Least Restrictive Environments
The goal of the special education program is to place the students in the least restrictive environment. The order of these interventions moves from the least restrictive to the most restrictive learning environments based on the individual student needs.
This level of programming is offered to students who need less than 50% of their day supported by special education services.
In a co-teaching situation, a general education teacher and special education teacher work collaboratively to meet the needs of general and special education students learning together in the same class. In this setting, special education students receive the general education curriculum with special education support. The teachers plan lessons, assess student work, share curriculum expertise and teaching strategies, and share other classroom responsibilities.
Individual Instructional Center (IIC)
This program provides resource support for students taking general education classes. A typical class consists of a low student to teacher ratio. Included in this program is a co-teaching option in which a special education and general education teacher co-teach a general education classroom. IIC teachers maintain contact with their students' general education teachers to be certain that students are successfully completing their coursework.
This level of programming is offered to students who need more than 50% of their day supported by special education services based on their individual needs. Students participate in special education classes that reflect the general education curriculum in core subject areas. The objectives of these special education courses reflect the state standards, but content may be broken down and presented in unique ways to meet the needs of the learners.
Center for Individualized Curriculum (CIC)
This program consists of content courses for students with learning challenges who are functioning below grade level and who need a modified academic curriculum.
Anchor (Offered at Niles North Only)
The goal of this program is to address students who need a highly supportive environment to meet their individual needs, including those with medically fragile needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with social communication needs, (i.e. interpreting non-verbal communication).
This is a broad based program that serves students whose primary needs center around emotional and /or behavioral concerns. It provides a small, nurturing atmosphere to enhance student achievement. In this semi-self contained program students are encouraged to participate in General Education classes. Group therapy is provided; groups are co-facilitated by student services personnel and focus on students' unique needs.
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This program includes self-contained classrooms for students with more severe cognitive disabilities. Students learn functional academics, vocation and recreation skills, to prepare them to live in their communities. Weekly field trips into the community reinforce life skill concepts taught in the classroom.
Bridges (Offered at Niles North Only)
This program serves students aged 18-21 with cognitive disabilities who are preparing to be contributing members of the community. The program enhances the ongoing development of young adults needing community based instruction and practice in home living, personal management, recreation and vocational training.
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