Students with identified disabilities receive specially designed instruction in areas of need. The district recognizes sixteen disabilities as defined by state and federal law; and provides instruction and related services as needed. Students must be referred and go through a formal assessment process to be eligible for special education services.
Written parent permission is required for assessment and program placement. Individualized Educational Plans are developed and reviewed annually and students are formally re-assessed every three years to determine need for continued eligibility. Districts must follow approved policies and all state and federal special education regulations to receive funding.
Secondary Special Education Programs
The Learning Support Program continues into the secondary level. Learning Support teachers continue to provide direct and indirect support services in grades 7-12. Reading Improvement instruction continues through grade eight, and Study Skills instruction (classes) begins at grade seven and continues through grade twelve. The classes are available to students in need during the academic day for elective credit. An After Hours Study Skills program is also available after school on specific days. Title I, L. A. P. and special education funds support these programs.
At the high school, the Learning Opportunity Center (LOC) provides an alternative curriculum and delivery system for at-risk and credit deficient students. The program focuses on dropout retrieval and prevention and works with student services counselors to provide specialized courses of study for identified students. Basic education funds primarily support this program.