SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

DEPARTMENTALIZED PROGRAM

This program is designed for identified students with special needs who, through Individualized Educational Planning Committee determination, require some of their instruction in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science or social studies taught by a special education teacher. Students are mainstreamed into general education classes whenever appropriate. Special education teachers also provide supplemental support to students on the caseload who are enrolled in general education classes. This may include consulting with parents and staff, modifying assignments, arranging for note takers, providing test accommodations or monitoring individual student progress.


AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER PROGRAM

This program is designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who may receive some or all of their academic instruction in a special education class. Courses in this program are taught by a special education teacher and include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Although these classes are accommodated for student success, they are aligned with the curriculum in the general education classes. In addition, an elective course is also offered to students in the ASD program. This course is designed to with providing instruction to increase student success with verbal communication, social interactions, and life skills. . In addition, there are two paths to high school completion. The path is designed for students that will graduate with a high school diploma. The second path allows students to participate in the high school experience while earning a certificate of completion.

Teachers in the ASD program also provide supplemental support to students on their caseload who are enrolled in general education classes. This may include consulting with parents and other staff members, accommodating assignments, arranging for note takers, or monitoring individual student progress.

Job Skills is a course designed to provide ASD students with skills needed to be successful in all areas of their life. Students are provided with instruction in the areas of social interaction, the pragmatics of verbal communication, anxiety reduction, self-monitoring of behavior, and organization skills. In addition, sensory integration issues are also addressed, as necessary. This course may be taken several times throughout high school with different skills identified and various materials utilized as determined by the student’s IEP.


MILDLY COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED PROGRAM

This program is designed for students identified with mild cognitive impairments who may receive most or all of their academic instruction in a special education class. Courses in this program are taught by a special education teacher and include language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Though modified, the classes are aligned with those in the general education curriculum.

The special education teacher also provides support to students taking general education electives and other courses. This may include consulting with parents and staff, modifying assignments, arranging for note takers, providing test accommodations or monitoring individual student progress.