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Student Services

The SSA Student Services Department’s mission is to support the social, emotional and intellectual growth of our students. Our expertise in child development allows us to advocate for our students in the classroom and provide professional guidance and resources to their families and teachers. We are devoted to ensuring that each student at SSA feels valued and reaches their full potential.

Our Services

The Strategy Enrichment Program (STEP)

The purpose of STEP is to meet the specific learning needs of students by implementing the recommendations from their formal evaluations, and providing accommodations and/or modifications to their learning programs.

Creating a growth mindset environment in which each student believes they can flourish as a learner is the heart of the program.


Program Design:

  • Offered in Hebrew and French for Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 during regular class time.
  • Students in STEP receive small group instruction led by a teacher with expertise in teaching children with diverse learning needs.
  • A variety of instructional approaches are used, including pre-teaching and differentiation with regard to learning style, curriculum, and evaluation.
  • STEP teachers use instructional material from the larger class as well as their own activities to develop students’ skills.
  • Evaluations and grades are reflective of the student’s goals, as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Letter grades are provided when the student is on an IEP with modifications to the curriculum whereas percentages are provided when the student is on an IEP with adaptations/accommodations.

Admission Procedures:

  • STEP has limited enrolment. Recommendation for admission must be made by a teacher, administrator and/or by Student Services. 
  • Classroom observations, teachers’ assessments, results from formal evaluations and parents’ feedback are all taken into account in determining whether a student is a candidate for STEP. 
  • Students must have or be in the process of undergoing a Psycho-Educational, Neuropsychological, Speech-Language or Occupational therapy evaluation in order to be considered.
  • Students must be on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 
  • Parents are provided with program information and asked to sign a consent form indicating that they’re in agreement with their child participating in the program.

Alexandra D'Arrisso

Titles: Director of Student Services
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 525

Darra Lang

Titles: Vice-Principal
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 502

Adrienne Frank

Titles: Social Worker
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 513

Ilana Lichtman

Titles: School Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 515

Stacey Park

Titles: School Counselor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 517

Kris Schicchi

Titles: Student Supervisor
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (514) 485-0866 ext. 531

STEP Teachers