Individual Program Plans (IPP)

After the Alberta Education has assigned a code to a student with a specific diagnosis, based on a psycho-educational assessment, then the school team will create an intervention document that supports that student’s specific learning needs.  The interventions will be based on the recommendations in the assessment, the parents’ and teachers’ knowledge of the child, and the school’s available resources.

IPP Terms

Three terms can be used to describe the intervention document at school but they all mean the same thing:

IPP – Individual Program Plan

IEP – Individual Education Plan

SLP – Learner Support Plan

  • Alberta Education uses IPP
  • Calgary Board of Education (CBE) uses IPP
  • Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) uses LSP
  • Rocky View School District uses IPP
  • Other school districts may use IEP

On this website, we will use the term ‘IPP’

What is an Individual Program Plan?

An IPP is an intervention document the school develops which provides a plan for the supports available for a student.

An IPP document communicates:
–  The student’s current skill level.  This can be both academic and behavioural skills.

–  The intervention(s) planned to help the student improve that skill level.

–  The support planned to compensate while a skill level is developing.

–  The tools and a schedule for assessing whether the intervention is effective.

The Individualized Program Planning document by Alberta Education

Best practices for developing an IPP

–  Involve your child (depending on the their age). When students participate in creating their own goals, they are more likely to remain engaged. This develops self-advocacy skills and provides a sense of empowerment.

–  Goals need to be achievable and measurable.  Unrealistic goals lead to frustration and disappointment.

–  Parents are essential members of a student’s learning team. Parent suggestions and observations should inform the IPP.

–  The school will hold regular IPP reviews during the course of the year. However, any time you have questions about your child’s progress, you can schedule a meeting with the teacher.

–  Informed consent is a process in which the parents confirm that they understand and agree to an activity that is directly related to addressing a student’s special education needs.  Be sure you understand what the IPP is offering your child.

–   If you have concerns about an intervention, but you are willing for your child to give it a try, add your concerns with your signature and request a date for review. However, do not sign something you cannot agree with.

–   If something needs to be changed, discuss it with the teacher. If you cannot come to a reasonable agreement about the IPP, ask to have the school administration involved.

–   Occasionally, disagreements cannot be resolved in the school setting. In such a situation, go to your area or district supervisor for advice and support. If you remain concerned, you may have to contact Alberta Education. The process for this is described on page 14 of the Alberta Education document, Standards for Special Education.

Develop a Family & School Partnership

As the IPP is being implemented throughout the year, you are working together with the school to support your child.

In Alberta the overarching approach in public schools is to support diverse learners within an ‘inclusive setting’. As well as this umbrella term, you will hear about various classroom approaches, strategies, accommodations, and interventions that might be used to support your child. We have provided descriptions of these approaches in School Support for Diverse Learners.

Keep in mind: Each child’s learning profile is unique and will evolve over time. During the course of his/her school career and in different classrooms and settings, the kinds of support and strategies used may be different.

In your role as your child’s advocate you will want to maintain a constructive partnership with your child’s teachers and schools. As your child matures, they will have greater awareness of the learning strategies that work best for them and will participate more actively during IPP meetings.