Community Pathway Program

The Community Pathways Program (CPP) is a program designed to assist students in reaching their full potential through individualized and intensive instruction. The program has two phases; a four year phase where students build a strong foundation in functional academics and develop a community readiness profile. The second phase is a three year certificate phase which prepares students for life after school. The program is for students who are not meeting expectations from the Ontario Curriculum due to an intellectual disability, a developmental disability, or a significant communication disorder.


Elsie MacGill Secondary School, along with the Halton District School Board, recognizes all post secondary pathways as valid and equal options for graduates. The students in the CPP will be working towards one of two different certificates: Employable Skills Certificate (ESC) and Community Skills Certificate (CSC).

SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

When will Elsie MacGill SS have the Community Pathway Program?

Elsie MacGill SS will welcome its first cohort of students into our Community Pathways Program for the coming school year (September 2022).

What is the boundary criteria to attend Elsie MacGill?

The Halton District School Board has determined that all Community Pathways Program Students living in Milton, on or West of Highway 25, will attend Elsie MacGill SS. All Community Pathways Program Students living on or East of Highway 25, will attend Craig Kielburger SS.

What if my student is in a Partial Integration Placement?

Students currently in a Partial Integration placement, for the purposes of credit bearing courses or essential level programming, will remain at Craig Kielburger SS.

What if my student is currently attending CKSS in grade 9 and 10?

All students in Grade 9 (born in 2007) living West of Highway 25 who are currently attending the Community Pathways Program at Craig Kielburger SS, are being transitioned to Elsie MacGill SS for September 2022.


Students in Grade 10 (born in 2006) living West of Highway 25 who are currently attending the Community Pathways Program at Craig Kielburger SS can choose to remain at Craig Kielburger SS or transition to Elsie MacGill SS.

Will there be transition meetings for our students?

All Community Pathways Program Students who will be joining us at Elsie MacGill SS will have a student-specific transition plan. This plan will be developed by staff at both Craig Kielburger SS and Elsie MacGill SS to support your child’s transition and to help families learn more about Elsie MacGill SS and our program. Transition meetings will occur in late spring.

Further Details for the Community Pathway Program:

Years 1 Through 4

  • Students take a variety of courses which serve to build a foundation in functional academics and skills for independent living.

  • Curriculum expectations are derived from various resources and are individualized to meet the needs of each student.

  • These expectations serve as a guide but can be altered and added to in order to meet individual student needs. Expectations being evaluated will appear on the student’s individual education plan (IEP).

  • Assessment for each student will be reported on the IEP as well and follow the school’s regular reporting periods.


Years 5 Through 7


  • The Employable Skills Certificate Program (ESC) is designed to teach the skills required to work competitively in various work sectors. Students participate in courses which allow for the instruction of skills which may lead to employment in a particular sector. Both in school and community co-op placements are a key component of the ESC.


  • The Community Skills Certificate Program (CSC) is designed to teach the skills required to participate in a supported way in the community. The instruction and courses focus on more general skills which will serve the student in volunteer placements, supported living, and supported employment settings. Both in-school and community co-op placements are a key component of the CSC.


Criteria for Special Education Programs

Contents & Placements

Special Education Advisory Committee