Melba Copland Secondary School provides additional support to students with learning difficulties through a range of programs and strategies. The level of support provided to students is determined through an Appraisal completed by Disability Education. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is created for each student to assist staff in meeting their educational needs. The programs at MCSS include:
Learning Support Centre (Year 7 - 10)
Students in the Learning Support Centre (LSC) have their core classes - English, Mathematics, Science and Studies of Society and Environment - together. There are a maximum of 16 students in these classes and they are supported by a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) as well as the teacher. LSC students participate in mainstream Physical Education and Electives classes with some LSA support.
Inclusion Support Program (Year 7 - 12)
Students in the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) attend mainstream classes with Learning Support Assistants available in some of their classes.
Learning Support Unit (Year 11 - 12)
The LSU at MCSS follows the Department guidelines for student numbers and staffing. Through the LSU Step Ahead Programme students are able to work towards a Year 12 Certificate and engage in a College Business Enterprise providing opportunities to gain relevant functional skills, facilitating transition to the workplace.