz to ensure quality outcomes are taking place.