Hamilton Campus
547 West 5th Street, Hamilton ON

Special Education Department

The mission of the Calvin Christian School's (CCS) Special Education Department is to provide inclusive education which recognizes that each child is uniquely created by God with a distinctive learning style and ability. Due to their learning differences, some children need classroom accommodations or program modifications to experience success in their learning. At Calvin Christian School, students with learning exceptionalities are integrated into the regular classroom to the fullest extent possible. The special education teachers collaborate with classroom teachers and paraeducators to make appropriate classroom accommodations. They also form learning plans for students who are in need of individual or small group instruction for one or more subjects. Participation in the Special Education Program is preceded by a process consisting of a referral, an assessment procedure, and a placement decision. If you have concerns about your child's learning, please speak to your child's teacher to initiate a possible referral to the Special Education Department.

The CCS Special Education Handbook provides information about special education practices and procedures. It can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

The Special Education Department also assists teachers in providing extended learning opportunities for highly capable students through the Next Step program. A document explaining the Next Step program can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

For further information, please contact Mrs. D. Van Egmond. 


For information about special education topics, and for home and school suggestions, see the following articles/resources:

1. Ontario Teacher's Federation: Teach Special Education
The teaching strategies and resources on this website have been organized along three main lines: student needs, formal exceptionalites, and diagnosed medical or psychological conditions. Related definitions, characteristics and resources are included for each area.


If you have concerns about your child, such as behavioural, emotional, or developmental concerns, the following community services may benefit you. If you would like more information about the services, please contact Mrs. Van Egmond.
Contact by phone: 905-521-7950 
Family Resource Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital (courses, groups, workshops)
3. Contact Hamilton: Connection to agencies that provide services to children, youth, and their families
Speech and Language Development


1. Doing Mathematics with Your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6, A Parent GuideA variety of activities and online resources to support your child's mathematics education.

2. Reading and Writing with Your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6, A Parent GuideA variety of activities and online resources to support your child's reading and writing development.

3. A Parent's Guide to MAP; Parent's Guide to MAP Growth: Guides for parents to explain the school wide assessment that takes place in October and May each year (Grades 1-8). The MAP assessment assists in determining each student's instructional level in mathematics, language usage, and reading, as well as their academic growth throughout each school year.  

4. Raz-Plus: For Grades 1-3, a comprehensive program with leveled books and resources to support reading development at home and at school;  please contact your child's teacher to get access to Raz-Plus materials at home

Special Education Faculty

Mrs. D. VanEgmond, Special Education Program Coordinator; VP of Student Learning

Mrs. J. Bosveld, Special Education Teacher

Ms. A. Benjamins, Special Education Teacher
Special Education Staff: Personal Support Workers, Educational Assistants, Teacher Assistants

Mrs. L. Belanger
Mrs. E. Billiald
Mrs. T. Bouwers
Ms. S. Knevel
Mrs. A. Langendoen
Mrs. T. Kooistra
Ms. S. Peters
Mrs. M. Star
Mrs. S. Tigchelaar
Mrs. S.  Vander Meulen
Ms. K. Vos
Ms. A. Voskamp
Mrs. K. Zantingh

 Special Education Handbook for Parents

581.2 Special Education Handbook for parents W Office Download
587.1 The Next Step Program W Office Download