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Inclusive Learning


An inclusive education system is a way of thinking and acting that demonstrates acceptance of, and belonging for, all students — regardless of their backgrounds, needs or abilities. It is founded on the belief that all children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources.

As a parent, you have a choice in the learning environment for your child who needs specialized learning supports. A regular program at your designated school is your point of entry and the first option considered and discussed.

Inclusive learning is more than just placing a student in a classroom with their peers — it’s about participating, belonging, being engaged in the learning process, and being welcomed and embraced in the classroom. To support the learning needs of all students in every school, we need to provide:

  • specially designed programming and instruction to meet individual needs
  • supports and resources to ensure optimal programming


Policy: Inclusive Education (HA.BP)

Administrative RegulationStudents In Need of Specialized Supports and Services (HA.AR)


Supporting inclusive education calls for a wide range of partners to work together to achieve a common vision. The Inclusive Education Parent and Community Advisory Committee helps strengthen the Division’s inclusive education system by:

  • enhancing how the Division’s Inclusive Education policy and regulations are put into practice
  • providing information and advice to Division administrators
  • working to bring Alberta Education’s Principles of Inclusive Education to life in our classrooms

The Committee is made up of three representatives from Division administration and 10 members of the public — a balance of parents with children attending Edmonton Public Schools and other interested community members. Committee members serve a three-year term. Learn more in the advisory committee's Terms of Reference.