Learning All Ways; Learning Always.
Every student with an exceptionality will have a free, appropriate public education, as defined in an individual education plan, leading to post-secondary training, employment, and as much independence as possible, given the impact of the exceptionality.
Special education is provided in general education classrooms in collaboration with general education teachers, in resource rooms, or if needed, a special education room with supports for interfering behaviors. We also move out into the community, teaching skills students will need in community settings.
Our teachers care deeply for each of their students and may serve a student over the course of four to five years. Teachers also become familiar with their students’ families and often have close relationships with parents. We focus on job-related skills and job skills when a student with an exceptionality enters high school. Students at the high school may attend the tech center or participate in hands-on, job-oriented learning opportunities at the high school. They are referred to Vocational Rehabilitation for ongoing support with employment or post-secondary education after graduation.
Our student to teacher ratio varies depending on the need of the students. Some students, those with severe disabilities, may occasionally require a 1:1 ratio, though we teach our students to be group learners. The maximum teacher to student ratio for small group instruction is 1 to 8, or up to 1 to 15 if there is an ed tech also with the group.