Welcome to Special Education

Photo of the Special Education department staff
  • Eligibility for special education is based on a thorough assessment consisting of both academic and psychological testing. Placement in special education is determined at an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.

    The Special Education Department provides services to students with learning and other disabilities. There are two primary programs available: the Resource Specialist Program (RSP) and the Special Day Class (SDC) program. In an on-going effort to better serve students’ needs and meet state and federal mandates for least restrictive environment, students often see more than one teacher within the department.

    Resource Specialist Program 

    Resource students who need additional academic support receive assistance with their mainstream class work for one period daily in a learning skills class. These students may also be enrolled in an academic subject area special education class per their IEP.

    Special Day Class program

    Special Day Class Program: Special education modified classes are available for students who need more intensive support in academic areas, generally for three to four periods per day. Students are mainstreamed for electives and physical education.

    SDC/Functional Life Skills program: This SDC program focuses life skills for students with cognitive deficits. The class is a self-contained class for 4-5 periods a day with opportunities for community-based learning plus an off-campus vocational /work experience component through ROP.

    Special Day Class/Severely Handicapped program

    SDC/Severely Handicapped program:  This program is designed to meet the needs for the students with the most significant disabilities. The high staff to student ratio provides intensive personal attention and the opportunity for students to develop skills and enhance independence.

    Crossroads: This program offers academic, vocational and career/job training for special education students who do not fit the traditional academic six period day schedule. Special education students who have life and/or family issues which preclude them from full participation within a typical high school setting may be considered for this program at their IEP.

    Workability I is available to all special education students for work opportunities and vocational exploration.

    Speech/Language Services which address identified communication challenges are available per students’ IEPs.

    Crossroads: This program offers academic, vocational and career/job training for special education students who do not fit the traditional academic six period day schedule. Special education students who have life and/or family issues which preclude them from full participation within a typical high school setting may be considered for this program at their IEP.

    Speech/Language Services which address identified communication challenges are available per students’ IEPs.