PHONE NUMBER: (416) 394-4600

GRADE RANGE: JK to 8

Seneca School's Mission Statement

Seneca School was originally built in 1967 and at that time, it served students with developmental disabilities who ranged in age from 7 to 21.  Currently, our barrier free school provides a structured team approach to support primary, junior and intermediate students, aged 4 to 14, who have developmental disabilities.
                        
 Seneca School Mission Statement
We recognize the uniqueness and diversity of our students and work as a team of professionals within a safe and caring environment.  We forge partnerships with our families and the community.  We offer our students a variety of experiences to help them to reach their potential and we celebrate their achievements.

Students at Seneca participate in library, art, music and life skills programs and we are fortunate to also offer our students 2 adapted playrooms, a gym, a Snoezelen Room and an outdoor adapted playground. On staff, we have Special Education Teachers, Educational Assistants, Special Needs Assistants, Noon Hour Assistants, Nurses, and a Deaf/Blind Intervenor. We have access to consultative staff, including a psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, a social worker, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.

Vision for Learning

Student Achievement Goal:  For each student to develop voice, engagement & independence through achievement of functional communication strategies, life skills & motor skills.  Equity Goal:  Staff will gain a deeper understanding of students’ diverse identities/lived experiences, through engaging in culturally relevant & responsive pedagogy, professional learning & collaborative planning, in ways that position students & their communities at the centre of programming.
Well-Being Goal:  For relationships to be fostered among all stakeholders to enhance a sense of belonging & ensure access to opportunities that promote well-being.

More Information About Seneca School

Links to Our Community

Our school is situated in an ideal location which enables our students to regularly participate in community outings to: No Frills, The Etobicoke Olympium, Centennial Park, Elmbrook Park Library and Tim Hortons. Our students also participate in an adapted aquatics program and they learn to swim at the Etobicoke Olympium.

Parents as Partners

The staff at Seneca School welcome parents and guardians and invite them to be active participants in their children's education.  We regularly facilitate workshops for members of our community. Strengthening our working relationship with our School Council and supporting the growth and initiative of our members remains a priority.

Staff Development

The staff at Seneca School continue to attend professional development sessions focussed on autism, integration, alternative and augmentative communication, as well as literacy and numeracy initiatives. This year, class teams are working with our learning coach on using the inquiry process to strengthen classroom practice and documentation of student learning.

Assessment at Seneca

Among other assessments, Seneca School staff members use the Brigance Inventory of Early Development, which allows teachers to assess a student's progress and create programming goals that are relevant to key areas of student learning (Communication, Functional Academics, Activities of Daily Living, Social Skills and Motor Skills).






Additional Features

  • Breakfast Club
  • School Council
  • Monthly Virtual Spirit Assemblies

Student Life - Where You Belong

GO TEAM

At Seneca School we offer a variety of activities that provide our students with an opportunity to explore various aspects of student life.  Students participate in arts projects throughout the year in our expressive arts program.  In music and dance, they  make music with their voices and instruments, as well as moving to the music and interacting with props.  In reading buddies, students from Hollycrest Middle School visit our classes to read stories and enjoy literacy activities with our students.  This year we hope to be participating in a movement program with students from Hollycrest and a professional artist.

WHAT SETS US APART

A variety of special education services are offered to help meet the needs of all of our students.  Our students' exceptionalities are identified through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee process, which results in students being identified as exceptional in one or more of the following categories:  Behaviour, Communication, Intellectual and Physical Exceptionalities.  A variety of supports exist to offer assistance to our students and our staff.  On site specialized supports include health care, nursing and school staff trained in medical crisis intervention.  School support team meetings with our professional support staff are held regularly to discuss student strengths and needs, and to determine our next steps.  Selected students participate in our communication program which has been developed according to individualized recommendations made by our speech language consultant.

PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

At Seneca, we welcome volunteers from the community, community agencies and educational settings and we have partnerships Toronto Public Health and Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.  Parents and other family members are invited to assist in classrooms and on field trips. School Council and Let's Talk meetings are held at least 4 times a year.  Several nights for families, such as Winterfest and the Community Barbeque, are held throughout the school year. Parents and staff are also involved in a variety of fundraising activities. Parents and school staff work together to develop strategies that students can use at home and at school. "The Seneca Star", our school newsletter, is sent home every month.