District Programs

  • Arlington Heights School District 25 is committed to providing a full continuum of services and support for students who are eligible for special education. As part of our continuum, we offer instructional programs to meet student needs.  These programs are very specialized for the specific students that require that level of support. Due to the limited number of students that need this level of support, these programs are not offered in every building and are typically multi-grade classrooms.  If a student is found eligible to attend an instructional program that is not available at their home school, District 25 will provide transportation to and from school. Placement within our instructional programs is evaluated annually, typically at the student’s annual review, and the student’s IEP team is responsible for determining placement.

    Elementary Programs

    The Integrated Services (IS) program is located at Westgate Elementary School. 

    • There is one IS classroom at each grade level in kindergarten through fifth grade which is paired with a general education “buddy” classroom for continuous integration throughout the school day.  

    • Students typically demonstrate an academic profile at or above grade level and may require support related to attention deficits, executive functioning needs, and emotional/behavioral regulation difficulties . Students may also exhibit social language and social skill deficits which require explicit teaching. 

    • All students participate in the general education classes using a co-taught instructional model and accommodations. 

    • All students participate in the specials of Physical Education, Art, Music, Library Media Center, Lunch and Recess with a general education classroom given shared teaching assistant support and accommodations. 

    • Students may receive core instruction in the special education small group classroom using grade level core curriculum or an alternative curriculum based on individual student needs.

    • Related services (e.g. speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy) are provided in a push in and pull out format based on individual student needs. 

    • Behavioral support is provided to students throughout the school day that aligns with students' Individualized Education Plan and may include a Behavior Intervention Plan.

    The Elementary Instructional Program is located at Windsor Elementary School.

    • There are multi-grade classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade and each student is paired with a general education classroom for individualized integration throughout the school week.  

    • All students participate in the specials of Physical Education, Art, Music, Library Media Center, Lunch and Recess with their general education classroom given shared teaching assistant support and accommodations. 

    • Students typically demonstrate an academic profile at or significantly below grade level, requiring an Individualized Education Plan to ensure access to the general education curriculum with extensive modifications or the use of an alternate curriculum with multiple opportunities for repetition and reteaching.

    • Students benefit from a highly structured school environment with visual support, individualized schedules, continuous behavior support and  positive reinforcement.

    • Students may also exhibit receptive, expressive and social language delays along with social skill deficits which require explicit teaching. They may demonstrate challenges in sensory regulation and using appropriate behavior.

    • Related services (e.g. speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy) are typically provided in an integrated model so that skills can be reinforced throughout the school day. 

    • Behavioral support is provided to students throughout the school day that aligns with students' Individualized Education Plan and may include a Behavior Intervention Plan.

     

    Middle School Programs

    The Extended Resource Program (ERP) is available to students at both Thomas and South Middle Schools.   

    • These are multi-grade level programs for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 

    •  Students typically demonstrate an academic profile of skills two to three years below grade level and learn at a slower rate than typical peers requiring an Individualized Education Plan with alternate curriculum.

    • Students benefit from the small group instruction model which results in more consistent staff, multiple opportunities for repetition and reteaching, along with less transitions throughout their school day. 

    • All students participate in Physical Education, Creative Arts, and Lunch with their general education peers given shared teaching assistant support and accommodations, if needed per their IEP. 

    • All students participate in Homeroom and Health in either the general education or special education setting with supports and accommodations provided per their IEP.

    • Social skills group supports targeting self help, advocacy, executive functioning, and peer relationships are embedded within the program.

    • Related services (e.g. speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy) are provided in a push in and pull out format based on individual student need.

     

    The Individualized Learning  Program (ILP) is available to students at both Thomas and South Middle Schools. 

    • These are multi-grade level programs for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. 

    • Students typically demonstrate an academic profile significantly below grade level requiring an Individualized Education Plan to ensure access to direct instruction in functional academics and life skills.

    • Students require a structured  small group classroom instruction model with staff that are specifically trained to support their needs. 

    • All students participate in Physical Education, Creative Arts, and Lunch with their general education peers given shared teaching assistant support and accommodations, if needed per their IEP. 

    • All students participate in Homeroom and Health in either the general education or special education setting with supports and accommodations provided per their IEP.

    • Students participate in a life skills class targeting functional performance and daily living skills. 

    • Social skills group supports targeting self help, advocacy, executive functioning, and peer relationships are embedded within the program.

    • Related services (e.g. speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy) are often provided in an integrated model so that skills can be reinforced throughout the school day.