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SCHOOLS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
(FORMERLY SCHOOL OF HOPE)

A Programme of the Jamaican Association on Mental Retardation and The Ministry of Education


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Mission Statement:

Preparing children with Mental Retardation and other Developmental Disabilities to take their rightful place in Jamaica's ever changing Society by giving them the tools to help themselves.

MOTTO: LEARNING FOR LIFE







Profile

This is a programme that seeks to unleash the full potential of each student.

The network of Schools of Special Education is the oldest and largest special education programme in Jamaica. It was founded in 1956, and is now jointly operated by the Jamaican Association on Mental Retardation and the Ministry of Education.

The school provides educational services to children with mental retardation through a network of Schools island wide. There are five (5) main schools each with its own principals and satellite units referred to as Learning Centres. The current student population is over 1400 with teachers, teachers’ aides and other resource personnel.



Support Services

Assessment
All school placements are dependent on the psycho educational assessment of the child. Assessment for identification, placement and instructional planning is offered.

Social Work Intervention

The Social Worker works with Guidance Counsellors, Principals and Centre Managers, teachers and parents to improve areas of need of the individual child and his family. Currently there are guidance counselors in only one of the cluster of schools. The other schools refer emergency cases for counselling the Child Guidance Clinics and Children’s Services within the regions in which the schools are located.

Transition

This programme prepares students for the transition from school to work. Parents are expected to work closely with the transition officer or the senior teacher assigned to the position. The programme facilitates the establishment of linkages the community and business enterprises and works closely with teachers to provide career education and work experience for students.

Students are also exposed to entrepreneurial experiences to encourage self employment upon leaving school.

Library

The five schools have established library collections to meet the needs of the schools within their cluster. There is a team of professional school librarians on staff who lend support to schools on a needs basis. The Library functions as a multi-media centre which provides valuable resources for students, staff and members of the public.



Curriculum

The schools utilize two curricula:

Vocational skill training is critical to this population. It is introduced at the Intermediate level and emphasized at the prevocational level where students are prepared for the world of work.

Choices for the vocational training are guided by market demands of the community coupled by available resources.


Some skills include:



Resource Programme

This programme provides intensive individualized remedial instruction for students at risk in primary and secondary students, in Language Arts and Mathematics on a pull out basis. Teachers target areas of weakness, enhance strengths and build independence in specific learning strategies and study skills.

The programme is currently available at the Llandilo and Greater Portmore schools but will be replicated in the other schools based on available resources.



Cultural Programme

This programme, is a component recommended by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture, is aimed at improving students’ awareness of the Jamaican culture through special events focusing on different aspects, during the school year. A senior teacher referred to as a culture agent has specific responsibility for organizing these events.



Network of Schools Islandwide

Randolph Lopez School of Hope

7 Golding Avenue, P.O Box 224, Kingston 7

927-2054

  Satellite Schools



   Harbour View Learning Centre

31A Martello Drive, Kgn 17

928-6484

   Liguanea Learning Centre

Liguanea Prep, 2E Kings House Road, Kingston 6

927-6066

   Best Care Learning Centre

7 Golding AvenueKgn.7

927-2054

   Maxfield Learning Centre

St. Phillip’s Church, 58 Maxfield Avenue, Kingston 13

920-3728

   Shortwood Learning Centre

Shortwood Practising School, 77 Shortwood Road, Kgn. 8

925-6619

   St. Judes Learning Centre

St. Judes Primary, 1 Norwich Avenue, Kingston 11

923-9567

   Balcombe Drive Learning Centre

Balcombe Drive Primary, 77 Balcombe Drive, Kgn. 11

937-1152

   OLA Learning Centre

78 Molynes Road, Kgn. 10

764-9661

   Elletson Learning Centre

1 Bryden Road, Kgs. 16

928-3880

   St. Peter Claver Learning Centre

St. Peter Claver Primary, 33b Waltham Park Road, Kgn. 11

923-4794

   Stony Hill Learning Centre

Stony Hill Primary and All Age, Stony Hill, Kgn 9

942-3230

   Yallahs Learning Centre

Yallahs All Age, St. Thomas

982-5062

   Franklyn Town Learning Centre

Franklyn Town Primary, 4 Victoria Street, Kingston 2

928-2538

   Port Antonio Learning Centre

Drapers, Williams field, Port Antonio, Portland

993-7359

Windsor School of Special Education

Windsor Road, Spanish Town, St. Catherine

984-7115

  Satellite Schools



   Greater Portmore Learning Centre

Sabina West, Greater Portmore, St. Catherine

989-7085

   May Pen Learning Centre

Denbigh Showground, May Pen, Clarendon

902-2112

   Linstead Learning Centre

Cammadore Basic School, Linstead, St. Catherine

872-6884

Edgehill School of Special Education

Edgehill Road, St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann

972-9761

  Satellite Schools



   Port Maria Learning Centre

Port Maria Primary, St. Mary

994-9373

   Ocho Rios Learning Centre

Ocho Rios High, St. Ann

974-7880

Woodlawn School of Special Education

19 Woodlawn Road, Mandeville, Manchester

962-6679

  Satellite School



   Santa Cruz Learning Centre

Santa Cruz Primary, St. Elizabeth

966-4763

Llandilo School of Special Education

Savanna la mar, Westmoreland

955-4849

  Satellite Schools



   Montego Bay Learning Centre

Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St. James

971-7225

   Lucea Learning Centre

Old SDC Building, Miller Drive, Lucea, Hanover

956-3852


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