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Individual Program Plans (IPP)

What is an IPP (Individual Program Plan)?

  • A planning tool which helps to guide and document student growth and success
  • Designed and developed to meet the specific needs of individual learners
  • A collaboratively created document
  • A communication document
  • An ongoing document which is updated at regular intervals 
  • IPP - A summary of goals, strategies and accommodations aimed at enhancing student learning 

Who needs an IPP?

  • All students identified as having special education needs require an IPP
  • Students without codes may be placed on an IPP when significant changes are being made to their program in one or more subject areas. 

Whose job is it?

  • The principal is responsible for ensuring that the IPP is developed, updated, reviewed and communicated
  • All staff directly involved with the student’s learning may contribute to the creation of the IPP.

What is the parent’s role?

  • Parents are important members of the learning team. Parents are the primary teacher(s) for their children and see them in a variety of social and learning situations beyond the school setting. As a result, parents can often share valuable insights and perspectives about their child’s strengths and needs which provide important information for the IPP process and school programming.
  • The most effective services are provided to students when the home and school work together as a team to provide a positive learning experience. Parents play a critical role in their child’s education by choosing to actively engage and participate in the IPP process through the following:
  • maintain open communication with teachers and the school
  • maintain a positive and supportive attitude about school and learning, homework, and school activities
  • be prepared to share information about their child’s strengths and needs
  • be willing to discuss their educational and social goals for their child
  • share medical information and health procedures
  • give written and informed consent for any specialized assessments


Sample Information Sharing Forms from Alberta Education


Alberta Education's Student Perspective                   Alberta Education's Parent Perspective

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