Special Programs is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate-to-severe disabilities (ages 5-21). Special Programs is available across grade levels, and may or may not be, located in a student’s neighborhood school. Based upon the recommendations from the evaluation team, IEP teams determine the location of where a student may benefit from receiving intensive instruction in the identified service areas. These services may include but are not limited to: functional academic skills, adaptive, daily living skills, communication skills, social-emotional-behavior skills.
Special Programs may be considered by the IEP team for students who are unable to receive an appropriate education in a general education setting with non-disabled peers. However, students accessing instruction in Special Programs are not limited to accessing the general education curriculum with non-disabled peers during portions of the school day and may receive additional special education services along a continuum of services in a Learning Resource Center. As students enter into the junior high and high school settings, the specially designed instruction will be aligned to the student’s Transition Plan and High School and Beyond Plan. Students will be provided the transition services and activities they need in order to make progress on their IEP goals in preparation for post-school education-training, employment and independent living.