Special Education & Student Support Services

Our goal in Special Education is for the students to have as much exposure to the general curriculum as possible therefore we carefully coordinate with the general education program. Students receive a full range of appropriate services, both in the general education setting and in pull out small groups or individual instruction.  This system of inclusive education is dependent upon strong working relationships between general and special education and full support from all administrators. 

Inclusion is the belief that everyone belongs and everyone benefits. This educational model requires schools to meet the needs of all students by educating learners with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers.  It is based on the belief that all children can learn together in the same schools and classrooms with appropriate supports. The environment necessary to nurture and foster inclusion is built upon a shared belief system between general and special education, and a willingness to merge the talents and resources of teachers and support staff.

Related Services are defined as developmental, corrective and other support services required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from instruction. Based upon a student's Individualized Educational Program (IEP), related support services may be provided. Some examples of Related Services are;  Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision and/or Hearing Therapy.

A student's related services may change from pre-school to school-age, as children's needs change as they get older. Related services may be the only special education service given to a child, or they may be provided along with other special education services such as special class services. Related services are intended to assist the student to: meet the objectives of his or her instructional program; be involved in the general education curriculum; experience success in his or her classroom setting; and be educated with non-disabled peers.

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