Diverse Learning Needs

Diverse Learning Needs Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness

The unique needs of students with emotional or behavioral disabilities can usually be successfully met in their community schools.

For students who require more comprehensive support, we provide short-term and long-term classes as well as intensive treatment-based classes and schools. Specialized classes are provided to students in K-12. These programs provide students who have mental health issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, severe disabilities or developmental delays, or other emotional or behavioral difficulties with the supports and resources they need to attend school and be successful learners. All programs emphasize the development of academic, social and life skills.

Along with working closely with students and parents, many of our specialized classes are offered in partnership with other organizations in Calgary, including:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Child & Family Services
  • Woods Homes
  • YWCA of Calgary

These specialized classes have a low student-to-staff ratio. Curriculum modifications and instructional accommodations are implemented based on the individual needs of each student. Many of our specialized programs for students with emotional or behavioral disabilities will offer counselling, therapists, and other supports, as needed, to support the student’s learning.


Classes for students with emotional or behavior disabilities are located throughout Calgary.

Some of the classes we offer take place in one of our special settings, including:

Dr. Gordon Townsend School at Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary AB T3B 6A8
t | 403-955-7004
e | DrGordonTownsend@cbe.ab.ca

Wood’s Homes – George Wood Learning Centre
9400 – 48 Ave. NW, Calgary, AB T3B 2B2
t | 403-247-7130
e | woodshomes@cbe.ab.ca

Wood’s Homes – William Taylor Learning Centre
805 - 37 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N8
t | 403-270-1751
e | woodshomes@cbe.ab.ca

Children’s Village School
1210 Russet Road NE, Calgary AB T2E 5L5
t | 403-777-6114
e | ChildrensVillage@cbe.ab.ca

William Roper Hull School
2266 Woodpark Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2W 2Z8
t | 403-251-8022
f | 403-238-4644
e | WilliamRoperHull@cbe.ab.ca

For information on programming at your child’s school, speak with the school principal.

Community Outreach of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in Education (C.O.P.E.)

C.O.P.E is a partnership between families, education, Alberta Health Services and Children and Family Services that provides school-based consultations with physician specialists (pediatricians and child psychiatrists) to children who are experiencing developmental, behavioral or emotional struggles impacting their learning.
C.O.P.E supports teachers and parents by:

  • identifying mental health and/or developmental issues that may impact student learning and behaviour;
  • providing supportive recommendations for the management of the identified issues;
  • providing referrals to other community organizations as necessary; and
  • providing case management and follow-up.

C.O.P.E requests can only be made by the school. Speak with the principal at your child’s school about a referral, if you believe your child could benefit from a consultation.

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