Janus Academy operates a school for students diagnosed with ASD aged 6 to 18 years of age.
Our program provides an individualized approach to teaching for each student based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Our classrooms support a low student to teacher ratio. The program provides a major emphasis in three core areas; development of language and communication skills, the expansion of learner skills and academics, and the development of socially appropriate behaviour and classroom skills.
Janus Academy provides programming in education to students who possess skills across the autism spectrum. As student profiles differ significantly, we have created different divisions within our program to target individual needs and group cohesiveness. Janus Academy classrooms are not formed by grades but rather by similar student profiles. We endeavour to ensure that all students are placed within a peer group that will provide them with the most successful education.
Our curriculum is based on the Alberta Program of Studies which is overseen by our school Principal. We follow a modified program that is geared to the individual needs of our students. Our education teams are comprised of a certificated Teacher, Program Coordinator (behavioural specialist), Group Instructors and Behaviour Therapists. This group works collaboratively to plan, instruct and assess each students growth.
Each student’s program is based on objectives outlined in their Individual Program Plan (IPP). These objectives are derived from the collaboration of the student’s education team, assessment results, functional analysis of behaviour, and contributions from parents. Objectives for each student are designed to facilitate independence and allow each student to grow and develop to their full potential.
Once students reach the Junior/Senior high school age, the focus of their learning grows to include Life Skills and pre-vocational skills that support their transition towards adulthood. Our community integration approach supports students using these classroom- learned skills and transferring them into community practice. This includes grocery shopping, volunteering and use of public transit.