North Island Distance Education School


Navigate Special Needs Education

Special Education

A welcoming learning environment for all children

If your child has special needs, you may not feel comfortable placing him or her in a traditional school setting – nor may it necessarily be the best option for your child. Home school, on the other hand, can be a daunting option.

Many students with diverse needs and abilities, including those with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism, Chronic Health Conditions, physical and developmental disabilities, find a welcoming alternative at Navigate. Our distributed (distance) learning programs offer a special needs education option that allow children to progress at their own pace and in the comfort of their own homes while maintaining the peer support and sense of community of a conventional school environment.

Special needs education students can attend weekly face to face inclusive Interaction Days in Nanaimo, Qualicum, and in Courtenay which provide workshops,  presentations, field trips and group activities. 

Once you register with Navigate in a special needs education program, one of our BC-certified Learning Support Teachers (LSTs) will help you create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that considers your child’s needs and abilities and maps out the best route to academic success. The LST will be the case manager, will direct your child’s education and be your primary liaison with the school.

Register today or call (250) 337-5300 to find out more.

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization (NUKO)

We’re proud to provide support teachers, resources and funding facilitation for the Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization. This truly inspirational facility offers a place for children with low-incidence designated needs who would be lost in a traditional school setting to obtain a BC education in a warm, welcoming environment that’s tailored to their individual needs.