Toronto District School Board
Skip to main content

Intensive Support Programs

Intensive Support Programs (ISPs) at all grade levels are designed to support communities of exceptional (special needs) students who have similar behavioural, communication, intellectual, or physical needs.

Access to this level of support is by the decision of an Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)  or by the recommendation of a Special Education Program Recommendation Committee (SEPRC) in consultation with the student’s parents/guardians/caregivers. A committee will first consider if a student’s needs can be met in the regular class with appropriate support.

ISPs provide special education support for at least 50 percent of the school day. They are staffed with a Special Education teacher and may also have support staff.

The number and location of ISPs are determined by the number and location of students who need this level of support across the TDSB. ISPs are located in local school settings.

It is expected that students in an ISP will continue to be included in all aspects of school life. In most cases, a student's need for an ISP is limited as the student is expected to reintegrate into the regular program. The placement is reviewed annually.

Early Years Intervention Programs

Diagnostic Kindergarten
Kindergarten Intervention Program
Kindergarten Early Language Intervention

Types of Exceptionality Intensive Support Programs and Locations

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Developmental Disability
Learning Disability
Mild Intellectual Disability
Physical Disability 

Congregated SC and Maps

A small number of classes are in “congregated” sites, where intensive special education programming is provided for the full school day to meet the needs of students with very complex needs. These may include a combination of intellectual, physical, medical, communication, and /or behavioural needs.

Learn more about


Teacher helping student

© 2014 Toronto District School Board  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy   |  CASL