SPECIAL EDUCATION

Special Education student programs are selected in collaboration with the student, parents, the high school child study teams, and with input from teachers. The district program offerings include:

In-Class Resource Program (ICRP)

The In-Class Resource Program is designed to provide support services to classified students in the general education setting in the content areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Two teachers, a special education teacher and a content area general education teacher, work collaboratively to instruct and assist students within the classroom environment. All students are expected to meet general education curricular requirements with the support of individualized instructional strategies and modifications.

Pull-Out Replacement Resource Program

The Resource Program is offered to students who experience difficulty with the rigor, pace and/or structure of mainstream academic subjects. Resource classes are offered in the following content areas: English, mathematics, social studies and science. Small group instruction is provided by highly qualified teachers who modify the general curriculum to meet the individual needs of students. Efforts are made to transition students into general education classes by teaching compensatory skills and strategies.   

Support Program

Students in support class benefit from individual and small group instruction intended to provide compensatory skill development, remediation, pre-teaching of vocabulary and concepts, study skills, organizational strategies and reinforcement. Support class is typically not appropriate for students receiving in-class support.

Learning and Language Disability (LLD)

Program The LLD Program is designed to provide students who require greater academic and social support in the core academic subjects using a modified curriculum guide. As needed, students are provided with instruction in adult daily living, and vocational opportunities to acquire job related skills through the district's School-to-Work program. Students in LLD Social Studies will cycle through US History 1, US History 2 and World History and Cultures Curriculum. Students in LLD Science will cycle through Biology, Environmental Science and Chemistry.

Autism Program

The Autism Program prepares students to maximize achievement and skills according to their individual potential in the areas of language pragmatics and communication, social interaction, academic course work, functional life skills, and vocational skills. Academic course work is individualized within the program. Utilizing a behavioral approach, the program seeks to increase a student’s independent functioning within the school, home, and community. Vocational programming is included, based upon individual student needs, through School-to-Work.

School-to-Work

The primary purpose of this class is to address the individual needs of the students in order to develop functional job related skills for adult life. This program will include instruction in communication for working as part of a group in order to participate on a job site, following written or oral directions, and asking for or offering assistance. Time on task, initiating, and following through to complete tasks will be emphasized. Student interests and talents will be examined to identify possible career paths. Specific job skills will be explored, as appropriate, for possible community based, supported, or sheltered placements. Opportunities within the school building will be explored, including tasks in the student services office, nurse’s office, and in the school building in general. In addition, the student will develop a sense of responsibility, pride, and accomplishment by participating in the community of the school.

Adult Daily Living

The primary purpose of this class is to address the individual needs of the students in order to develop functional home living and leisure skills for adult life. This program include instruction in communication for working as part of a group in order to participate within a home setting, including following written or oral directions, asking for assistance and offering assistance. Time on task, initiating, and following through to complete tasks will be emphasized. Specific home based tasks such as: shopping, table setting, meal preparation, laundry, bed making, and cleaning chores will be modeled and practiced within the life skills lab setting and the community. Leisure skills will be explored to develop positive use of free time, including exploring individual or community-based opportunities for sports, music, art, movies, and/or crafts. In addition, the student will develop a sense of responsibility and accomplishment by independently completing home skills, as well as, becoming an active member within the community.

Bridges Program

The Bridges Program supports students’ emotional, social, and academic needs, while offering them the opportunity to be part of the comprehensive high school. This program integrates inclusion in the general academic program with both a therapeutic component and related support classes.