Mackay Centre School offers a variety of programs that cater to the individual
needs of our students. All students follow an education program approved by the Quebec Ministère
de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES).
Ministry programs offered at Mackay Centre School
Language & Communication
Literacy instruction in the language classes have several components. Teachers
seek to increase children's awareness of print as communicative and functional. They read
theme-related stories and give children opportunities to illustrate and enact them. Teachers and
speech pathologists also embed phonological awareness activities in storytelling, circle time,
Phonological awareness involves knowing and being able to "play with" the sounds of language.
As training progresses, children are gradually taught to make the link between sounds and
letters; a skill required for decoding.
Social interaction is an important part of the language classes and is supported by classroom
teachers as well as other professions. Themes that relate to interpersonal skills are utilized.
In the classroom, children participate in a variety of interactive groups: whole-class,
small-group and pairs. Music therapy at the preschool level are organized to allow children
opportunities for practice at peer requests, sharing, giving each other positive feedback.
A weekly social skills group is also facilitated by the school psychologist and speech-language
pathologist. In these groups, games, circle activities, pictures, stories, and role plays are
used to teach children how to interact positively and how to negotiate and resolve conflicts
Our Augmentative Communication class combines the resources of the school and the
Rehabilitation Centre. The primary focus of the classroom is communication. All the students
involved use alternative or augmentative forms of communication, i.e. picture symbols, switches
and voice output aids.
Most students at Mackay receive 90 minutes of physical and health education
instruction per week. As with all other elementary schools in Quebec, the overarching goals of
the physical and health education program are dictated by the Quebec Education Program.
What distinguishes the Mackay physical and health education program is its use of an
abilities-based approach. This approach looks for the unique functional skills every child
possesses and tries to select games, sports and activities that match these skills. Students
with physical disabilities are encouraged to use whatever specialized equipment allows them
greater mobility, fitness and independence. Ambulatory students, including deaf, have speech or
language disorders and reverse integration students have the opportunity to explore their own
abilities, while being sensitized to the abilities and needs of others.
Most students at Mackay Centre School receive 60 minutes of swimming per week. The
overall goals for all students are to develop skills related to comfort, safety, swimming,
fitness, and games. Students with physical disabilities will have individual objectives set
based on their comfort, movement and fitness abilities. Ambulatory students follow the Canadian
Red Cross Preschool Swim and Swim Kids programs.
Satellite Classes at Royal Vale and Westmount High
Some students at Royal Vale High School are integrated into the regular program
for some of the courses. These students are supported by two teachers of the deaf and one
The satellite class at Westmount High School is for Mackay students of the Physically Disabled
Department who are of high school age. The purpose of the satellite class is to provide students
with the services they need within a regular high school setting. We offer an adapted
educational program which covers most secondary courses. Our students participate in many of the
school activities at Westmount High School.