Connections/Opportunity programming assists students with mild cognitive disabilities and severe behavioural challenges.


  • Develop and demonstrate positive behaviour and social skills 
  • Achieve academic goals
  • Develop employment and independent living skills


  • Improved social skills
  • Improved ability to express thoughts and feelings in appropriate ways
  • Improved ability to manage aggression or problematic behaviour
  • Improved ability to manage everyday tasks, stay healthy and safe

Program delivery

  • Flexible instruction based on student needs and abilities
  • Ongoing instruction in developing anger management and social skills
  • Structured classroom environment
  • Predictable and clearly articulated routines, procedures, expectations and schedules 
  • Close and constant adult supervision 
  • Smaller classes for more targeted instruction
  • Work and volunteer opportunities for older students to build career-related skills


Students must be in Grades 4 to 9 with severe emotional and behavioural challenges, and a clinical diagnosis. Contact your child’s school for information about eligibility and specialized programming.

Alberta curriculum 

All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in Connections/Opportunity will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


Most schools offering specialized programming have some yellow busing options available. For more information about busing, contact your child’s school or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.



School Sites


Junior High

Senior High