District Programs

  • District 25 is committed to providing a full continuum of special education services and supports for students who are eligible for special education.  A description of the District’s general continuum of services is available here.

     

    District 25 offers several different instructional programs.  Because of the specialized nature of these programs and the limited numbers of students served, these programs are not offered at every building and are typically multi-age classrooms (e.g. 4th/5th).  If a student is found eligible to attend an instructional program that is not available at his/her home school, the District will provide transportation to and from school. Placement within instructional programs is evaluated annually, typically at a child’s annual review. The child’s IEP team is responsible for determining placement.

     

    Communications Program

    The Communications Program is available to students in Early Childhood through 8th grade who need significant communication and social supports.  The Early Childhood classrooms are located at Greenbrier School.  Three elementary classrooms, supporting students in kindergarten through fifth grade, are located at Windsor School.  Students who require a continued level of support in middle school may attend the Individualized Learning Program at their home middle school, with services and supports from an autism specialist. Communications classrooms generally support four to eight students in a multi-grade setting, with one special education teacher, three to four teaching assistants, and related service providers as needed.  Students in the Communications classrooms typically have significant difficulty with expressive language and/or receptive language.  Academic levels may vary; however, many students perform significantly below grade level.  They often struggle with appropriate behaviors and need consistent adult support, as well as a highly-structured and predictable environment. They may have sensory needs. The majority receive related services (Speech, Social Work, OT, APE, PT and others as determined in their IEP) and benefit from those services being integrated into the special education classroom and reinforced by all staff throughout the day. Students benefit from a high level of continuous structure in their day and often need visual supports, visual schedules, routines, sensory integration, behavior/reinforcement plans. They may be eligible under several categories, but most typically under Developmental Delay, Autism, Intellectual Disability or Other Health Impairment.

     

    Extended Resource Program

    The Extended Resource Program (ERP) is available to students in middle school.   This multi-grade level program is available at both South and Thomas.  Students in the ERP program typically demonstrate academic skills two to three years below grade level and progress at a rate slower than typical peers. They require repetition and or reteaching across multiple subject areas. They receive direct instruction in most academics.  Social skills support is embedded in the program as well as support in self help/advocacy skills.  Most students receive related services, such as speech, social work, and/or occupational therapy.  ERP students benefit from having less transitions and more consistent staff support throughout their day.  These students require more intensive instruction in generalizing academic skills in the form of small group instruction with an alternative curriculum.  Students in the program are typically eligible for services under Specific Learning Disabilities or Other Health Impairment.

     

    Foundations Program

    The Foundations Program is available to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, with four classrooms located at Windsor School. Students in the Foundations program typically demonstrate academic skills two or more years behind grade level and progress at a rate slower than typical peers. They require repetition and or reteaching across multiple subject areas. They may struggle with functional or social skills and require support developing self help skills/advocacy. Some may struggle with socially appropriate behavior. Most students receive related services, such as speech, social work, and/or occupational therapy and benefit from those services being integrated into the classroom. These students require more intensive instruction in generalizing both academic and functional skills, in the form of small group instruction.  Students typically join their general education class for PE, music, art, lunch/recess, science, and social studies. Students receive modification for grade-level assignments and teaching assistant support in the general education setting. Some students may also participate in general education core academics with teaching assistant support, as appropriate.  Students in the program are typically eligible for services under Developmental Delay, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Specific Learning Disability, or Intellectual Disability.

     

    Individualized Learning Program

    The Individualized Learning  Program (ILP) is available to students in middle school.   This multi-grade level program is available at both South and Thomas. Students in the ILP program typically demonstrate academic skills three or more years behind grade level and progress at a rate slower than typical peers. They require repetition and or reteaching across multiple subject areas. They receive direct instruction in  functional academics and  social skills and support is given in self help skills/advocacy. The social emotional curriculum is reinforced throughout the school day.   Most students receive related services, such as speech, social work, and/or occupational therapy and benefit from those services being integrated into the classroom and reinforced by all staff throughout the day. An autism specialist is available to team teach, provide direct services, and provide consultation to the classroom teacher, for students moving from the k-5 Communications classroom in middle school. These students require more intensive instruction in generalizing both academic and functional skills, in the form of small group instruction with an alternative curriculum.  Students receive modification of assignments and assessments as well as teaching assistant support in Creative Arts classes.  Students in the program are typically eligible for services under Other Health Impairment, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Specific Learning Disability, or Intellectual Disability.

     

    Integrated Services

    The Integrated Services program is located at Westgate School, and serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. There is one IS classroom at each grade level in first through fifth grade and two at kindergarten, paired with a general education “buddy” classroom for continuous integration throughout the school day.  Students in the Integrated Services program typically demonstrate an academic profile from at or above grade level to moderately below grade level. Many students experience behavioral difficulties, ranging from significant attentional concerns to significant emotional/behavioral concerns. Most students have struggles with executive functioning. Students receive instruction in both the special education and general education classrooms throughout their day. Services in the special education setting are generally small group using grade level core curriculum or  an alternative curriculum. All students are able to participate in the general education classroom for content area instruction using a co-taught instructional model and some level of accommodations. Related service staff provide push in and pull out support. Behavioral supports are provided to students throughout the school day. Most students exhibit social language and social skill deficits and these are explicitly taught within the program. Integrated Services students may be eligible under several categories, but most typically under Specific Learning Disability, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment, and Autism (high-functioning).