Regional Assessment and Resource Centre

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What is the STEPS Program?

The aim of the Successful Transition from Elementary to Post-Secondary (STEPS) program (formally called the Gr8 Transitions Program) is to assist students with learning disabilities to make a successful transition from elementary to secondary school and beyond.

Until this past year, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has funded the STEPS program to collect research information about the nature of learning disabilities through adolescence.  The Ministry is supportive of the program but is no longer able to fund a program for a cohort of students not in, or imminently transitioning to, post-secondary education.  However, our experience over the last 10 years’ of the program has taught us that by providing students, their parents and teachers with a deeper understanding of the student’s learning profile and challenges, it increases the chances of students succeeding in secondary school and beyond. 

As such, RARC is committed to continuing the program, providing a psychoeducational assessment as well as the parent and student intervention sessions and the summer camps. There will be no cost for the intervention sessions and the psychoeducational assessment will be provided with flexible payment options over a 2-year period.  Please see the Financial Contract (below) for full details.

Goals of the STEPS Program

This 2-year program begins in Grade 7, and supports students as they approach the transition to high school. Our goal is to give students the tools they will need to be successful in secondary school, which lead to further success in post-secondary school.

The STEPS Program aims to:

  • Teach students about learning disabilities and their individual learning profile
  • Promote self-knowledge and self-advocacy
  • Support parents in understanding how their child learns, their child's rights and responsibilities, and how to support their child in and out of the school environment
  • Train students and parents in adaptive technology, and explain how and why these accommodations can help students learn
  • Prepare students for the upcoming transition and what changes to expect at secondary school


STEPS Information Night

November 9, 2017 6:30-8:00pm
​128 Union St W, Kingston Ontario (Google Maps:
Room 1, Sir John A Macdonald Hall (Classroom Finder)

Information Night Flyer (updated Oct 2017): STEPS Information Night


STEPS Flyer 2017

STEPS Registration Form and Background Questionnaire

STEPS Teacher Contact Information 2017

STEPS Financial Contract 2017

For more information, please contact the Transitions Coordinator:


phone icon(613) 533-6000 ext. 75220

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